1 Aug 2016 - 13:18
Georgia’s capital is gladly welcoming the tallest, most luxurious and the first six-star hotel, which invites guests to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city and a deluxe stay in Tbilisi.
Thousands of revellers joined Georgian Government officials and Arab investors to celebrate the grand opening of the Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi last night.
About $140 million USD was invested in the new hotel, located at the top of Rustaveli Ave in central Tbilisi. The majority of funds came from Arab investment company Dhabi Group.
Georgian PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo by the PM's press office.
About 5,000 guests watched as Georgian and foreign stars performed on stage, enjoyed a booming fireworks display and the biggest laser show and 3D mapping projection ever held in the Caucasus region.
For several minutes the exterior of the hotel was illuminated in lights, lazers and projectors to show the culture and historic architecture of both nations.
For several minutes the exterior of the hotel was illuminated in lights, lazers and projectors to show the culture and historic architecture of both nations. Photo by the PM's press office.
Meanwhile, artists dressed in Georgian and Arab traditional costumes demonstrated the cultures of their nations. Photo by the PM's press office.
The 32-floor Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi is the first hotel to operate in Georgia by the Millennium & Copthorne global hotel group.
The hotel project encompassed the renovation of the historic IMEL building and construction of a new glass skyscraper that towers over the city.
The hotel entrance and lobby is via the restored IMEL building, which has been restored and decorated with a domed ceiling, marble floor and crystal chandeliers. This historic building connects to the nearby glass hotel by a glass walkway that allows guests to step into a modern world.
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and invited guests walk through the lobby of the hotel, which is decorated with a domed ceiling, marble floor and crystal chandeliers. Photo by the PM's press office.
In total the hotel featured 214 luxury rooms. Guests can choose eight room options, including luxurious royal apartments and suites.
Inside the hotel is a Terabank, which has operated in Georgia for many years under a different name but was acquired by Dhabi Group in 2007.
Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili attended the Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi opening ceremony and said it was an important investment for Georgia and would bring many benefits.
The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi has an indoor swimming pool, which was well liked by the Arab guests. Photo by the PM's press office.
Four large conference rooms will serve guests at Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi. Photo by the PM's press office.
Thanks to these types of projects, more modern, international standard, high class hotels are appearing in our country, which is very important as they create a pleasant environment and create jobs for our people.
Every such project helps tourism development in Georgia and makes our country more attractive… We have created a comfortable environment for implementing investment projects and doing business in Georgia,” said Kvirikashvili.
Meanwhile, invited guest Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, head of the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Social Development was grateful to the Georgian Government for supporting Arab investors and the project’s implementation.
The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi is located in the very heart of Georgia's capital city, on Rustaveli Avenue. Photo by the Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi.
Georgia has a wonderful future. This evening is an indicator of political and economic development that this amazing country has reached. The opening of this hotel is perfect news for those interested in the Silk Road because Tbilisi is located in the heart of this route,” said the Sheikh.
Georgia and its capital is a safe and hospitable place. This is an ideal place for doing business. I promise the Georgian Government and the Georgian people that this hotel will be a successful example of international investments in your country and will greatly benefit the Georgian economy,” he added.
Six different restaurants, lounge bars, a health centre with sports hall and an indoor swimming pool, banquet and conference halls and other amenities will open in the hotel in the coming months.
Watch video of opening the Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi published by the Youtube user David Zghenti: