Ukraina Hotel in Moscow, known as one of the symbols of the capital of Russia, will open its doors after renovation in December 2009. This fact was announced at a press conference on September 8 by the head of the office of hotel construction coordination Vladimir Ermolaev. The opening of the Ukraina Hotel will take place ahead of schedule. Initially it was reported that the hotel would be open only in 2010.
Ukraina Hotel, the former three-star hotel, will acquire two additional stars to its class after the renovation and thus will join the ranks of the most luxuries hotels in Moscow, like Baltschug-Kempinski Hotel, Metropole Hotel, and others.
The uniqueness of the Ukraina Hotel lies in that it is one of the highest hotels in Europe. To date, the hotel has 34 floors plus 3 underground floors. After the reconstruction of the hotel, guests of the Ukraina will have a unique opportunity to see Moscow from a height of 120 meters. An observation deck of the hotel is located at such a height.
The Ukraina Hotel will primarily change its internal design. The reconstruction of the interior will let the hotel to count on receiving a five-star class. The updated Ukraina will have a winter garden, underground parking, shopping area with global brands, tennis courts and spa.
Besides the interior design, the Ukraina hotel most likely will change its current name. According to Russian laws, hotels in Russia cannot have names of other countries in their names.
The building of the Ukraina Hotel was built in 1957 and considered to be one of the brightest samples of so-called “Stalin” architecture. The hotel is one of the seven skyscrapers built in the 50s years of 20th century. In 2005 the building was bought from the Moscow authorities by LLC "Biscuit", owned by Zarah Iliev. At that time, purchasing of "Ukraine" was one of the largest transactions in the Moscow hotel property market. The Ukraina Hotel cost the owners of LLC Biscuit about $ 270 million dollars. The redecoration of the hotel couldn’t avoid unpleasant incidents. During the renovation in 2007, one of the 8 decorative towers collapsed. Fortunately, there were no casualties.