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Klaus Kartmann the Opening GM for Raffles International
235 room Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy Moscow 
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Singapore, 30 June 2005 – Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy Moscow is set to open on 18th July 2005. Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy Moscow is positioned at the top end of Moscow’s domestic and international hotel scene and joins the growing portfolio of Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, a brand managed by Raffles International Limited.  The hotel will be Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts’ first foothold in Russia and Eastern Europe. 

Set in the heart of Moscow, the new-build Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy Moscow is already an impressive landmark on the skyline of the Kosmodamianskaya Embankment (the new business district of Moscow).  The 235-room property will offer both business and leisure travellers the comfort of excellent facilities and peace of mind with a distinct combination of quality, efficiency and reliability that is synonymous with Swiss hospitality.

At 34-storeys, Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy Moscow will be the tallest hotel in the city.  Well-appointed guest rooms and suites will offer spectacular views of downtown Moscow.  All guest rooms will be contemporary and elegant in design and will offer state-of-the-art technology, including WLAN, flat-panel televisions and espresso machines.  The hotel will offer a total of 28 suites, amongst them, one of the largest Presidential Suites in the city (154m²).

The management team are already established on-site under the guidance of General Manager, Klaus Kartmann.  Kartmann, a native German, was formerly with Swissôtel Düsseldorf/Neuss where he held managerial positions since 1997.  His previous experience and expertise was gained in leading hotels across the globe notably in Montreal, Kuwait, South Africa and France.  On his new appointment, Kartmann says, “Moscow is currently one of the fastest developing cities in Europe and I am delighted to be here to open such a modern and elegant new hotel property as Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy Moscow”. 

Kartmann’s team comprises Director of Sales & Marketing Waike Papke, who has previous sales experience working for an international hotel chain before joining Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy Moscow in December 2004.  Waike Papke speaks fluent Russian and fulfills her ambition to live and work in Moscow.  Additional members of the management team are: Mr. Erol Ver (Financial Controller), Mr. Simon Dell (Executive Assistant Manager – Rooms Division), Mr. Christian Nowak (Executive Assistant Manager – Food & Beverage) and Mr. Pierre Botteron (Director of Human Resources and Training).

A large selection of restaurants and bars will be available at the property.  Ristorante Concerto is set to become one of the best Italian fine dining restaurants in Moscow and the new City Space Bar & Lounge will liven up the city’s bar scene.  Located on the 34th floor, the bar will be able to accommodate up to 40 people in an intimate and exclusive atmosphere and will offer breathtaking 360-degree views over the city.

Meeting and conference rooms will be equipped with the latest technology and floor-to-ceiling windows allowing for an ever-changing panorama.  Banquet rooms on the 29th floor will become innovative meeting spaces ‘in the sky’. For larger conferences, additional meeting space is available at the adjacent Moscow International House of Music, which is connected to the hotel via covered walkway.  Weddings, receptions, cultural events, VIP business functions, conferences, both large and small, can be arranged with the utmost efficiency making Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy Moscow an ideal place to celebrate a special occasion or event.

In addition, Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy Moscow has an Amrita Spa & Fitness Club  comprising four treatment rooms, sauna, whirlpool bath, indoor swimming pool, fitness facilities and juice bar – an oasis of relaxation in the heart of the city.

About Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy Moscow
Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy Moscow is located less than three kilometres away from the Kremlin, the oldest part of the city with its multitude of palaces, armouries, churches and medieval fortresses that link the modern nation to its legendary past. The hotel, located on the eastern tip of Kremlin Island between Moscow River and Obvodny Channel, is situated in one of the most convenient sites in the city. In close proximity is the Garden Ring Road and the Kosmodamianskaya Embankment, popularly known as the new business and culture district of Moscow, as well as the 40,000 square-metre Moscow. International House of Music. Just minutes away from the hotel, is the Paveletskaya Railway Station where the express train departs for Domodedovo International Airport.

Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts (www.swissotel.com) is a distinctive group of 26 deluxe hotels for today’s discerning modern business and leisure traveller. It combines individual, modern and functional design with local character and renowned standards of Swiss hospitality, service efficiency and product quality. Located in gateway destinations and city centres, the hotels offer convenient access to business and shopping districts and local attractions. Many of the Swissôtel hotels have won prestigious awards and accolades.

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Contact:
Lynda Soong
Corporate Director Marketing Communications 
Raffles International Ltd
Tel: (65) 6430-1121
lynda.soong@raffles.com
www.swissotel.com
 www.moscow.swissotel.com
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Also See: JSC Moskva Krasnye Holmy Appoints Raffles International to Manage a 235-room Swissôtel Branded Hotel in Moscow / June 2004
Beijing Tourism Group Contracts with Raffles International to Manage and Rebrand Two of the Four blocks of the Beijing Hotel / April 2005


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