Work on this hotel began in 1985 with construction, decoration, furnishing, outfitting and staff training. Since then the hotel has received more than half a million guests, the vast majority of whom have come from abroad. More than 20 foreign presidents or prime ministers and many more political figures and celebrities have stayed at the hotel. The air-conditioned establishment comprises a total of 561 guest rooms and welcomes its guests into a lobby with 24-hour reception and check-out service, hotel safe, currency exchange facilities and a cloakroom. On-site facilities include lift access, a hairdressing salon, a disco, and dining options such as a cafe, bar, pub and restaurant. The hotel has a multi-functional hall for conferences, meetings and banquets, which has a capacity for 500 seated guests and can accommodate up to 800 people for receptions and meetings. In addition, this splendid room can provide simultaneous translation in five languages. WLAN Internet access is available for a fee and room and laundry services are provided. Guests arriving by car can leave their vehicles in the hotel car park.