Located in the historical center of Moscow, close to Red Square and the Kremlin, in the immediate vicinity from cultural and sightseeing attractions some areas of the historical building and retail-expo complex Gostiny Dvor are planned to be reconstructed into the proposed four star hotel of 199 rooms.
The current reconstruction project inside Gostiny Dvor is not the first one. It was developed in 1997 and has been currently declared unprofitable.
Nowadays 15 000 sq.m of the building are vacant. This part of the building will be converted into the proposed 4 star hotel of 199 rooms, meeting all modern requirements . The building will also comprise a restaurant, conference-halls and a fitness-centre.
The unique feature of Novotel is that Gostiny Dvor is both a historical building and a retail-expo complex. On the one hand the construction will be held within the existing historic monument of the eighteenth century. There appear certain restrictions with regard to carrying out of works inside Gostiny Dvor. Thus the project makes the limited use of modern structures and solutions along with the eighteenth century architecture, for example, a large amount of inner atriums (“roof light”, meant to provide additional natural lighting) and conservatories. On the other hand, Gostiny Dvor is an unusual and very distinctive exposition area, the exhibition schedule is determined for several years ahead. This will help to erect a profitable hotel and to provide its occupancy.
To propose the best and reliable architectural solutions which will help to maximize the number of bedrooms meeting international standards and to adapt them to the existing building Sawyer Group invited famous design company — Aukett.
Management of the hotel will be carried out by international hotel operator — presumably Accor (France).
The hotel is supposed to be occupied not only by business tourists, who prefer to stay in the city center, but also by those, who come to exhibitions held constantly in Gostiniy Dvor.