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June 21, 2012updated Feb 08, 2013

Baku to Kyiv: Fairmont Expands Luxury into Two Growing Regions

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

The Fairmont Baku and Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv and their respective destinations are rising tourist spots. Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv becomes the city’s first luxury hotel and Fairmont Baku is in the awe-inspiring, skyline-changing Flame Towers.

Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, is poised to become one of the next big luxury travel destinations with the help of oil money being pumped into the city for a 2020 Olympic bid. Three new luxury hotels — Fairmont (fall 2012), Four Seasons (July 2012) and Jumeirah (spring 2012?) — are also enhancing this city to be a must-visit luxury destination. In addition, Baku was the 2011 winner and 2012 host of the popular Eurovision Song Contest, and was recently singled out by Lonely Planet as a top ten global hot spot for urban nightlife.

The most anticipated of the three hotel openings is the Fairmont Baku, opening in fall 2012. It will be one of the tallest and most impressive buildings in the city. The hotel will be part of the awe-inspiring Flame Towers, a three-turreted, multi-use building paying tribute to the country’s name, which means ‘The Land of the Fire’ when translated in modern Persian. Highlights of the new hotel include:

-318 guestrooms and suites, set in one of the three Flame Towers

– Prime location on the Absheron Peninsula next to the Azerbaijan parliament buildings and overlooking the Caspian Sea.

-Guestrooms will be modern and sophisticated with décor reflecting the rich culture and heritage of the city. 

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-Fairmont Gold and over 25,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 24-hour business centre complete with IT butler service and secretarial support.

-Several restaurants, bars and lounges, including an authentic French patisserie and a specialty steak-house. 

Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv just opened in March 2012, becoming the first luxury hotel in Kyiv. The Ukraine and its beautiful, historic capital, Kyiv, are on the rise as an up-and-coming travel destination thanks to much-needed money invested into its tourism sector. The city’s enhancements and hotel’s opening come just in time for the 2012 European Football Championship this month! The airport has been revamped, numerous restaurants and retail outlets have been added, a hot underground art scene has formed and the Fairmont hotel is now bringing the city to a new level to attract high-end travelers to the city. Highlights of the new luxurious hotel include:

-258 elegant guestrooms, including 54 suites as well as Royal and Presidential suites, offering spectacular views of Podil Square and the Dnipro River -Classic, old-world design reminiscent of a stately palace or grand manor home -Cosmopolitan and trendy atmosphere, making it an urban hotspot for the “it” crowd. -Range of dining options, including a stylish Champagne bar, with Champagne tastings by the glass, and chic cigar lounge 13,000 square feet of meeting and function space, including a 5,000-square-foot ballroom -Fairmont Spa with six treatment rooms and a full beauty salon

www.fairmont.com

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