Spending $15 million on the transformation, China took the ship, originally intended to carry fighter jets, and made it into a luxury hotel with modern amenities and Asian-themed décor.
According to reports, the ship used to be part of the Binhai Aircraft Park project and was primarily used to display modern military equipment. Now, there are 148 high-end rooms including 2 presidential suits, 3 VIP guest rooms and 137 standard rooms. The ship also features dining and common areas decked out in traditional oriental color and pattern schemes.
Bookings are expected to begin towards the end of January, 2012.
CNNgo - “The hotel will serve as a unique experience for a high-end clientele,” Liu told us. “It will not be ranked by stars, nor will it have a swimming pool or a gym.”
While the aircraft carrier hotel has yet to welcome guests, Binhai Aircraft soft-opened the hotel’s restaurant on December 22, 2011, calling it “the world’s first Western restaurant on an aircraft carrier.”
Decked out in black, green and white, the 30-seat restaurant pays tribute to the Kiev’s heritage by serving mostly Russian dishes.
China has another used Soviet aircraft carrier. The Minsk is part of the CITIC Shenzhen military theme park.
The third soviet aircraft carrier purchased from the Ukraine has been made seaworthy as a military training ship.
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