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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kievskaya Hotel Overhaul

The city-owned Kievskaya hotel is to join a series of Moscow hotels that are to be demolished, a City Hall official said Friday.

A new hotel of the same name is to be built in its place next to Kievsky Station, Alexei Anastasyev, deputy director of the city's hotel department, said in a telephone interview.

It has not yet been decided how many stars the new hotel will have, but it will be less than four, Anastasyev said.

The 199-room hotel's demolition is part of a plan to create a new look for the area around the station, which also has several metro lines, he said.

The park in front of the hotel was named Europe Square on City Day last month and a new fountain began operating in it.

The demand for high-quality hotels and the significant deterioration of the existing hotel, built in 1934, were taken into account, he said.

An open tender is to be called this year for the right to build the new hotel.

The whole process, including planning, demolition and construction, is expected to take about 36 months, Anastasyev said, adding that many details, including the cost of the project, are yet to be calculated.