Radisson sets foot in Bahir Dar, partners with Grand Resort & Spa
One of the most prominent hotels in Bahir Dar, Grand Resort and Spa, is to be named Radisson Bahir Dar and will be fully managed by one of the most sought after international brands. This is the first time the brand has ventured outside of the capital.
“I am excited we are partnering with Radisson and pushing the hospitality industry to a much higher standard and level, the owner of the hotel, Tiliksew Gedamu, a former high school teacher who also owns another hotel in Gambella and Debre Markos told The Reporter. “This was a relationship that developed organically and with care and we are fully confident, it will help us serve our customers with an international standard”.
Operational since 2012, the Grand hotel will close its doors early next year for a period of six month and go through renovation that will help it meet the standard of Radisson. Located inside a 16 floor building, it has 125 rooms and has been a towering landmark when it first opened, complementing other hotels, including Kuriftu Resort. The hotel rests on a 2540 sqm plot of land.
“When you open a hotel, you want to offer the best services. You want your brand to stand out and grow eventually. And to us, this is our long-term plan. That is to find innovative ways and look locally and in the international arenas, to offer the best to those who choose to visit the historic and beautiful city of Bahir Dar.”
While Bahir Dar is known to be a tourist attraction with its Blue Nile falls, Lake Tana and varies monasteries, it is the first time the city is welcoming a brand hotel.
“Grand Resort & Spa is a five-star hotel. But we do not just rest by achieving that standard. We want to exceed it and here we are with more features, and beautiful hospitality that is rare and something I want my legacy to be a part of,” Tiliksew concluded.