The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is expanding its portfolio to the Commonwealth of Independent States, a region which continues to exhibit growth, with the development of its first hotel in Kazakhstan—The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty.
According to Hotelier Middle East, the 145-room Ritz-Carlton, Amaty is located in the 37-story Esentai Tower, part of the mixed-use Esentai Park development in Almaty, and marks the group’s debut in Kazakhstan. The property is slated to open late next year.
The hotel includes suite and club accommodation, with 10,000 square feet of meetings facilities. Almaty, formerly the capital city of Kazakhstan, is the Republic’s largest city and an important cultural and commercial center. Located between the Bolshaya and Malaya rivers, Almaty was formerly one of the transit stations on the Silk Road.
The CIS continues to attract hotel development, HotelManagement.com notes. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide plans to expand its hotel portfolio throughout Russia and the CISs by double with seven new hotels over the next three years. This includes the debut of the Aloft brand in Russia with the Aloft St. Petersburg.