Hilton aims for Africa's tallest building with Nairobi hotel

Hotel chain plans 330-m-high skyscraper in Upper Hill area.

The Hilton chain of exclusive hotels plans to manage the tallest building in Africa when the Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill opens in 2020.

The proposed 330-m high hotel complex will comprise two tower blocks hosting a combined 255 guest rooms as well as a residential, retail and entertainment complex, including an outdoor pool and five dining areas.

The hotel proposal for Nairobi's Upper Hill, an upmarket area that hosts numerous embassies and international organisations, coincides with Hilton's plans to construct a 350-room hotel at Lagos airport in Nigeria and a 280-room hotel in the Ghanaian capital Accra.

The US-based hotel group is expected to more than double its presence in Africa from 39 hotels to over 80 in the next three to five years.