Corinthia’s Russian romance

Pisani and Matvienko lay the foundation stone for the new Nevskil Palace Hotel

THE extension and refurbishment project of the Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel in St Petersburg, Russia, took a major step forward with the laying of a foundation stone by Valentina Matvienko, governor of St Petersburg.

The chairman of Malta-based Corinthia Group Alfred Pisani, said on the occasion, “We are very confident of the future of St Petersburg, both as a tourism destination, as also as an important political and economic hub. This augurs well for our project, and indeed underpins our decision to invest a further 75 million euros in the Nevskij Palace Hotel, by way of upgrading the current facilities, as also re-developing three buildings on either side of our property.”
The project is scheduled for completion in late 2007. Part of the project is the refurbishment of all public areas in the current hotel and the total re-organisation of the hotel lobby. The project will also include the upgrade and redevelopment all the hotel’s restaurants. It will also be extended into the adjoining building.  at 59 Nevskij Prospekt. This extension will house an additional 105 executive standard bedrooms and a 250sqm presidential suite, bringing the hotel’s total inventory to close to 400 bedrooms. The new bedrooms will be supported by a separate executive club lounge, where guests can avail themselves of separate check-in and lounge facilities. Besides, the extension will feature the city’s first hotel conference centre, with some 14 state-of-the-art meeting rooms including a grand ballroom. Over 1,000 guests can be accommodated in the conference centre, thus enabling Corinthia to internationally market St Petersburg as a top class destination for meetings and events for international companies.