Christoph Ganster, General Manager of Fairmont Grand Kiev, the brand’s first East European property talks to Sydney Paulden.Fairmont has entered Eastern Europe with a flourish. Christoph Ganster, General Manager of Fairmont Grand Hotel Kiev, was at EIBTM to tell the world about his new property, which opened in March in time to host some of the top people who attended the UEFA 2012 football finals. ‘It is of classical design’, he says – but that is putting it mildly. You have to look at these images to see how plush and classical it really is. Velvet, original Ukraine-made draperies, gold décor and crystal chandeliers set the style. And in the elegant Atrium Lounge drinks are served in glasses hand-painted in gold.
‘They are in keeping with the aura of the whole city, which is the capital of the Ukraine’, says Christoph. ‘The St Sophia Cathedral, only a few minutes from the hotel, is a World Heritage Site famous for its golden domes. Another local visitor attraction is Kiev’s Golden Gate, now used as a museum and dating back one thousand years.’
The Fairmont Grand Kiev has 258 5-star rooms and suites. The rooms measure 42sqm compared with the normal city size of 32sqm.
‘We are very much tuned into the MICE sector’, confirms Christoph. ‘We have the city’s largest Ballroom, able to seat 360 at a banquet or up to 500 theatre style. It has facilities for bringing in large exhibits, such as cars, for product launches.’
‘We have also had some fun team building events, such as a competition to see how quickly a team can catch a frisky little piglet.’