The FINANCIAL — Marriott Hotels announces on January 5 the opening of Minsk Marriott Hotel in early 2016, as the first 5-star internationally rated hotel in Belarus.
A signature Marriott greatroom lobby will welcome guests to the new hotel, which will encompass a fresh and contemporary style. Many of its 217 well-appointed suites and guest rooms will boast panoramic riverside views and balconies while guests looking to sample the hotel’s exceptional dining experiences will be spoilt for choice with an array of venues including a homely Mediterranean restaurant with open kitchen, outdoor hunting restaurant, summer terrace, café, and a rum bar offering a wide range of exclusive rums, according to Marriott.
The property will feature a total of 940 m2 of meeting space for both corporate and social events. Facilities will include eight flexible conference rooms and ballroom space that can accommodate up to 400 people, along with a multifunctional space for collaboration, workshops and private meetings for those looking for a bespoke meeting experience. In addition, Marriott’s Meetings Imagined program provides new opportunities and inspiration for event coordinators and meeting planners along with an online service that keeps guests in touch with guest relation managers 24/7.
The services of Minsk Marriott Hotel are supplemented by the high-end facilities of the multifunctional sports and entertainment complex, Falcon Club, which comprises a state-of-the-art sports arena for 2,100–4,500 spectators, modern gym, wellness centre with spa services, tennis and squash academy and cinemas.
This impressive project, a cooperation between Qatar and Belarus, started in June 2012 and has now entered its final stage of construction. The unique falcon-shaped design was inspired by the logo of the owning company; the falcon is the national bird of Qatar and a symbol of force and courage throughout the Middle East, where falconry is a traditional sport and part of the cultural heritage.
The Assistant Minister of State for Defence and Financial Affairs and the Director of Falcon Investment in Minsk, Dr. Thani A. Al-Kuwari, noted during his last visit to Minsk,
“This Minsk Marriott Hotel Development is just the start of many investment opportunities in Belarus and we already have lots more new ideas. We have invested around $200 million in the development including 217 guest rooms, a sport and entertainment complex, Falcon Club, with facilities such as an arena, tennis and squash academy, fitness club, spa center, cinema, 4-storey parking with 284 car places and energy center, which serves energy for the whole complex. It will offer an exceptional full service hotel experience to guests.”