Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya Is Named Historical Hotel Of The Year At The First Russian Hospitality Awards
MOSCOW - The grand ceremony of the Russian Hospitality Awards 2015 was held on Thursday 19th February in Moscow for the first time, bringing together the great and the good of the hospitality industry to honour its greatest achievements. Owners and managers of the best hotels, hospitality media, hotel operators and developers were united at the annual event. The finest hotels were recognized with 18 categories, including the Historical Hotel of the Year award, which Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya proudly took home.
Each award winner is crowned through a combination of votes: 50 percent consumer and 50 percent judged by a panel of industry experts. With the ceremony hosted in Moscow for the first time, the aim is to increase the attractiveness of Russia as a tourist destination, make the country's hotels more competitive and develop a unique platform for key players in the hospitality industry.
Historical Hotel of the Year Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya, with its spectacular fusion of Russian Baroque and Orthodox architecture, is located in one of the legendary Moscow towers, often referred to as "Seven Sisters". Seven incredible buildings broke the skyline of this growing and developing city, a symbol that Moscow was changing, as the powerful capital of the Soviet Republic. The landmark tower was built in 1947 and designed in a style called "Stalin Classicism" with a combination of space, grandeur and breathtaking details.
The Leningradskaya hotel was opened in 1954 and immediately become a true pearl in the crown of Moscow. Its architects, Leonid Polyakov and Andrey Boretsky, combined several architectural trends: Naryshkin Baroque, Gothic and elements of Russian Orthodox to create a masterpiece with its own unique style. Some of the elements of the building have established a permanent historic landmark. The iconic chandelier scaling six floors of the hotel is one of these details, having been included in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest bronze chandelier in the world. The ceiling decorations are truly unique - gilded carved panels and frescos framed in ornamental moldings whilst the lobby itself features grand marble columns and spectacular bronze chandeliers to create an unforgettableimpression of the imperial architecture of Soviet Russia. A complete renovation in August 2008 injected new life into the famous Leningradskaya Hotel and flawlessly transformed it into the modern day Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya. The hotel's renovation is a project which displays a perfect combination of the highest hospitality standards in the historic surroundings of an incredible architectural monument.
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