Fairmont Prepares for 2012 Openings in India, Russia and Azerbaijan

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is looking to open several new properties in 2012. Headlining Fairmont's schedule of 2012 openings are the Fairmont Jaipur in India, Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv in Ukraine, and Fairmont Baku in Azerbaijan.

In total, the luxury brand has five hotel projects, representing more than 1,300 guestrooms, slated to open next year.

The Fairmont Jaipur (opening March 2012) marks Fairmont's first foray into India, and will have 199 guestrooms, nine one- and two-bedroom villas as well as a Presidential Suite. Nice perks: Guestrooms will include over-sized bathrooms with soaker tubs and Bose sound systems. The brand's exclusive Fairmont Gold product, a hotel-within-a-hotel concept, will have 38 guestrooms and private lounge facilities, and will make its debut in the market as well. The hotel will also have a large Willow Stream Spa and a health club.

The Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv is expected to open in early 2012. The hotel will have 257 rooms, including 35 suites, Fairmont Gold and a Royal and Presidential Suite, and will be centrally located on the Dnipro River in the heart of Kyiv's historic Podil district. The hotel will have a Fairmont Spa with six treatment rooms and a full beauty salon.

The Fairmont Baku will, upon opening, be one of the tallest buildings in the capital city of Azerbaijan. The hotel will be part of the Flame Towers, a three-turreted, multi-use building. The hotel will have 318 guestrooms and suites in addition to a prime location on the Absheron Peninsula next to the Azerbaijan parliament buildings and overlooking the Caspian Sea. The hotel will also feature Fairmont Gold.

Additional Fairmont hotels expected to open later in 2012 include the 300-room Fairmont Makati, Philippines, which will be located near the Philippine Stock Exchange, and the 372-room Fairmont Palm Jumeirah on Dubai's The Palm, Jumeirah. Looking beyond 2012, Fairmont is also working on a number of hotel development projects in markets like Saudi Arabia, Russia, Fujairah, and China.

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