In the north of Kazakhstan lies the city that has been its capital since 1997. Astana is a city of extremes: with a continental climate, it enjoys hot summers and endures very cold, long winters; in fact, it is the second coldest capital city in the world. The Ishim River which runs through Astana is frozen from November to April. Although a city with a long and chequered history, a new era has dawned for Astana and the old Soviet buildings are slowly but surely being replaced by architectural wonders created by some of the most creative minds in the world. Set for completion in 2030, new diplomatic areas south of the river are being busily built at present. Meanwhile, a stroll along The Green Boulevard, known locally - in Kazakh - as The Shining Path, is a journey among the most famous and distinctive buildings in the country, including the Tower of Bayterek. Reflecting and celebrating the varied cultures and influences that make up the peoples of Astana, there are many mosques, cathedrals and historic buildings to visit, not to mention museums, theatres and monuments.
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Ak Orda Presidential Palace
The imposing structure of the palace with its domed roof was built in 2004 as the official workplace of the Kazakh president. It features a hall designed like a yurt, a marble hall for summits and a golden hall to host other heads of state.
The Bayterek Tower is perhaps Kazakhstan’s most famous landmark. More than 340 feet high, it is designed to resemble a poplar tree in which, according to a famous Turkic folktale, the magical Samruk bird laid an egg. Exhibitions are held in the base and visitors enjoy panoramic views of Astana from the viewing platforms at the top.
Kazakhstan Central Concert Hall
One of the largest classical concert halls in the world, this cultural structure is specially designed to protect against the winter’s punishing cold. This modern and versatile event space holds all sorts of spectacles including ballets, theatrical performances, pop and classical concerts.
One of the largest museums in the world, Astana’s National Museum is free to enter and explore. Featuring a number of temporary exhibition spaces, its cavernous halls also contain artefacts and exhibits charting the country’s and the city’s history, culture and ethnography.
Nearly 1,900 miles from the sea, visitors to Astana can get up-close and personal with hundreds of species of marine life here. Fish aficionados can walk along the ‘seabed’, watch feeding time with the sharks and explore the depths in the Oceanarium’s 3D cinema.
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A prominent work of contemporary architecture and a top-tier luxury hotel setting a new standard in chic, high-end living and hospitality, the Ritz-Carlton in Kazakhstan’s capital of Nur-Sultan, formerly Astana, stands as an emblem of the city’s growing prominence and sophistication. Guests at the Ritz-Carlton Astana enjoy unparalleled service and hospitality in this five star hotel elevated above the glowing urban landscape and have an array of services and facilities at their disposal. Three unique restaurants beckon with everything from decadent protein entrées to fresh, organic produce, teas, and other lighter options. There is also a cutting-edge spa and fitness center that cater to activity- and wellness-seeking guests of all kinds. For families, the Ritz-Carlton Astana offers a variety of child-oriented activities such as storytelling, cooking classes, baby cribs, and more. An array of room and suite options are available for guests, as is the exclusive Club Level Experience, reserved for those seeking true excellence in their stay. With its panoramic views, artfully decorated accommodations, and industry-leading amenities and services, the Ritz-Carlton Astana is an elite-level hospitality experience.
Classic sophistication and elegant, modern flair unite in a five-star luxury setting at the St. Regis in Nur-Sultan, formerly Astana. Located in the heart of the city on the banks of the Ishim River in Astana Central Park, the St. Regis Astana carries on a longstanding tradition of excellence and luxury that began more than a century ago with the original St. Regis hotel in New York City. Guests who wish to explore the capital of Kazakhstan will find easy access to all of the best attractions the city has to offer. For those who would prefer to stay in and relax, the St. Regis Astana boasts a spa and athletic club, two restaurants, and a bar offering an exclusive selection of the world’s finest champagnes, rare vintage wines, and hand-crafted cocktails. Guests may also enjoy the unique 24-hour St. Regis Butler Service – a treasured hallmark of the St. Regis tradition. The hotel offers a range of room types, from the spacious, functional deluxe room to the opulent presidential suite.
Marriott Astana Hotel
From the moment guests walk into the golden, adorned lobby of the Marriott Astana Hotel, they will be whisked away into a world of all things chic, sleek and sophisticated. Located just steps from the shops and restaurants of the new city center of Nur-Sultan, formerly Astana, the Marriott offers guests the best location to take in the nearby city sights, such as the Bayterek monument and the city parks. With over 270 guestrooms and suites and an on-site health club and indoor pool, guests of the Marriott can relax after a busy day of sightseeing and shopping before enjoying a gourmet meal at Aroma Restaurant. To cap off the night, visitors can indulge in a cocktail and a view at Vista Sky Lounge, overlooking the capital city.
For comfort, style, and the glitz and glamor of a cosmopolitan center, welcome to the Radisson Hotel in downtown Nur-Sultan, formerly Astana, Kazakhstan. This riverside hotel - located at the intersection of the old city and the new - defines modern luxury, from its regional art decor to its Cigar Bar, its grand ballroom to its expansive fitness and spa center. Staying just steps from the adjoining Arman complex, guests of the Radisson have everything they may desire within arm’s reach: world-class shopping, gourmet restaurants, an indoor pool, a nightclub and even an on-site brewery! Guests can choose between Standard and Business Class Rooms and Junior, Presidential and Royal Suites, all furnished with high-end decor for sleek, smooth style and comfort.
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