There is nothing that attracts investors more than secure, political goodwill, and a general conducive environment – Laikipia is a witness to this reality.
Several businesses have opened up in the last five years, ranging from financial institutions and supermarkets to Hotels and Industries.
The most recent and one-of-a-kind investment is The Warwick Hotel Nanyuki which has brought new life to the town.
Opened on the New Year’s Eve, the hotel has seen more customers visit to have a taste of their unique products and services.
According to the General Manager, Wallace Chege, the reason for customers wanting to visit the restaurant is because of the fair prices they are charging compared to the standards of services available.
We are offering five-star services at a three-star rate. said Mr. Chege.
Situated just around 50 meters from the famous Equator signage as one enters Nanyuki, the high-end enterprise provides a clear view of Mount Kenya, especially from the top floor which is covered in clear glass to allow the customers to enjoy the view without any hindrance.
Another thing making the enterprise more appealing to even the locals is the fact that they are buying their products from the local markets and slaughterhouses a mantle that is being promoted by the County Government of Laikipia. Through Buy Laikipia, Build Laikipia, the county is encouraging the consumption of products and services
from within the county.
This is in the spirit of believing that Laikipia products are of high quality and thus one needs to only import what Laikipia lacks.
The 78-roomed hotel has four mega-conference rooms, three medium ones, and four smaller ones used as boardrooms.
The largest conference room holds up to 100 people sitting following the COVID-19 regulations, while the medium ones hold 50, still while following the guidelines.Mr. Chege said.
On the ground floor is the main restaurant named Hibiscus and a rooftop bar called Ikwetta Sky Lounge with a DJ.
A SPA area with a modern gym also exists with a trainer to help people keep fit and a massage parlor. Alongside this is a swimming pool with a pool garden and a poolside choma zone.
The Warwick Hotel Nanyuki has created direct job opportunities to 40 individuals, 80 percent of whom come from Laikipia. The aim is to reach at over 80 employees in the near future as the business keeps growing.
During the construction, 150 people at any given moment relied on the enterprise, only unique expertise was sourced. Also, the majority of the products came from the local hardware, not from the city.