Marriott Hotels Debuts First Property in Kazakhstan
Thursday August 7th, 2014 - 10:05AM PBK
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ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN—Marriott Hotels has opened its first hotel here, becoming the fifth Marriott International property in Kazakhstan. Located next to the Bayterek monument in the city’s business, shopping and entertainment district, the 271-room Astana Marriott Hotel is managed by an affiliate of U.S. based Interstate Hotels & Resorts.
The hotel features contemporary interior design combined with neutral colors, clean lines and marble with traditional Kazakhstan artwork. The sense of place continues throughout the guestrooms with headboard designs featuring a traditional Kazakhstan motif that reflects the country’s love of pattern, according to the company. The bathroom artwork consists of brightly colored silks, a reference to Kazakhstan's historical links to the ancient trading Silk Route.
The hotel offers three diverse dining options: Vista Bar & Lounge, Aroma restaurant and the Lobby Bar. The Vista Bar & Lounge located on the 27th floor offers a fusion European and Asian cuisine while providing views of Astana. Aroma restaurant specializes in seasonal dishes of grilled meat and fish and a selection of French and Kazakh specialties created by Benoit Letellier, executive chef of the hotel. The Lobby Bar is the focal point of the hotel and open throughout the day, offering drinks and light bites.
For meetings and events, the hotel has three meeting rooms and a grand ballroom divisible by three, which can accommodate 230 people. Meeting planners can take advantage of two digital services from Marriott Hotels to enhance their meeting or event experience: Meetings Imagined, a digital platform allowing users to design the entire look and feel of an event from a desktop, tablet or mobile device, and Red Coat Direct, which enables meeting requests to be edited with a touch of a button without leaving the meeting room.
Tags: Marriott Hotels • Kazakhstan • Hospitality • Brands • F+B • Openings •
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