Hotel in Arctic Russia comes back to life after major facelift

The new Arctica hosts a four-star hotel with 186 rooms and a major business center. (Thomas Nilsen / Barents Observer)
The new Arctica hosts a four-star hotel with 186 rooms and a major business center. (Thomas Nilsen / Barents Observer)
After five years of renovation, the Murmansk landmark hotel reopens its doors.

The owner of the building, the Azimut Hotel chain, has invested 1,85 billion roubles in the reconstruction. The hotel, the biggest in Murmansk, has a total of 186 rooms and suites for guests, as well as a business center, a major conference hall, a banquet hall, a cafe, two restaurants and a lounge bar. The hotel also has a two-level parking facility, the Azimut company informs on its website.

The 19-floor building, the tallest in the Russian Arctic, was officially opened on 15th September after a series of delays. The four-star centrally located hotel was originally to open in 2011.

”It was hard for us to work with this object”, representative of RD Construction, the general contractor for the project, admits to Murman.ru.

The Arctica building has since it was built in 1984 been a well-known landmark in downtown Murmansk.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Community in Canada’s eastern Arctic to open to tourists, CBC News

Finland: Finland’s northern ski resorts popular with Russian tourists, Yle News

United States: Thousands gather for Arctic Winter Games in Alaska, Alaska Dispatch

Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer

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