The luxurious new 175-room Marriott is changing the face of the city in readiness for a 2014 opening.
Marriott stressed the attraction of Novosibirsk, Siberia's largest city which the company referred to as 'a vibrant hub of commerce and culture, the city is an important centre for governmental affairs and industry, with an extraordinary host of cultural institutions'. Picture: The Siberian Times
A 5-star development called the Marriott Novosibirsk, it is constructed on a landmark site a short walk from the city's iconic Opera and Ballet Theatre. What Lenin would think of such a prestigious hotel on a square bearing his name (his brooding statue still looms over the heart of Novosibirsk) is anyone's guess.
This elegant Marriott is seen as the leader in a little-noticed hotel revolution across Siberia from the Urals to the Pacific, a boon to business travellers and tourists alike. It aims 'to be popular with both business and leisure travellers. Additional hotel facilities include a casual dining restaurant, a Lobby Lounge & Bar, and business centre,' explained Marriott International.
As the structure nears completion, the removal of scaffolding shows an original and ambitious design that enhances the city centre in Novosibirsk.
The hotel is built by Sibirskiye Oteli Development Company, and is reported to be the subject of a 50-year management agreement between Globus and Marriott International. It will have 175 suites and a total area of 15,500 square metres. It will include a congress centre, a swimming pool and a fitness club.
Its arrival coincides with an unprecedented development of top hotels from international brands across the region's six time zones.
Marriott's arrival to Novosibirsk coincides with an unprecedented development of top hotels from international brands across the region's six time zones. Pictures: The Siberian Times
Competition in the battle for excellence will come from Krasnoyark where another 5-star Marriott is due to open. Irtuksk, meanwhile, is set to get both a Kempinski and a Hyatt hotel in moves which show the top-end hotel market on the move in Siberia.
Irkutsk already has a Courtyard by Marriott hotel, the first Marriott venture in Siberia. Vladivostok boasts two new Hyatt hotels - the Hyatt Regency Vladivostok Golden Horn and the Hyatt Burny Vladivostok.
Further west, in January 2012 Best Western Plus opened its Spasskaya Hotel in the Russian oil capital of Tyumen, a first in Siberia for 'the world's biggest hotel family'. Omsk, another key business hub with potential for tourist growth, already has an Ibis Hotel, converted from the Soviet-era Sibir Hotel, and operated by leading mid-market chain Accor.
Marriott stressed the attraction of Novosibirsk, Siberia's largest city.
Parks of Novosibirsk and below, river Ob' embankment in Novosibirsk. Pictures: The Siberian Times, gelio-nsk.livejournal.com
'Novosibirsk is the capital of the Siberian Federal District and Russia's third largest city after Moscow and St Petersburg. A vibrant hub of commerce and culture, the city is an important centre for governmental affairs and industry, but also boasts an extraordinary host of cultural institutions.
'Known as the cultural capital of Siberia, Novosibirsk's State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Novosibirsk Philharmonic Hall and M.I. Glinka State Conservatory are internationally acclaimed.
Visitors to the city can also explore its many cultural heritage sites and architectural and historical monuments as well as museums and theatres'.
Novosibirsk - which currently has a Doubletree by Hilton - is also expecting a Park Inn by Radisson Hotel, part of a huge roll out of hotels across Russia by Regional Hotel Chain, headed by Andrey Yakunin.
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