Sofitel opens its first hotel in Central Asia
For its first location in the Central Asian Republic of Turkmenistan, Sofitel chose the capital city of Ashgabat. With a booming economy based on extensive resources of oil and natural gas, plus the vibrant local cotton industry, the city is a modern oasis amid the desert of Karakum.
The unabashed modernity of the glistening white marble and glass façade of the Sofitel Ashgabat Oguzkent reflects the vibrant state of the young nation of Turkmenistan.
Of the hotel’s 299 rooms, 48 are suites. Each bears a name redolent of the country’s history, and all are generously spacious in design: 10 Junior Suites of 105 m2, 24 Prestige Suites of 160 m2 and 14 Presidential Suites of 325 m2.
This level of comfort is maintained by an array of services combining Turkmen traditions with modern amenities. No less than 1000 m2 of space is given over to a health and fitness spa complex: one indoor swimming pool, two outdoor pools, 12 massage rooms, 2 saunas and 2 hammams. Guests also enjoy the use of a fitness room and its state-of-the-art equipment.
A negotiation room measuring over 800 m2 and capable of hosting up to thirty delegations is equipped with microphones, video conferencing and transmission facilities and interpreting booths, offering leading edge technology for any kind of meeting.
Lastly, for events with attendances ranging from 10 to 1000, the hotel has a 2500 m2 conference centre whose facilities and service arrangements can be customized to meet a range of needs.
Wining and dining
When it comes to good food and drink, the Sofitel Ashgabat Oguzkent will be a delight for even the most refined of palates. The Amu Darya restaurant offers cosmopolitan cuisine with continuous service. Its special features include an enormous buffet and an open-plan kitchen which allows guests to witness the freshness of all produce and ingredients. The Amu Darya also adjoins a spacious terrace, allowing for outdoor dining in summer.
Named for the thoroughbred horse that is the nation’s pride, the Akhal Teke oriental restaurant serves Turkish, Turkmen and Lebanese dishes in traditional surroundings.
On the top floor, the menu at La Table panoramic bar and restaurant brings together the very best of classic French cooking, with the cheese board and wine list both setting the highest of standards! The layout of the interior creates an intimate atmosphere that is ideal for small groups and families. The restaurant’s panorama window affords a spectacular vista of downtown Ashgabat.
Finally, the Lobby Bar provides the perfect meeting and gathering place, especially for guests in town on business.