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Kempinski Signs Hotels in Russia, Czech Republic, and Armenia

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Kempinski has expanded its global portfolio of hotels with management contracts for three hotels, in Ekaterinburg (Russia), Marienbad (Czech Republic) and Yerevan (Armenia).

With a population of over 1.2 million, Ekaterinburg is the fourth largest city in Russia, and known as a regional industrial, scientific and cultural centre. Marienbad is known as a famous wellness destination in Czech Republic, situated near Karlovy Vary. The Yerevan hotel will mark Kempinski's entry in the Armenian capital.

The modern, newly-built 24-storey property covers a ground area of 1,468 m2, and will boast 200 rooms and suites, as well as residences. Located on Gogol Street, one of the main streets in the city, Kempinski Hotel Ekaterinburg is near the consulates of the USA, Great Britain, Hungary and Czech Republic, as well as a large business complex and the cityís most famous high-end shopping street. The infrastructure of the hotel will be complemented with four restaurants and bars, a ballroom and the first Kempinski The Spa in Russia. Occupying an area of more than 1,000 m2. Kempinski The Spa will offer a wide range of phytotherapy body and face treatments and seasonal programmes, and will be completed with a swimming pool, fitness centre and sauna complex. The planned outdoor parking will enable easy access to the hotel.

The new hotel will further enrich Kempinskiís portfolio in Russia, following management agreements signed for Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don and Novosibirsk.

Kempinski Hotel Marienbad is located in the Czech spa town of Marianske Lazne - formally known and popular among aristocrats as Marienbad. The town is famous for its recreation facilities, including mineral springs, its beautiful mountainous landscape, and XIX century European architecture. Located on Rusca Street, Kempinski Hotel Marienbad will be surrounded by parks and historical buildings. The 80-room boutique property will welcome its first guests in 2012.

The true gem of the planned resort will be a medical and wellness centre, with health innovations by Dr Witasek, an internationally renowned, award-winning doctor, who provided medical and wellness advice at the Lanserhof in Innsbruck, among others. As a special advantage to Marienbad, treatments will be drawn from local mineral springs. There are about 40 springs throughout the city, and over 100 in the outskirts. All the local springs are classified as cold (7-10 degrees C), acid-bicarbonate calcium-magnesium-sulfur-sodium mineral water. Marienbad springs are considered a unique natural phenomenon for its unusual composition. In addition to the extensive spa treatment facilities, Kempinski Hotel Marienbad guests will also be able to enjoy a mini-golf course, tennis courts, swimming pools, saunas, solarium, fitness club, horse-back riding, sailing, sporting equipment, fishing, hunting, skiing, speedway, hiking trails and bicycle paths.

Special attention will be dedicated to making the complex as environmentally friendly as possible. The building will be equipped with a landing pad, which will allow unloading of incoming cargo and transport of waste without affecting the townís quiet environment. To add to the townís natural landscape, the hotel will boast winter gardens and open landscaping on the flat sections of the roof.

Kempinski Hotel Marienbad will become the second Kempinski hotel in Czech Republic after Kempinski HybernskŠ Prague, which opened in 2008.

Kempinski Hotel Yerevan will be the first Kempinski hotel in Armenia. Located on Amiryan Street, in Kentron district, and near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the five-star property will offer 150 rooms and suites. Kempinski Hotel Yerevan is expected to open in 2013.

The hotel will be situated in close proximity to the main tourist attractions of the cultural metropolis, including the Republic Square, the Cascade complex, the ruins of the Urartian city of Erebuni, the State Opera House, numerous churches and other sightseeing highlights. The old and new city landscape is crowned with the view of the biblical Mount Ararat, attracting thousands of tourists every year.

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