Hilton has opened its first Curio Collection property in Africa, located at Lagos Airport in Nigeria.

The Legend Hotel Lagos Airport is situated next to Murtala Muhammed International airport’s private jet terminal, and features an exclusive immigrations and customs desk for private jet customers.

Facilities include 54 rooms with free wifi, 40-inch TVs, and separate bathtub and shower, as well as indoor swimming pool, steam room, fitness centre, and De Bull restaurant and bar.

Hilton says it is on track to double its presence in Africa in the next five years, with 41 open hotels and 53 in its development pipeline.

Eight properties are set to open across the continent this year, three of which will be under the Hilton Garden Inn brand.

Speaking ahead of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) in Nairobi, Hilton’s President and CEO, Chris Nassetta, said:

“We continue to innovate in Africa with new brands and products, and we are pleased to introduce our Curio Collection brand here with the opening of Legend Hotel Lagos Airport.

“As the continent continues to undergo rapid urbanization, with the UN forecasting that the world’s ten fastest-growing cities will all be in Africa by 2035, this hotel is a part of our strategy to connect guests to key cities and airport locations across the region.”

The group has also launched the Hilton Africa Growth Initiative, with a US$50 million investment which it says will support the conversion of up to 100 existing hotels to Hilton brands, adding 15-20,000 rooms.