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City news, 11.05.2004 14:57

New Marriott hotel opens in Saint-Petersburg

Marriott Grand in Moscow The Renaissance St. Petersburg Baltic Hotel opens on Tuesday in the historic heart of the city at 4 Pochtamtskaya Ulitsa to become the sixth deluxe hotel in town. Managed by influential Marriott International, the hotel becomes the group's sixth hotel in Russia, after four hotels in Moscow and one in Samara.

Owned by a subsidiary of the Baltic Construction Company (BSK), the hotel is located in a former 18th century mansion, which served as the private residence of Mikhail Yakovlev, a school friend of national poet Alexander Pushkin in 1820s and 1830s. Yakovlev converted the building into a series of apartments for rent. Among the tenants was journalist and secret police agent Fadei Bulgarin, ironically, a strong adversary of Pushkin. The building has since gone through several owners until it was restored by BSK.

Sergei Kovalev, director of Inter Consult has valued BSK's investment at around $8 million to Vedomosti, but BSK has made no comment on the sum.

The Renaissance St. Petersburg Baltic Hotel offers 102 rooms at $350 as opening rates which are going to last until at least Oct. 15.

This price compares favorably to the rates of Astoria, where the cheapest option during high season is $409, and Grand Hotel Europe, where the cheapest price is $380. But Corinthia Nevskij Palace is going to be a tough price competitor: according to the hotel's booking office, it is possible to get a room there in July for 170 euros.

The Renaissance has several rooms with amenities for the disabled people and an elevator designed to suit their needs. All rooms are numbered with Braille numerals, in addition to regular numbers.

The hotel, which took nearly three years to construct, has cosy rooms and a spacious terrace facing West, which offers a romantic St. Petersburg view, juxtaposing the top of St. Isaac's cathedral with crumbling facades of nearby residential houses.

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