JW Marriott brand set for Kazakhstan

Marriott is to introduce its JW Marriott luxury brand in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in 2008 under a management agreement with Capital Tower Development LLC, an affiliate of Capital Partners.The agreement covers the 215-room JW Marriott Hotel Almaty and a branded condominium project, the 419-unit JW Marriott Residences.

Both properties are integral parts of the landmark 309,800-square-meter, mixed-use Esentai Park development project on Al-Farabi Street in the center of Almaty.

In addition to the 215-room JW Marriott Hotel Almaty, which will occupy most of the upper half of the 37-story Esentai Park Tower, the building will feature 21,000 square meters of prime office space, two penthouse apartments and a 376-space parking garage.

Esentai Park will also include a 34,900-square-meter shopping mall, a 14,200-square-meter fitness club, a 1,350-square-meter spa and up to three exclusive JW Marriott Residences (for-sale condominium) blocks, which will offer up to 419 luxury unfurnished units along with ground floor retail shops, a specialty restaurant and dedicated underground parking. The JW Marriott Residences is anticipated to open in phases during 2008 and 2009.

Almaty is the largest city and the commercial, educational and scientific center of Kazakhstan. Almaty International Airport, which is located within a 25-minute drive of the JW Marriott Hotel Almaty, is rapidly becoming an important transportation hub in central Asia. Its more than 10 major airlines offer scheduled service to key cities in Europe, Africa and other parts of Asia.

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The JW Marriott Hotel Almaty will offer 175 guest rooms, an executive level and lounge where guests will be able to enjoy services and amenities in an exclusive environment, as well as 40 furnished one, two and three-bedroom serviced apartments.

For dining and entertainment, the hotel will have a casual restaurant, a specialty restaurant, a lobby lounge and bar. Recreational amenities will include an indoor swimming pool and a health club with separate men’s and women’s lockers, a sauna, a whirlpool and a juice bar. Guests will also have access to the spa that is part of the overall development.

Other amenities will include a business center, 24-hour room service, in-room mini-bar and laundry/valet service.

For conferences and social events, the JW Marriott Hotel Almaty will provide 10,781 square feet of space, including a 8,156-square-foot ballroom that will be divisible into six sections, three meeting rooms comprising 1,926 square feet in varying configurations and a 699-square-foot boardroom.
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