Starwood and Hyatt head eastward

March 8, 2007 at 10:41 am | Posted in hotels, news, Russia, Ukaine | Leave a comment

I already wrote about Moscow hotels here, but there is more to say about new hotels in Russia and Ukraine.

Starwood plans to open W Hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2008. It will be the first Starwood hotel in Eastern Europe. St.Petersburg`s W Hotel will have ~ 135 rooms, 24-hour concierge, W Living Room, restaurant and rooftop bar. Design will be created by Antonio Citterio&Partners. Votpusk.ru says that, interior is supposed to be modern classic, but facade will look like other historic buildings in near neighborhood. Both eHotelier.com and HotelChatter.com wrote:

The W St. Petersburg is centrally located south of the Neva River in the historic centre of St. Petersburg, with many of the city’s cathedrals, museums and palaces accessible by foot. The hotel will be located on Voznesensky Prospect, between St. Isaac’s Square and the Admiralty, just a stone’s throw from the lavish Winter Palace which houses the world famous Hermitage Museum. From their rooms, hotel guests will enjoy spectacular views of the landmark gold-domed St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

Starwood has announced new W Hotels in Barcelona and Athens too.

Let`s move from Russia to Ukraine and its capital Kiev. Ukraine becomes more popular among both business and holiday travelers, which means need for international standard hotels. First one was Radisson about a year ago. Now Hyatt has decided to follow and is opening its Hyatt Regency Kiev in May. Hotel is going to be quite pricey with 234 rooms and services for business travelers, but in good location – in city centre, overlooking Old Town. Business Traveller.com says:

The competition is to be welcomed but strong demand means that room rates (not yet published) will be on the high side. Guests can expect all today’s luxuries and facilities including a choice of F & B outlets, fitness centre with spa and swimming pool, in-room safe and broadband etc.

Room rates at Radisson starts from Euros 292 and there is strong belief, that prices won`t go down after opening of Hyatt.

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