The FINANCIAL -- While currently only two famous brands, the Marriott and Sheraton, are successfully operating on the Georgian hotel market, 5 more top-level luxury hotels will be opened by 2010.
“Any 5-star international hotel will be part of the competition, which is normal and welcomed in any sane business environment. So far we have just one main competitor - the Marriott,” declared the Sheraton.
“The final architectural concept has been completed and an interior designer has been selected. The owner is currently working on assembling the construction & management team,” Ursula von Platen, Kempinski Hotels Regional Director of PR, said to The FINANCIAL.
The Kempinski Hotel Rustaveli will be located in Tbilisi’s city centre, on the main boulevard and close to the Opera house. The hotel will have 200 rooms and suites and up to 50 serviced apartments. Demolition works for the hotel have already started. The opening is to take place in 2010.
The Kempinski Hotel in Tbilisi will have meeting and conference facilities with two multi-function rooms for 300 people each. A spa and fitness centre covering 1 000 sqm will offer guests an indoor pool and squash courts. A luxury shopping mall with international brand boutiques will be part of the complex. There will also be a bar and two restaurants.
“We are currently looking at a number of development opportunities for our family of hotel brands in various locations within Georgia, including Tbilisi,” said Iain Wearmout, Communications Manager for Hilton Hotels.
Radisson Hotel and Resorts is to open a brand new Radisson SAS Hotel in the centre of Tbilisi, at Republic Square on Rustaveli Avenue. The hotel is due to open in early 2009, with 170 rooms including 20 connecting rooms and six rooms for disabled guests, a spa and fitness centre with indoor pool, juice bar and rooftop terrace, Filini restaurant, lobby bar for 30 guests, free parking facilities for approximately 70 cars, and meeting facilities including a 380 sqm ballroom.
The new 183-room Park Hyatt Tbilisi, is set to be completed by the end of 2009. Renowned American architects Brennan Beer Gorman (BBG), and interior designers Brennan Beer Gorman Monk Interiors (BBGM), have been commissioned to oversee the conceptual design and construction of this project.
With 183 guestrooms and suites, Park Hyatt Tbilisi will form part of a larger, five-building complex that will also include an office complex, conference centre, spa and fitness centre and Georgian restaurant. The office complex will provide the city with over 20 000 sqm of high-tech office space, in a 21-storey building.
InterContinental Hotels Group is also opening a luxury hotel in Tbilisi.
Scheduled to open early 2010, InterContinental Tbilisi will offer 155 rooms and suites, 15 serviced apartments, a fully-equipped business centre and a variety of leisure facilities. The hotel will be set in an historic building in the city centre, formerly the Ministry of Agriculture.
Both Sheraton and Marriott representatives declare that the amount of their visitors is confidential.
“We are usually fully booked. The popularity of our hotel is the result of high quality service, downtown location, hospitable and homely atmosphere, and personal approach to the guests,” said Irma Tabatadze, marketing coordinator at Marriott hotels in Tbilisi.
“The amount of visitors varies month by month. Our most frequent guests are business people. There are several companies with whom we have permanent accommodation agreements,” said Nino Shoshitaishvili, Sales Manager, SIMS Administrator at Sheraton Hotels & Resorts.
“The Sheraton Metechi Palace Hotel was the first international 5-star hotel in the Caucasus and a member of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide family of brands and a representative of the Sheraton brand, which is a diverse worldwide customer-driven brand. The Sheraton Metechi Palace Hotel has always set the best international standards of quality and service for our multinational customers. Our main priority is to make every guest feel special and belonging in the warm Sheraton family, where their every need is taken care of personally and where each stay is a cherished memory.”
Rates at the Sheraton:
Classic Standard Room USD 245 plus 18% VAT
Deluxe Room USD 270 plus 18% VAT
Club Room USD 325 plus 18% VAT
Club Suite Room USD 420 plus 18% VAT
Deluxe Suite Room USD 480 plus 18% VAT
Executive Suite USD 720 plus 18% VAT
Rates at the Tbilisi Marriott Hotel:
Deluxe Room USD 275
Executive Room USD 335
Club Room USD 355
Superior Room USD 295
Junior Suite USD 375
Patio Suite USD 485
Vice Presidential Suite USD 695
Presidential Suite USD 995
Rates at the Courtyard by Marriott:
Deluxe Room USD 235
Superior Room USD 255
Corner Room USD 285
Junior Suite USD 305