Refurbishment at one of the country’s leading hotels, Rainbow Towers, has begun.
The exercise took effect at the beginning of the month after the hotel secured a $7,5 million loan from Africa Export and Import Bank.
Speaking at a press briefing on Friday, Rainbow Towers general manager Richard Nkomo said the group was focusing on improving all its products to meet international standards.
“We are the first biggest hotel to embark on such a major refurbishment in the country,” said Nkomo.
Nkomo said the first phase would see two floors being refurbished at any given time while a third floor would be closed to act as a noise buffer from the other floors.
“The project has picked up excellent pace. The planning stage has been concluded and funds for this project realised.
“Contractors appointments are currently underway mostly based on the adjudication done on the mock-up rooms,” said Nkomo.
The refurbishment exercise is expected to be completed within nine months.
Areas that would be attended to include the ground floor, public and reception areas.
The Kombahari and Harvest Gardens Restaurant will be combined into a 156-seating capacity restaurant with an internal private seating for 10 people and a patio overlooking the pool.
There will also be an installation of a show kitchen for live cooking, complete overhaul of restaurant toilets, full modernisation of guest and service elevators.
At least 192 rooms and their respective corridors would be renovated under the project.