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Cresta Oasis – An Icon Being Re-born

Cresta Hotels, as one of Southern Africa’s leading hotel management groups with a total of 17 hotels and lodges situated in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia in its portfolio, has developed a corporate and brand identity that reflects the very essence of its brand personality. Cresta Group pride itself in keeping up to date with global standards in terms of facilities and features. This includes a regular refurbishment programme to keep its hotels fresh and inviting.

Originally opened in 1975 as the Oasis Motel, the iconic Cresta Oasis Hotel and Apartments in Harare is currently undergoing a $2.5-million refurbishment, a complete restoration while maintaining the pulsating energy and urban heart-beat for which the hotel is famous of. Last renovated in 1997, the improvement is gearing for an expected increase in local and international business in coming months and years.

Speaking at an announcement briefing, Cresta Hotels’ country director, Chipo Mandela, said the revamp is anticipated to be completed by year-end involving a brand new look and feel in its bedrooms and bathrooms. Public areas and conference rooms will also benefit as part of this complete ‘makeover’ exercise.

“We are already in the process of undertaking a major refurbishment programme that will transform this hotel into what will be the most exciting venue in its specialized market field,” she said.

“It will be the natural home for small to medium-size conferences, long-stay guests, short-stayers primarily from around Zimbabwe and across the Southern African region, and people from within the city looking to be hosted and entertained in a stylish and modern manner. This hotel celebrated its 40th anniversary just three years ago and it is our belief that we will create on its already solid foundation one of the true hospitality gems of Harare.

Today’s refined travelers will find comfort in the plush linens, and state-of-the-art entertainment arrears of the completed Cresta Oasis.

“Work will involve all apartments and bedrooms, all public areas, all conference rooms, the creation of a new conference room on the site of our existing public bar and the creation of an exciting new bar and entertainment center in the old night club on the eastern side of the hotel.

In all the bedrooms and apartments, bathrooms are being upgraded, an important factor given that almost 60 percent of decision-making related to choosing accommodation is based on perceptions of the bathrooms,” Chipo Mandela explained.

“In addition, we are opening a new hotel entrance along Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, closing entrances through the sanitary lanes, which will become service lanes. As a result of having a new entrance, the reception will also be repositioned to face north. We are also re-paving all the car parks and installing car ports in the main car park to improve the shade factor for guests’ vehicles.

“This is a significant and exciting development that will cost Cresta Hotels about $2.5 million and is scheduled for completion by the end of this calendar year. It is a major investment and stems from our confidence in the current and future potential of Harare, of Zimbabwe and of this region.

We firmly believe that a golden age of travel and tourism into this region and this country is about to happen, spurred on in part by the changes that have taken place and continue to take place in the macro-economic environment. Between 1988 and 1999 Zimbabwe was the go-to destination of Africa, and we in Cresta believe a return to this positioning is on its way.”

Both excitingly different and aesthetically pleasing, Cresta Oasis looks forward to surround itself with innovative design and technology suited for travelling business people. It’s a destination in its own right with quality a la carte restaurants and bar making it ideal for business lunches, private dinners or after work drinks as well as fully equipped conference facilities.  This is the where Zimbabwe meets the world; a fresh, stylish, cosmopolitan setting in the hustle and bustle of Harare city life. Cresta Oasis is the perfect place to mix business and pleasure, as you can do serious business in the day and sit back and enjoy a heavenly cocktail at night.

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