While the Lagos skyline is prominent along the stretch of Marina featuring skyscrapers housing corporate headquarters of many organsations, it sadly lacks quality hotels to carter for the accommodation needs of most business travelers, and employees on official duties from other parts of the country.
Considering the inconvenience people who lodge in hotels far away from Marina face, the management of Beni Hotels decided to open its outlet in this very busy business district of Lagos Island.
Since 2013 when the hotel was opened on #11/13 Wiwo Onatere Street, Off Broad Street, lodging has never been the same for corporate guests and business travelers because of the close proximity of the hotel to their various places of business interest and offices.
For Adedeji Adeniyi Tayo, the hotel manager, the 100 room hotel is well-positioned to serve the business traveler, corporate guests and the Lagos Island residents, with quality service and facility delivery that no other hotel on Lagos Island can rival.
He also notes that the rumour that the hotel haboured some guests infected with the Ebola virus was false. While some of the guests were from Senegal, the hotel manager notes that was not enough to tag them as Ebola suspects because they were checked and cleared medically and otherwise at the various border posts, and immigration points before coming into the country.
“We do our business here in line with international best practice. We observe best of safety, health and security measures to ensure our guests enjoy the most of their stay in our hotel. The guests have long been cleared by police, health officials and immigration. They do not have any symptom of the Ebola virus, hence Beni Hotels does not have any case of Ebola”, the hotel manager explains.
From mini standard, standard, deluxe and executive room categories, the impressive 100 guest bedrooms are suitable for long and short stay guests. All guest bedrooms are tastefully designed with exceptional hand-crafted wood furnishings and famous brand colours.
The hotel, which is the biggest hospitality offering on Lagos Island, according to the hotel manager, has everything in place to ensure maximum security of the guests while enabling them to effectively carry on with their business interests with modern hotel facilities from the comfort of the hotel rooms.
Bearing in mind the different caliber of guests that grace the hotel including expatriates, Beni Hotel employed the services of renowned chefs who treat guests to various international and local cuisines.
Of course, a day in the hotel for the guest is not complete without relaxing in the refreshing ambience of the swimming pool area on the first floor of the nine-storey hotel building, while the well-equipped gym enables guests to keep fit, beautiful and healthy while on trip.
Also, the business-conscious guests keep abreast with the business world through the free daily business newspapers provided by the hotel at request.
But the state-of-the-art conference hall serves the conference and meeting needs of corporate guests and social events for Lagos Island residents.
Yet the hotel is health and safety conscious. With the outbreak of the Ebola virus, the hotel has in place sanitizers, thermometer, and trained personnel to check and make sure only healthy guests are lodged in the hotel. The safety measures also go beyond the health to security.
Considering safety of guests in the once-notorious Marina, the hotel manger notes that security has improved as patrol teams parade the area. But most importantly, the hotel management is already doing effective corporate social responsibility by employing residents of Lagos Island, meeting the leaders of thought in the area, and supporting good initiatives in the area. The efforts so far have resulted in peace and safety of lives, properties and even guests.
For him, you have no excuse to still lodge in the expensive hotels in Victoria Island, Ikoyi or Lekki when your business, as a traveler, is within Lagos Marina. Besides, the negative perception that Marina is not safe is false, according to the manager who urges guests to try the offerings at Beni Hotel, Lagos Island.