The five-star 234-room Turkish-owned Swissotel Krasnye Kholmyin in central Moscow has become the first high-profile of the deteriorating relations between Russia and Turkey after it stopped taking reservations. Situated on Kosmodamianskaya Naberezhnaya near the Paveletskaya metro station and less than 3km away from the Kremlin the hotel is operated by the Swiss company Swissotel Hotels & Resorts,
but is ultimately owned by the Turkish company Enka.
The hotel’s spokeswoman Eva-Maria Panzer said that the decision to stop taking bookings was a direct result of the restrictions imposed on Turkish companies operating in construction, travel and tourism after the shooting down of the Russian bomber by a Turkish jet over Syria. “Right now we are trying to find out from the authorities how the economic sanctions [could] influence our business,” she said.