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Moscow becomes home to Best Western's largest property yet

Global hotel chain Best Western has opened its largest property in the world in the Russian capital, Moscow.

The chain, which runs over 4,000 hotels globally, announced August 9 that the Best Western Vega Hotel & Convention Center had officially opened its doors in the historical district of Izmaylovo in Moscow.

Originally built in 1980, the building has been significantly remodeled and will now operate as a three-star hotel, with 970 guest rooms.

It features three restaurants and a lobby bar, including a full service Russian restaurant, a mid-scale buffet and French pastry cafe and coffee shop, as well as a fitness facility and spa with Turkish baths and a Finnish sauna.

It is also the first Russian property operated by Best Western, which holds the title of the world's largest hotel brand and has recently been targeting growth in eastern Europe, opening hotels in Moldova and Ukraine.

However, with local reports suggest Moscow's budget accommodation sector is currently soaring, Best Western is likely to have some stiff competition to attract travelers.

According to The Moscow Times, there are now 59 hostels in the city, a number that has jumped by 30 percent in the last two months as 14 new hostels opened their doors in the Russian capital.