Style, glamour and hospitality came together on Sunday night for the Grand Opening of The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi hosted by the hotel’s owners, the UAE-based Dhabi Group and sponsored by Tera Bank. The celebrations saw over 5,000 people gather on Rustaveli Avenue to witness a spectacular fireworks display and star-studded concert set against the stunning backdrop of the hotel. An iconic addition to the skyline, The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi marks the debut of global hotel group Millennium & Copthorne in Georgia.
With a guest list comprising of glitterati from Georgian and international society, an official unveiling conducted by Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and His Highness Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development signalled the start of the festivities. Guests were then treated to an exquisite dinner in the grand ballroom accompanied by traditional performances. The celebrations continued on Rustaveli Avenue where the sky was lit up with a huge fireworks and laser display, followed by a live music concert featuring headline Georgian and international acts.
Introducing the hotel, Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi, President & CEO, Millennium & Copthorne, Middle East & Africa says; “We are delighted to bring our luxury brand The Biltmore to Georgia and look forward to introducing its refined elegance and seamless service to our guests, providing them with exceptional experiences so they leave with long-lasting memories. The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi captures the soul of Georgia’s history and culture, where impeccable style and majestic architecture are combined with renowned Georgian charm.”
Sami Edward, CEO, Dhabi Group says; “Located in the most prestigious address in the city, The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi delivers a new level of bespoke luxury hospitality, set within a remarkable space with unparalleled design inspired by Georgia’s rich history. We are very proud that our vision to develop a landmark property in Tbilisi has come to life and are confident that its timeless allure will resonate with both local residents and visitors to the city.”
With an unrivalled location on the famous Rustaveli Avenue, close to the banks of the River Mtkvari, The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi is situated in the heart of the capital. Surrounded by chic designer boutiques, art galleries and a wealth of historical and cultural attractions as well as commercial and governmental buildings, the hotel is perfectly positioned for discerning travellers.
Occupying a landmark historical building known as the former Institute of Marxism and Leninism (IMEL), with the addition of a striking glass skyscraper, the hotel’s distinctive design cleverly marries Georgian tradition and modernism. Guests are greeted by an immaculately restored grand lobby, vaulted ceilings, polished marbled floors and crystal chandeliers. A glass walkway connects the past to the present, taking guests to the contemporary portion of the hotel, with sleek contemporary décor providing a unique juxtaposition. The hotel comprises 214 spacious rooms and suites, each boasting state-of-the-art facilities and postcard-perfect views of the city’s historical downtown and bustling streets. Guests have the choice of eight room categories, including the exclusive Royal Suite, which offers the epitome of luxury.
Culinary desires are catered to with a collection of six exquisite restaurants and lounges set to open in the coming months. Dining experiences include a rooftop restaurant that offers panoramic views of the city’s skyline, Mediterranean-inspired alfresco dining, an all-day international restaurant and an elegant bar. Meanwhile, a one-of-a-kind historic amphitheatre, The Auditorium, has been lovingly resorted to become one of the city’s most enigmatic dining and entertainment destinations.
Other highlights at the hotel include a health club with indoor swimming pool and fully-equipped gym, whilst a luxurious spa provides a haven of tranquility, with an extensive treatment menu allowing guests to relax and rejuvenate. An opulent ballroom alongside a dedicated conference room and four meeting rooms provide the perfect setting for corporate events, lively parties and spectacular weddings.
About Dhabi Group
Dhabi Group is the leading business group in the UAE that operates in many business sectors, including tourism, banking and financial services, construction, real estate, development and management, production, sea wells, and others throughout the World. The Group is focused on expanding investments in tourism and financial activities through the strong financial resources and management experience in the emerging markets like Georgia. “Dhabi Group” is led by His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development. His Highness Sheikh Nahayan has two major investments in Georgia worth 250 million US Dollars – 1. The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi which is about to open and 2. Terabank – customer centric, boutique bank focused on SME’s, which offers flexibility, personal service, and solutions to its clients in a “financial home” environment.
About Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Plc
Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc is a dynamic, global hotel company, which owns, asset manages and/or operates over 120 hotels worldwide. With almost 40,000 rooms worldwide, the company is present on all continents with a portfolio of brands which serve different market segments, representing quality and value in every class.
From a single property in Abu Dhabi, Millennium & Copthorne, Middle East & Africa has expanded into various neighbouring destinations and is now recognised as one of the fastest growing regional hotel management companies in the Middle East & Africa. Along the way, the company has cultivated partnerships with reputable and respected owners. Millennium & Copthorne currently operates 27 hotels, has 12 hotels due to open within the next year and aims to have 100 properties by 2020 for the MEA region.