Accor ‘s midscale hotel brand Mercure has officially opened its first hotel in Russia, the Mercure Arbat Moscow.

The 109-room property, operated by the company under a management contract, is its twelfth hotel in Russia and owned by ARD.

According to Accor, the Mercure Arbat Moscow features a ‘La Promenade’ restaurant, a bar, a fitness centre and meeting rooms. The rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities.

Accor said it intends to ramp up its expansion in the coming years, as it plans to open two additional Mercure hotels in Russia by the end of 2012, including one in Sochi, the host of the Winter Olympics 2014.

Accor will be able to speed up its expansion in Russia with the introduction of the Mercure brand of non-standardised hotels in the country.

The French hotel group plans to build up a network of 50 hotels comprising nearly 10,000 rooms by 2016 in the Russia-Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS ) region.

Currently, the group has 14 hotels with 3,500 rooms in Russia, Ukraine and Turkmenistan, and it further plans to expand into new countries including Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Kazakhstan.

The group also plans to launch Pullman and Adagio in the region in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

Image: Rooms at the Mercure Arbat Moscow are equipped with free Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities. Photo: Accor