Fairmont to Take Over the Pekin Hotel in Moscow...Sometime in 2017
Another day, another glamorous new hotel to fantasize about visiting. This time it's in Moscow where the city's iconic Pekin Hotel will be rebranded as the Fairmont Pekin Moscow after an extensive multi-year renovation.
The hotel was initially built in 1955 by Dimity Chechulin, one of the Soviet Union's most famous architects and it sits at the junction of the Garden Ring and Triumfalnaya Square.
Chechulin also designed the Moscow's White House, one of the Seven Sisters buildings and four Metro Stations. Therefore, the hotel's historic façade and internal spaces will be restored and repeated in other parts of the building. Also, the Chinese motifs found in the hotel will be highlighted to "to emphasize the period design of the property" but also perhaps to please the growing Chinese hotel guest population?
When completed, the hotel will have 236 guestrooms and suites which will include a section of rooms for Fairmont Gold, the upper echelon of Fairmont rooms that offer personalized service, amenities and the use of the Fairmont Gold lounge. Also on tap will be a couple of dining venues, meeting and event spaces and a Fairmont-branded spa.
HALS-Development, a real estate development company in Russia, is leading the renovation and while Fairmont's release didn't give any completion dates, the Moscow Times says construction won't even begin until December 2013 so a completion date of 2017 is probably likely. Great! That gives us a good amount of time to land a Russian billionaire who will pay for all our travels.