The Rezidor Hotel Group, the Brussels-based hotel management company, will be opening the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Moscow in December when it completes renovations of the former Hotel Ukraina.
Located in the city center, the Radisson Blu Royal Moscow is situated on the banks of the Moskva River at the intersection of prestigious commercial stretches Kutuzovsky Prospect and Novy Arbat. Attractions within walking distance include the Russian Federation-- or Russian "White House"-- as well as Red Square, the Kremlin, and the House of Government. Moscow's international airports are easily accessible, as the main railway terminal to Vnukovo Airport is steps from the hotel.
The Radisson Blu Royal Moscow will offer 507 guest rooms and 38 serviced apartments with kitchenettes. Guest rooms average approximately 345 square feet, and suites range from 540 to 2,750 square feet. All room types offer complimentary high-speed Internet access.
The hotel will feature a unique art collection of nearly 1,000 original socialist realism paintings, the "official" artistic movement of the Soviet Union for nearly 60 years. Restored murals and ceiling frescoes throughout hotel public areas compliment the collection and retain the feel of the original Hotel Ukraina.
The Radisson Blu Royal Moscow will have four restaurants, one developed by leading Russian restaurateur Arkady Novikov. The hotel will also offer culinary boat trips into the heart of Moscow through a partnership with five river cruise liners, featuring restaurants designed exclusively for the hotel.
Additional hotel amenities include a luxury retail gallery, nine meeting and function rooms, and a 43,000-square-foot spa and wellness center offering a Turkish bath, Finnish sauna, six-lane swimming pool and a dedicated kids' club. A bar located on the hotel's 31st floor will provide city views.
Rezidor currently has 40 properties open or under development in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Existing Radisson Blu properties in Russia include the Radisson Blu Royal St. Petersburg and the Radisson Blu Lazurnaya, Sochi on the Black Sea coast.
Moscow has become a hotbed for hotels lately and, despite the recession, the hospitality industry in the city seems poised to bloom: Shangri-La will be opening a property there in 2012, and Mandarin Oriental is planning to open an "upside-down" hotel a year earlier.