BON Hotels has expanded its African footprint into Eswatini by taking over the management of the popular and renowned Mountain View International Hotel.
The hotel features 58 rooms which offer spectacular views of the Ezulwini Valley. Located just over two kilometres from the centre of Mbabane, the administrative capital and largest city in Eswatini, the hotel is ideally positioned for tourists visiting the beautiful Kingdom.
CEO and founder of BON Hotels Guy Stehlik says Eswatini presents exciting opportunities for leisure and business tourism. “BON Hotels has been looking to expand into Eswatini for a while as we believe this destination may not necessary be now, but will soon be one of the up-and-coming African destinations with a growing economy and an increasing amount of corporate activity, domestic travel and international leisure appeal. Eswatini is well-established on the international groups routes, and this is key for BON’s linkage to our other hotels on the same routes. We are thrilled to help reposition Mountain View as the hotel of choice for leisure and business travellers to Eswatini.”
Mountain View International Hotel, previously known as Mountain Inn Hotel, recently came under new ownership when South African private investors Sakhumnotho Group Holdings (Pty) Ltd bought the property. The hotel is undergoing extensive refurbishment and will soon feature a signature restaurant, a pool bar, upgraded in-room facilities, enhanced Wi-Fi and several aesthetic changes.
“We are excited to be part of the refurbishments of this iconic hotel, which is one of the oldest serving hospitality establishments in the Kingdom. We’re looking forward to repositioning Mountain View as a modern, full-service property while ensuring we honour the incredible heritage of this hotel, which is in the most remarkable setting with spectacular views.”
The new general manager at the hotel is Sam Nabaala, a Kenyan travel and hospitality guru renowned throughout the industry and the country.
The vision of the Sakhumnotho Group, the new owners, corresponds 100% with BON Hotels’ vision to ‘maximise the Mountain View’s brand presence and reach’ to allow the hotel to welcome a wide range of travellers from around the world. Sakhumnotho, spokesperson and Group Head: Marketing & Corporate Communications, Mosa Ntwampe, said he wants to “ensure that we add value to what’s already been on offer to accentuate the proposition to both local residents as well as international tourists”.
The Mountain View International Hotel will boast a strong and rewarding outreach programme that aims to empower and uplift the local community by creating new job opportunities. Currently, the BON Hotels portfolio includes hotels across South Africa, Eswatini, Nigeria, Ghana and Ethiopia.