August 8, 2014 – Marriott Hotels, the signature brand of Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR), has opened its first hotel in Kazakhstan. Located next to the iconic Bayterek monument in the city’s vibrant business, shopping and entertainment district, the 271-room Astana Marriott Hotel is a contemporary retreat for travellers to Astana. The hotel represents the fifth Marriott International property in Kazakhstan and is managed by an affiliate of U.S. based Interstate Hotels & Resorts.
The five-star hotel features distinctive and contemporary interior design marrying neutral colours, clean lines and luxurious 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. The bathroom artwork is of brightly coloured 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. A destination in its own right, the chic Vista Bar & Lounge located on the 27th floor is a place for guests and locals to enjoy sharing plates of fusion European and Asian cuisine while taking in uninterrupted views of Astana. Aroma restaurant specialises 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 for meeting, socialising or working and 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.
The hotel also offers mobile check-in, enabling Marriott Rewards guests to check in quickly and conveniently via their smartphones. Additional hotel facilities include a business centre, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and a health club with well-equipped gym, indoor pool, sauna, and steam rooms.
Guests at Astana Marriott Hotel can earn points for their stay towards free holidays, flights, room nights and more through Marriott Rewards, an award-winning frequent traveller programme with over 45 million members worldwide offering exclusive membership privileges across 16 brands, 3,800 destinations and 72 countries.
With more than 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 50 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com.
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About Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of a 50/50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Thayer Lodging and Jin Jiang Hotels, is the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company, operating branded full- and select-service hotels and resorts, convention centers and independent hotels worldwide. Interstate and its affiliates manage 440 hotels with 81,000 rooms in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. In addition, Interstate has executed agreements to manage 38 hotels with nearly 6,200 rooms under construction or development throughout the world. For more information about Interstate Hotels & Resorts worldwide, please visit www.interstatehotels.com.