Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will debut the St. Regis brand in Kazakhstan’s capital city with the opening of The St. Regis Astana and The Residences at The St. Regis Astana. The project is being developed by MG Development and is scheduled to open in 2017.
“As we sign our first deal together, I would like to thank MG Development for putting their trust in Starwood. Together, we are proud to open the first new-build St. Regis hotel in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), introducing a new level of luxury to the region,” said Michael Wale, president, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. “CIS represents an untapped market for international hotel development and the signing of The St. Regis Astana and The Residences at The St. Regis Astana is perfectly timed to the increasing global interest in Kazakhstan as the country prepares to host Expo 2017.”
MG Development commented, “We are delighted to work with Starwood Hotels & Resorts - one of the largest hotel companies in the world - and are convinced that this will be a mutually beneficial cooperation. The arrival of such a big player in Astana with its most luxurious brand adds to Kazakhstan’s emerging global infrastructure and makes Astana a destination with international appeal.”
The St. Regis Astana will have 120 rooms, including 18 suites and a Presidential Suite. The project will also feature 50 St. Regis-branded Residences at The St. Regis Astana, which will come with a private entrance.
Starwood in the CIS
“We’ve carefully watched the gradual transfer of business and institutions to Astana, driving an expansion of the city’s international airport and the development of a new railway station, and believe this is the ideal time to bring the St. Regis brand to this burgeoning capital city,” said Bart Carnahan, SVP, acquisitions & development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “Cities throughout the CIS are seeing an increase in regional and international visitors who are looking for high-end accommodations, creating excellent opportunities for the introduction of Starwood’s brands into this important growth market.”
Currently, Starwood operates five hotels in the CIS.