SPONSORED: SIFAX Group opens Lagos Marriott Hotel in Ikeja

L-R: Alhaji Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, Governor of Jigawa State; Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ooni of Ife; Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor, Lagos State; Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria; Representative of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture of Nigeria; Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, former President of Nigeria; Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group and his wife, Mrs. Afolasade Afolabi, during the official commissioning of the Lagos Marriott Hotel, Ikeja yesterday.

World-renowned hospitality brand, Marriott Hotel has been declared open in Nigeria with its prestigious trademarks of exquisite surroundings, stately, well-appointed palatial Presidential Suites, upscale rooms, bars with choice wines, Olympic swimming pools and a large ambience for modern travellers and guests to relax, rewind and regain strength during their stay.  Located in the heart of Ikeja GRA and accessible by well-paved roads only fifteen minutes’ drive from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos Marriott Hotel Ikeja becomes an irresistible attraction to international travellers including businessmen, tourists, diplomats, envoys, statesmen, world leaders and technocrats.

Lagos Marriott Hotel is seamlessly connected to the expansive multilane Ikorodu Expressway that runs freely to Lagos Island, the Apapa and Tincan Island ports, which invariably makes the facility attractive to a coterie of suitcase carrying Nigerian and foreign shippers, shipping agents, freight forwarders and port users who throng the ports and maritime parastatals every day. Lagos Marriott Hotel is highly desirable, a soothing welcome development.

Lagos Marriott Hotel Ikeja, by virtual of its proximity to Lagos Airport, would be inevitably attractive and highly patronized by aviation industry stakeholders such as SAHCO PLC, NAHCO PLC, FAAN, NCAA, NAMA, international travellers, travel agents and tourists   

The hotel was commissioned and affluently declared opened by the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Professor Yemi Osinbajo represented by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Honorable Minister of Information and Culture on Wednesday 9th of May, 2021.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed noted that the hotel would boost the travel and tourism industry and provide job opportunities for Nigerian youths. He assured that the federal government would not relent in the provision of basic social amenities and critical infrastructure to grow industries and encourage entrepreneurs in Nigeria while assuring Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman of SIFAX Group and promoter of Lagos Marriott Hotel, of continued support.

The occasion was graced by the cream of the society like an elder statesman and former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Governor Aliu Bagudu of Kebbi State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, His Imperial Majesty Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi and other very important personalities.

Visibly elated by the presence of the august guests and the success of the event, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi (MON) promised that he would continue to undertake landmark projects that would create jobs for youths, boost the Nigerian economy and alleviate poverty. “Our mission at SIFAX Group is to improve the wellbeing of the Nigerian citizenry through gainful employment, good education and a better life for the people with the ultimate goal of achieving a more prosperous Nigeria. I thank the Vice President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi, Governor Sanwo-Olu and Governor Bagudu and all the well-meaning guests for finding time to be here for this occasion,” noted Dr. Afolabi.

Volker Heiden, Area Vice President – Sub Saharan Africa, Marriott International, said “We are excited to have opened the Lagos Marriott Hotel Ikeja, bringing Marriott Hotels’ transformed vision to Nigeria. Lagos is a vibrant and bustling city with much to see and do for leisure and business travellers. What better place to debut the Marriott Hotels brand in Nigeria with its thoughtful service and intuitive spaces that enable guests to be inspired during their stay.

“Every client of Lagos Marriott Hotel is set for an unimaginable premium experience like never before. We assure them of world-class hospitality, super customer satisfaction and royalty treatment. Frequent travelers who have points using the Marriott hotel franchise globally can also redeem their points here in Nigeria too. We have an in-club system for our premium members located on the first floor of the hotel.

“The unique selling propositions of this hotel are the various amazing products we offer our clients which are non-existent in the country’s hospitality industry. The security of our guests is very paramount to us and that’s why every door and window in the facility is bomb-proof. Our pricing is also very commensurate with the quality that we offer.”

Speaking also at the event, Chike Ogeah, Managing Director, Mac-Folly Hospitality Limited, the SIFAX Group’s hospitality subsidiary, applauded Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group, for bankrolling the multi-billion naira investment, adding that his vision of a premium hospitality business in Lagos has manifested through the new hotel.

He said: “The building of this hotel took us six years. We took our time to tastefully select all the materials and equipment that were used in order to serve our clients the best. As a man that has travelled all over the world and experienced first-hand hospitality at its peak, our Chairman, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, decided to build this hotel in Nigeria in order to promote the hospitality and tourism industry in Lagos and provide opportunities to further improve the economy.”

Lagos Marriott Hotel Ikeja offers 206 guestrooms and 44 suites each with expansive views of the city. The spacious guestrooms are thoughtfully designed with contemporary décor and intuitive in-room amenities.  Natural colours, crisp lines, purposeful lighting and comfortable bedding create an intimate and peaceful space for guests to get into their best headspace for success. Deluxe walk-in showers and spa-like lighting complete the relaxed experience throughout the room.  In line with Marriott Hotels’ newest global design strategy, local accents add a sense of place to the sleek aesthetic. Open workspaces allow for flexibility to connect anytime.

The Greatroom at the heart of the hotel blends modern elements with local touches inspired by Nigeria’s rich heritage and traditional crafts. The multi-use space is designed for guests to socialise, relax and work.

The M Club is an exclusive space reserved for Elite members and Club paying guests and provides complimentary breakfast, evening drinks, hors d’oeuvres and premium beverages throughout the day. The M Club also offers the brand’s signature Mind Menu, a selection of delicious snacks and beverages with active ingredients to enhance mind and body. Accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the M Club provides free Wi-Fi, printing services and power supplies to ensure uninterrupted productivity for business travelers.

Guests can relax in the hotel’s tranquil spa offering rejuvenating and restorative treatments, steam rooms and saunas.  Guests seeking to stay active during their stay can enjoy complimentary fitness classes at the Fitness Center, and make use of the state-of-the-art fitness equipment and outdoor pool.

Lagos Marriott Hotel Ikeja caters to small and large-scale events with 1,380 square metres of sophisticated event space, including the largest ballroom in Ikeja.  The hotel offers six breakout rooms and nine event rooms. The meeting spaces can be adapted to cater to a variety of event formats and group sizes, with pivotable walls, moveable partitions, soft seating and modular furniture. Ideas are easily captured with tech-savvy tools such as rewritable surfaces, magnetic panels and shared-screen technology to support productivity and collaboration.

The hotel boasts a diverse selection of restaurants offering regional and international cuisine. The Azure Grill Restaurant, with stunning views of the pool terrace, serves a variety of dishes cooked to perfection on an authentic charcoal grill. The WAKAME specializes in Asian-Fusion cuisine originating from China, Japan, Thailand and Northern Indian. The Koriko & Co is an all-day dining buffet restaurant featuring international favourites and live cooking stations.

Lagos Marriott Hotel Ikeja is located in the heart of Lagos, just 15 minutes from the Murtala Muhammed International airport and a short distance to the third mainland bridge providing easy access to the other side of the Ikeja. The hotel is in close proximity to the city’s main attractions, leisure facilities and shopping malls including the Ikeja City Mall. The hotel also shares its area with The Shrine and Motherland – two globally acclaimed African music entertainment hubs.

“We are excited to welcome local residents and travellers to our inspiring space and look forward to creating experiences that nurture their creativity,” said Rudi Janse van Rensburg, General Manager, Lagos Marriott Hotel Ikeja. “Guests at Lagos Marriott Hotel Ikeja will be able to free themselves of distractions when they step into our hotel, allowing them to focus solely on being the best they can be.”

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