Media Tycoon’s Luxury Hotel Set for Ksh240M Auction

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Photo of a room in the We Hotel and Suites located on Stima Road off Lower Kabete in Westlands, Nairobi.
The We Hotel and Suites, a luxury hotel located in Westlands Nairobi formerly known as Wested is set for auction as reported by Business Daily on Thursday, February 20.

According to the publication, the hotel is associated with media mogul Purish Shah. He is the vice-chairman of urban station East FM which is linked to Radio Africa.

The We Hotel and Suites is set to be auctioned over a reported Ksh 240 million debt owed to the Bank of China. In a notice that was published in dailies on Wednesday, February 19, the auctioneer, Dalali Traders welcomed potential buyers to attend the event on Thursday, February 20 to be held at its premises.

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Photo of a room in the We Hotel and Suites located on Stima Road off Lower Kabete in Westlands, Nairobi.

“Under instructions received from the charges advocate, we shall sell by public auction the under mentioned property on Thursday 20 February at our offices along Kijabe Street next to Universal Church starting at 10:30 am,” the auction notice read in part.

It is located along Stima Road off Lower Kabete in Westlands and is built on 0.212 acres.

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We Hotel and Suits rests in a seven-storey building with the basement housing the parking lot. It comprises seventeen parking spaces, a conference centre, laundry area, staff dining room and stores. The hotel boasts 42 rooms, 14 serviced apartments, a spa, a gym, a conference room and a restaurant on its seventh floor.

“A deposit of 25 per cent of the sale price must be paid in cash or banker’s cheque at the fall of the hammer and balance paid within the 90 days to the charges,” the auctioneer’s stated in the notice.

We Hotel and Suits adds to the list of several other hospitality facilities that have been crippled by ever-ascending debt. The publication cited the government’s directive for all its employees to hold meetings in government institutions as a contributor to the fall of the businesses.

In January 2020 alone, close to five luxury hotels were put up for auction. Nairobi tycoon Wahome Muotia’s Nairobi Upper Hill Hotel, former Cabinet Minister Gideon Ndambuki’s  Roof Garden Hotel and late Defence Minister Njenga Karume’s Jacaranda Hotel all fell under the hammer.

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