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By Zahra Al-Kateb | January 5 2007
crowned Russia’s leading luxury hotel
After an extensive three year refurbishment, the Rezidor Hotel Group opened the doors of the stunning Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow in April 2010. Boasting landmark status, this historic hotel combines opulent guest rooms with impressive business and leisure facilities, and has recently scooped the title of Russia’s Leading Luxury Hotel 2010 at the World Travel Awards.
Formerly known as ‘Hotel Ukraina’, the hotel soars 675 feet high and occupies a monumental building that forms part of the legendary ‘Seven Sisters’ skyscraper project masterminded by Stalin as a showcase of Soviet Neo-classical architecture. A team of top designers, architects and technicians has meticulously restored the hotel’s exterior and interior, paying homage to the building’s illustrious past as the largest European hotel of its day.
Enjoying a prime city center location, the Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow is the epitome of luxury with its 497 elegant guest rooms and suites, 38 serviced apartments, original art collection, lavish on-site spa, gourmet dining and high-tech conferencing facilities. The hotel features free high-speed internet access throughout, and is equipped with elegant furniture and accessories from worldwide leading brands including Baker, Provasi, Florence Art, Citterio, Villeroy & Boch, Penhaligon’s and Etro.
Art lovers will be in for a treat at the hotel, which is home to over 1,200 original works by Russian artists created in the first half of the last century. After a busy day of meetings, the 38,000 square foot health
and fitness center makes a relaxing oasis with its spa, thermal baths, 50 meter heated indoor pool, well-equipped gym and treatment rooms. The hotel offers some of the best restaurants in town and guests will be tempted with the flavors of contemporary Mediterranean cuisine, classic international dishes, innovative fusion cuisine, Italian specialties, and exotic Iranian menus, not to mention sophisticated Japanese delicacies.
The Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow promises guests a luxurious stay in a property steeped in history.
Wolfgang Nitschke, General Manager
+7 495 221 5555
2/1 Building 1, Kutuzovsky Prospect 121248
Centrally located near Red Square and the Kremlin, the 334-room Ritz- Carlton Moscow is one of the classiest luxury hotels in the Russian capital.
The traditionally styled décor has a Classical Russian feel, but this is by no means an old-fashioned hotel. Alongside state-of-the-art technological amenities in all rooms and suites, guests can enjoy several top-class restaurants and the super-trendy top floor O2 Lounge. After an energetic day’s sightseeing, wind down in the wonderful ESPA spa offering 14 treatment rooms inside a 22,000 square foot fitness center. The hotel also boasts one of the largest conference areas in the city – the Ballroom – with space for up to 700 guests. With its ideal location and wealth of world-class facilities, it’s easy to see why the Ritz-Carlton is one of the most popular hotel choices for Moscow’s wealthiest visitors.
Why we love it: Located on the top (11th) floor of the hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Suite is the largest presidential suite in Moscow. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows facing The Kremlin, Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral and Christ the Savior Cathedral, this premium suite boasts classic furnishings that exude Russian imperial style and are discretely enhanced by an array of modern conveniences. Flat-screen televisions, top-of-the-line stereo systems and DVD players, an iPod docking station, CD selection and wireless internet access are distinctive touches. Plush robes, marble soaking tub and thick bath sheets provide a welcome sanctuary. Amenities include: spacious living room with a grand piano and dining area, two fireplaces, library and office room, boardroom with highest security standards including autonomous energy supply system and telecommunication system. In addition guests enjoy access to the Club Lounge with five daily food and beverage presentations.
Sandeep Walia, General Manager
+7 495 225 8888
Tverskaya Street 3, Moscow 125009
Hotel National has remained as much of an historical landmark throughout the 20th and 21st centuries as The Kremlin and Red Square, both visible from the hotel.
Built by the famous Russian architect Alexander Ivanov in 1903, the hotel has been the choice of Royals, foreign dignitaries and celebrities for more than a century. The National’s interior is splendidly adorned with artifacts from the Tsar’s palaces and aristocratic estates, and the suites contain many rare Russian antiques; so much so that’ll feel like you’re actually staying in a palace. The on-site Moskovsky Restaurant is a fantastic dining option with its blend of Russian, French and Italian cuisine. Along with the Alexandrovsky bar, both venues are a popular meeting place for Moscow business elite. Ideally located and packed full of modern amenities that perfectly complement the classic Russian luxury on offer, the Hotel National will be the number one choice for elite travelers for years to come.
Why we love it: The Presidential Suite at the Hotel National seamlessly blends Old World opulence with modern technology to create a hotel experience worthy of elite travelers. The antique furniture and precious artwork on display gives the suite a unique atmosphere, complemented by the fine views over The Kremlin and Tverskaya. The signature luxury king-size bed waits invitingly for tired sightseers, who have the option of a soak in the marble clad bathroom amid rejuvenating massage jets. The impressive living area with armchairs and custom upholstered sofas, antique table with reading light and rare antiquities provide exclusive and intimate surroundings both for meetings and leisure. A roll call of previous celebrity occupants includes: King Juan Carlos of Spain, Princess Birgitta, Prince Michael of Kent, Bill Gates and Jack Nicholson.
Oleg Skorlukov, General Manager
+7 495 258 7000
15/1 Mokhovaya Street, Moscow 125009
Another Moscow hotel steeped in history, the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow first opened 1898 and has remained one of the capital’s top hotels ever since.
Located on the banks of the Moscow River, the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski offers wonderful views over Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral and the nearby Kremlin, which sits on the opposite bank. The hotel features the fabulous Restaurant Baltschug as well as two health centers: the Health Club and the Beauty Centre Baltschug, but pride of place is reserved for the unique Princess and Linley suites. The two suites were designed by HRH Princess Michael of Kent and Sir David Linley, both distant relatives of the late Tsar. Every Sunday guests can make the most of a complimentary Kremlin/city tour.
Why we love it: The Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow has a wealth of fantastic suites to choose from, but the Princess Suite is undoubtedly the finest. Not only is the suite fit for royalty, but it was designed by royalty; HRH Princess Michael of Kent. The view of the capital is quite simply staggering; The Kremlin, Red Square and the River Moscow are all visible. The three room suite itself has a spacious bedroom with a king-size bed, as well as a bathroom and living room, and features a traditional English floral design.
Gerhard Mitrovits, General Manager
+7 495 287 2000
Ul.Balchug, 1, Moscow 115035
Ideally situated on Tverskaya Street, part of the Golden Ring in Moscow, the Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel is a great choice for business or leisure travelers.
Visitors will be impressed by the lobby, with its large glass dome, 19th century tapestries depicting Moscow scenes and a beautiful fountain underneath the main staircase. This grandeur continues throughout the hotel, especially in the excellent Health Center, where guests can make use of the gym, indoor swimming pool, sauna and solarium. The hotel’s three restaurants each offer a different style of cuisine, from French to European to Russian, while the business facilities are second-to-none. The Grand Ballroom accommodates up to 300 guests, while there are 10 conference rooms providing more than 9,200 square feet of meeting space. No wonder the Marriot Grand Hotel was voted the ‘Best Hotel in Russia for Business Meetings and Conferences’ at the 17th Ceremony of World Travel Awards in 2010.
Why we love it: The Presidential Suite of the Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel is one of the few suites that add a touch of homeliness to the grandeur of the opulence on display. A large dining area which seats up to eight leads on at an even more impressive lounge room, which features a number of comfortable chairs arranged around a sofa, a writing desk and a host of entertainment features. The bedroom is equally as spacious and comfortable, and there’s always the option of installing more beds or adding a second adjoining single or twin room.
Andrey Smirnov, Director of Sales
+7 495 937 0000
26/1 Tverskaya Street, Moscow 125009
The Savoy Hotel has enjoyed a long and interesting history: opened in 1913, it was once the hottest restaurant in town before becoming a hotel.
Completely renovated in 2005, the Savoy is now one of the finest hotels in Moscow. Ideally located in the very heart of the capital with easy access to the major tourist attractions, and offering 70 luxurious rooms, the Savoy is a more intimate establishment than many of the city’s hotels. As ever, quality rules quantity, which is exemplified by the stunning artwork adorning the hallways and marble bathrooms in each room. The spa facilities at the Health and Beauty Center are excellent and include a 25 meter swimming pool with a counterflow, a small water cascade and geysers. The gym is equipped with new treadmills, step machines, static bicycles and rowing machines. At guests’ disposal there is also a sauna, a steam room and a beauty parlor offering hair care, manicure and pedicure. Additional facilities included a conference center and banqueting suite.
Why we love it: Continuing the theme of intimate luxury, the Savoy Grand Suite is elegantly decorated to best reflect the traditions of Russian culture. This three-room apartment has a separate guest bathroom and a fully equipped service kitchen for private dinners. The lounge area has been stylishly furnished yet still manages to retain a comfy, cozy feel that will delight those looking to relax after enjoying the sights of Moscow. The generous-sized bedroom is equipped with a queen-sized bed and hypoallergenic pillows, while the bathroom is fitted with heated marble floors along with premium quality cotton bathrobes.
Alexey Akindinov, General Director
+7 495 620 8555
3/6 Ul. Rozhdestvenska, Moscow 109012
In the post-Soviet period, Barvikha became a byword for opulence; the area is well known for its plentiful supply of luxury dachas built by the new Russian elite that emerged during the 1990s.
It’s no surprise then that Barvikha Hotel & Spa is such a lavish affair. Situated just three miles from the heart of Moscow in a beautiful pine forest, the Barvikha Hotel & Spa is the perfect destination for those looking to escape the confines of the city. The hotel continues the natural element with its décor; the ultra-modern interiors are created from stone, wood and marble, all designed by interiors expert Antonio Citterio. All rooms and suites are extended with uniquely designed terraces, each with underfloor heating. The spa has been inspired by the work of Henri and Dominique Chenot and is one of the finest in Moscow. Gastronomes can certainly expect to savor the mouth watering cuisine on offer; the hotel features a health food restaurant as well as a restaurant run by Anatoly Komm. Those looking to flex their plastic will be delighted by the neighboring Barvikha Luxury Village, a shopping haven full of luxury boutiques.
Why we love it: The natural, modern theme continues with the design of the top suite at the Barvikha Hotel & Spa. The Presidential Suite is beautifully decorated with a mixture of wood, marble and stone, and features a bedroom, living area, bathroom and separate dining room. The bedroom comes equipped with the Royal Bed; at 16 feet wide, this is a bed worthy of the Tsar himself. The living area features a real fireplace, which gives the room a cozy feel that is sure to appeal on cold Russian evenings. For even more comfort there’s a Jacuzzi and mini hammam, as well as exquisite marble bathroom with soft robes and accessories. The outside terrace with underfloor heating offers a stunning view of the surrounding forest, and there’s a separate dining area that’s perfect for entertaining. For those who want that little bit extra, the Presidential Suite can be extended to connect with the adjacent Executive Suite.
Fernando Rojo, General Manager
+7 495 225 8880
Barvikha Luxury Village, Odintsovsky District, Moscow 143083
Rather unusually for Moscow, the Golden Apple Boutique Hotel doesn’t focus on the history or style of pre-20th century Russia.
Easily recognizable by the giant golden apple on display at the front of the hotel, the Golden Apple Boutique Hotel is a chic and trendy option that still provides plenty of luxury. The hotel’s unique design in natural wood, marble and stone – by Canadian architect Raphael Shafir – promotes a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere, with each of the seven floors representing a different color of the rainbow. The Golden Apple Boutique restaurant is a stylish eatery offering a high standard of cuisine, while the Apple bar is a trendy nightspot serving an impressive range of cocktails. Golden Apple Boutique Hotel is the perfect choice for those looking for something a little different; stylish yet casual, this modern hotel is sure to delight elite travelers.
Why we love it: Unlike many of the other top suites in Moscow’s finest hotels, the Loft Suite at the Golden Apple Boutique Hotel isn’t packed full of antique furniture or priceless artwork. Open space has been used to create a chic yet relaxed living area, which features a wide-screen plasma TV and kitchenette. The cool, expansive interiors are the perfect stress relievers after a tough day’s sightseeing, and the suite is ideal for those who enjoy viewing the glory of Tsarist Russia during the day, but don’t necessarily want to live in that period when they return to their hotel room. An exquisite bathroom with Philippe Starck fixtures and accessories and a magnificent view of the center of Moscow top off this fantastic suite.
Maxim Golovatch, General Manager
+7 495 980 7000
11 Malaya Dmitrovka, Moscow 127006
One of the tallest buildings in Moscow, the Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy offers guests a perfect mix of class with convenience, and luxury surroundings with state-of-the-art technology to create a lavish, modern hotel experience that rivals any in Moscow.
The rooms and suites are packed full of high-tech amenities and feature a subtle décor of warm, earthy tones, and many of them feature stunning views over the city. While the hotel has won several awards for business travel (Best Business Hotel 2009 – Business Travel Conference & Travel Academy Awards Russia), and feature several business suites and extensive conference facilities, the Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy is still a great hotel for elite travelers coming to Moscow for a leisure holiday. Located near the city’s major attractions and within reach of the better shopping areas, the hotel also has excellent in-house restaurants and a wonderful spa service.
Why we love it: The top suite at the Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy continues the modern theme with a Presidential Suite full of top-class amenities and facilities. Guests can expect large flat-screen TVs, an espresso coffee machine, a Jacuzzi with superb views over Moscow, in addition to Swiss Spa and Bulgari bathroom amenities. The suite has a spacious bathroom with a walk-in shower and the bedroom is separate from the main living and dining area. The views over Moscow are breathtaking, and the suite comes with an exquisite selection of wine, cheese and cognac, providing elite travelers with a particularly warm welcome to Moscow.
Jan Chovanec, General Manager
+7 495 787 9800
Kosmodamianskaya Nab, 52, 6, Moscow 115054