If there’s one hotel in Lagos that has been able to sustain it’s standards over the years, that must be the Southern Sun Ikoyi. Aside from its exquisite services, the hotel remains a major part of Nigeria’s history and has continued to tell that story through the art works on the wall that reminds customers of the good old Lagos.
After 10 years of operation in Nigeria, the hotel, which is located in the heart of Ikoyi, hosted friends, clients, guests and distinguished members within Lagos State to a cocktail event in celebration of its milestone achievements in the hospitality industry. Notable among dignitaries at the event devoid of long speeches include the Consul General of the South African Consulate General, Darkey Ephraim Africa, Chief Whip of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Honorable Lateef Abiru, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Networks Limited, Olusegun Ogunsanya, and other top players in the country’s hospitality industry, who gathered to celebrate the iconic brand.
Previously known as the Old Ikoyi Hotel until 2009, Southern Sun Ikoyi changed the dynamics of hospitality standards within Nigeria through its consistency in maintaining and delivery exceptional services through its enthusiastic staff imbibed with a penchant for maintaining high standards in all department. The hotel is truly revered as the leading lodging for business and relaxation offerings in Nigeria.
Famed for its unblemished excellence in hospitality and innovative services, Southern Sun Ikoyi prides itself as the industry standard for exceptional culinary and hospitality offerings having won numerous local and international accolades for distinction, more than many of its contemporaries. Over the years, these celebrated awards include; Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of fame recognition 2018, Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2010 -2015, Top 100 Travel companies in West Africa 2016, Top 50 Restaurants in West Africa 2016, Traveler’s Choice Award 2011-2017, Trip Advisor Hall of Fame Award 2015, West African Tourism Hospitality Awards (WATHAWARDS 2012) ‘Best Fine Dining Restaurant 2012, International Hotel Awards (IHL) UK ‘Best Hotel Nigeria 2013/2014 African Region, International Hotel Awards (IHL) UK “Best Hotel in Africa 2012/2013 to mention a few.
Speaking at the cocktail, the General Manager Mark Loxley expressed gratitude to the guests for gracing the occasion with their presence, as it showcases the unwavering commitment by these Key stakeholders who have consistently supported the journey of the Southern Sun Ikoyi brand over the past 10 years.
“We will also us this medium to appreciate the support of the management team members and stakeholders, whose fantastic support has allowed the Hotel to be positioned as a prominent member within the hotel community in Lagos and has also allowed us a business to take pride and position as a true 4-star internationally branded hotel within the Nigerian Industry.”
Loxley also noted that the concerted efforts in the ongoing staff trainings and development has always been core within Southern Sun Ikoyi’s mandate in ensuring that the human capital within the hotel is maximized to the fullest extent, which has further allowed for a great and consistent service culture to be extended to all the Hotel’s guests.
Also speaking, Director, Southern Sun Ikoyi, Ernest Orji, recalled the unique opportunity afforded him in playing a role in reviving the then decrepit Ikoyi Hotel and the transformation into the New Southern Sun Ikoyi, forged by the strategic partnership with the Tsogo Sun Hotels.He used the medium to appreciate the highly esteemed customers of the Hotel, who through their patronage have and positive reviews have ensured that Southern Sun Ikoyi has remained a choice destination and most especially, the fantastic staff and their work ethic, which has consistently kept Southern Sun Ikoyi as the best performing hotel in Lagos.