Fairmont opens first hotel in Eastern Europe.
The Fairmont Grand Hotel Kiev opened its doors this week, making it the luxury chain’s first property in Eastern Europe.
Located in the centre of Kiev’s historic Podil district, the hotel features 258 rooms including 56 suites, two restaurants, a Champagne bar, a spa and more than 1,200 sqm of meeting and function space.
In addition, the property features a Fairmont Gold executive floor, offering additional amenities including a private guest lounge serving free food and drink throughout the day and a personal reception desk. There is also a fully equipped business centre with 24-hour access and secretarial services.
Recreational facilities include a 641sqm spa, as well as a fully equipped fitness centre, group exercise classes and access to an indoor/outdoor tennis club.
The opening of the hotel comes in time for the one million fans expected to attend the three-week UEFA Euro 2012 competition starting on June 8. The football championships will be the biggest international sporting event Ukraine, or its partner host, Poland, has ever held, with Kiev hosting the final on July 1.
Meanwhile in Donetsk, which will host group matches and one of the championship’s semi finals, works to modernise the city’s airport have been underway since 2007, in order to meet the requirements set in place by UEFA for airports “to ensure a [possible] flow of 3,100 passengers per hour on Euro 2012 match days”, according to the Ukrainian government’s website.
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts operates more than 60 hotels around the world including London’s The Savoy, New York’s The Plaza and Shanghai’s Fairmont Peace Hotel. The group will also be opening the Fairmont Baku in Azerbaijan later this year.