Hotel Okura Vladivostok (imagery: © Okura Hotels & Resorts)

A look through the TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database reveals that plenty of exciting new hotel schemes are being progressed across the country’s biggest cities.

Our research team is currently tracking 52 hotel schemes, accounting for 11,552 keys in total, throughout Russia. Here, we take a closer look at how the likes of Moscow and St Petersburg are dominating the country’s development pipeline.

Hotel openings in Russia by year

For the remainder of 2021, nine hotels with 1,879 rooms are scheduled to open their doors.

Another 22 projects and 5,352 keys are due for completion next year, meanwhile, although no additional launches are currently being planned for 2023. However, things will pick up again in 2024 and beyond, with 21 hotel schemes and 4,321 rooms already in the works.

Of Russia’s 52 new hotels, the majority (33) will be in the four-star segment, with the rest (19) coming into the five-star bracket.

The country’s fastest growing urban hotel markets

Moscow leads our city-by-city rankings, courtesy of its tally of ten schemes and 1,478 keys under development as we speak, while eternal rival St Petersburg has six hotels and 1,783 rooms. But it’s worth pointing out that while the capital can look forward to more debuts overall, each property in St Petersburg will on average be significantly larger.

Elsewhere, Omsk, one of Siberia’s industrial powerhouse, will see four properties with 595 rooms completed soon.

Fastest growing hotel brands in Russia

Luxury brand Okura Hotels & Resorts will quickly ramp up its presence in Russia, with three new hotels and 769 additional keys on the way.

Novotel will also add three properties – and 598 rooms – to its portfolio here. And finally, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts is planning two openings with a whopping 800 rooms, thus overtaking the other two brands in terms of total key count.

Highly anticipated hotel openings

The Japanese brand Okura is planning two Russian openings before the end of this year, both in the eastern port town of Vladivostok.

Okura Hotels Burny Vladivostok will be on the city’s western coast at Cape Burny. Its 216 rooms and suites will be primarily geared towards business travellers. Additional facilities will include a lobby lounge, all-day dining restaurant, specialty restaurant, bar and club lounge.

Nearby, Okura Vladivostok, Golden Horn will contribute 253 rooms and suites to the city’s burgeoning hospitality offering. The property will feature several F&B outlets, a spa and health club, and banqueting and meeting facilities. It’s conveniently located too, occupying a prime spot along Svetlanskaya Street in the central business district.

The last opening worth highlighting is SO/ Moscow, scheduled to go live by mid-2023. This 200-room property will feature a restaurant, bars, lounge areas, coworking spaces, a spa and a fitness centre with a panoramic pool. Apart from guests, hotel services will also be made available to residents of the nearby Poklonnaya 9 apartments.

Many TOPHOTELNEWS articles draw on exclusive information from the TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database. This subscription-based product includes details of thousands of hotel projects around the world, along with the key decision-makers behind them. Please note, our data may differ from records held by other organisations. Generally, the database focuses on four- and five-star schemes of significant scale; tracks projects in either the vision, pre-planning, planning, under-construction, pre-opening or newly opened phase; and covers newbuilds, extensions, refurbishments and conversions.

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