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Novotel Hotel in Bujumbura to Rebrand as a DoubleTree by Hilton

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Hilton has signed a licensing agreement with long-standing franchisee, the Opulent Group, for the conversion of a hotel in the capital city of Bujumbura in Burundi, East Africa.

 The 130-room DoubleTree by Hilton Bujumbura will open early in 2014.

 Formerly the Novotel, the property will undergo an extensive 18-month improvement and rebranding programme before officially opening under the DoubleTree by Hilton banner.

 Property renovation plans are already underway and will cover all key areas of the hotel, including full refurbishment of the hotel lobby and renovation of all guest and meeting rooms. As part of the programme, a new business centre and fitness centre will also be introduced into the hotel for the first time.

Bujumbura is located on the north-eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika, and, as the countrys largest city and main port, is a busy commercial hub for Burundis import and export trade.

DoubleTree by Hilton Bujumbura will enjoy a prime location in the capital city, at the centre of the commercial district and close to businesses, embassies and government offices.

 Once open, the hotel will boast four conference rooms, a business centre, fitness centre and outdoor pool. Dining options include two restaurants, including one specialty and one all-day dining, and a bar.

Ayazali Jivraj from owners Opulent Group said, Following the success of our two existing DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in Tanzania, we are thrilled to once again be working with the Hilton Worldwide team to develop this landmark hotel in Burundi. DoubleTrees status for offering top quality accommodation and superior service standards is proving invaluable in attracting guests to our properties in Africa.

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