Marriott International has opened its first hotel in Siberia, the 208-room Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk City Center.

Marriott International has opened its first hotel in Siberia, the 208-room Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk City Center.

Centrally located in Irkutsk within walking distance of the Kirov Square, Angara River and the historic Drama Theatre, the hotel is situated suitably for guests to explore the sights of Eastern Siberia.

Irkutsk, located on the Trans-Siberian Railway, is only about 70 kilometers (44 miles) from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lake Baikal – the world’s largest fresh-water lake.

Lake Baikal in Eastern Siberia is the world's largest and deepest fresh-water lake. It is approximately 70 kilometers from the city of Irkutsk, which is on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Round the lake itself runs the Circumbaikal Railway

“We are excited to enter new destinations like Siberia and see great potential for further expansion of our Courtyard by Marriott brand here in Eastern Europe,” says Amy McPherson, president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe. “This is also the first branded hotel in Irkutsk, an important energy hub of Europe.”

Designed to help business travelers maintain balance on the road, the hotel’s guest rooms offer large, well-lit work desks, ergonomic chairs and coffee makers. Health-conscious guests can take advantage of the hotel’s fitness center.

According to Marriott International, the Courtyard Irkutsk’s Grand Courtyard Ballroom is one of the largest and most modern event venues in Irkutsk and can host events and celebrations for up to 300 persons. For meetings and events, the Courtyard Irkutsk offers five meetings rooms with a total of 395 square metres (4,250 square feet) of meeting space.

The Courtyard Irkutsk’s Mesto Vstrechi restaurant offers all-day dining, with a range of European and Siberian-inspired dishes. The Malachite offers private dining for up to 28 people. The hotel’s Cedar Bar offers drinks and snacks throughout the day and the hotel’s 24/7 market offers a range of drinks, sandwiches and snacks around the clock.

The 208-room Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk City Center is Marriott International's first hotel in Siberia and the first branded hotel in the Eastern Siberian city of Irkutsk

Complimentary high speed internet is available in public areas such as the hotel lobby, restaurant and bar.

With more than 910 locations in 30 countries, Courtyard is Marriott’s largest brand; 200 additional Courtyard by Marriott hotels will open around the world over the next three years.

The Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk City Center, along with more than 3,500 Marriott-affiliated hotels worldwide, participate in Marriott Rewards. Marriott’s guest-reward program allows its more than 33 million members to earn points or airline miles for each dollar spent during each stay.

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