Boulevard Palace is Finally Open

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It is no doubt the latest significant landmark on the Monrovia city skyline, but the proprietors of the box-shaped hotel promise it to be “a place where elegance meets African luxury.” Boulevard Palace, it is called; located on the corner of 13th Street and Tubman Boulevard in the Monrovia suburb of Sinkor.

The 105-room hotel comes with high class and custom made furnishings as well as offering a panoramic view of the city from its unique vantage points. The suites come in varying formations, to accommodate guests checking in by themselves or as a family or as executive caliber. The rooms have key-card entry and an electronic safe for each room; CCTV surveillance for public areas, and what it calls “latest security and fire protection systems.”

The top level (fifth floor) of the Boulevard Palace hosts the bar and restaurant, offering a bird’s eye view of the Tubman boulevard immediately below but a breathtaking view of the Atlantic horizon. On the other side of the building, one can appreciate the mangrove on the edge of Matadi.

The property on which the hotel is built belongs to the Liberia United Methodist Church Annual Conference. The Church board of trustees entered a land lease agreement in 2011 to the management of the Boulevard Palace, chaired by Mr. Salim Halabi.

At the colorful grand opening yesterday, Bishop John Innis, presiding prelate of the United Methodist Church in Liberia, congratulated Chairman Halabi for his farsightedness, courage and vision to undertake such an investment.

The occasion was graced by an intimate audience of primarily high ranking government officials, foreign diplomats and members of the business community.

Representing the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Deputy Minister Isaac Jackson said the opening of the Boulevard Palace is “a clear example of what President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf meant when she said that our country is secure.” He made mention of a rigorous inspection exercise performed at the Boulevard Palace by a team from the
Ministry, led by Deputy Minister for Tourism, Jackie Capehart. According to Min. Jackson, Min. Capehart, based on her team’s assessment, recommended to Minister Eugene Nagbe that the hotel be granted a five-star rating, which was officially granted.

The Boulevard Palace currently has no swimming pool, fitness center or other recreational facilities, but appears to cater more toward a business agenda driven clientele, at least for now, given the current lineup of facilities and services.

Other amenities offered by the hotel include laundry service, express checkout, ample and secure parking, 24-hour security; luggage storeroom; business center; 24 hour room service; babysitting service on request; conference and banquet facilities; car rental service; wireless internet connectivity in public areas; soundproof windows; self-controlled air conditioning; 32” widescreen flat panel LCD HD TV; DSTV; direct dial telephone; voicemail service; mini-bar; coffee/tea facility; premium bath amenities; hair dryer; evening turndown service, among others.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf paid an early visit to the grand opening ceremony, where performed the official ribbon-cutting, toured the facilities and left the building. Later Vice President Joseph N. Boakai graced the occasion.

In his remarks, Mr. Boakai thanked the United Methodist Church “for being so gracious to give this property to erect this facility,” and commended Mr. Halabi and team for their confidence to undertake such an investment.

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