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Hotels are like chocolate — there's one for every taste and budget. And Moscow, a major hub for tourists and business travelers alike, has one of the biggest boxes in the world from which to choose.

High-class hotels are the rich, luxurious handmade truffles of the accommodation industry. If funds permit, splurge on a night (or several) in one of the city's fabulous luxury hotels in the heart of the city center. Between the spotless service, spectacular views, and unbeatable location — within walking distance of historic landmarks, restaurants, and theaters — these palaces offer nothing but the best.

If bars of dark chocolate (serious brain food) on-the-go is more your style, you may find a room in one of the city's many Western-style business hotel chains to be the right fit. With plenty of work space, meeting rooms, and 24-hour services catering to workaholics on a foreign time zone, Moscow's business hotels give work travelers a comfortable place to stay while they get things done.

But for those travelers in search of a more unique experience, boutique hotels offer a touch of mystique and memorability. Much like the chocolate shell of a truffle can hide any number of surprises inside (does it contain a maraschino cherry? A gooey caramel center?), Moscow contains a huge selection of unique boutique hotels to consider. Would you like to stay in an avant-garde mini-hotel in an artsy district, or to try a Soviet-style palace sporting columns, chandeliers and portraits of Lenin? We have a few recommendations for you.


Fit for a Czar ††††

Hotel National

A five-star hotel right across the street from the Kremlin, the Hotel National is a historic feature of Moscow's city center, first opening its doors and beds to Russia's elite in 1903. The hotel has hosted numerous international dignitaries as well as Russia's own movers and shakers, including Lenin, Trotsky and the future U.S. President Bill Clinton, among many others. †Over the years and after several restorations, it has become part of the Luxury Collection of Starwood Hotels & Resorts: a truly elegant hotel with tasteful luxury and impeccable service. Make your stay in Moscow memorable when waking up with a view of the Kremlin's towers and stars every morning.

+7 (495) 258-7000

15/1 Mokhovaya Ulitsa

From 10,500 rubles


Classic, elegant, and historic, the Metropol is the largest hotel built in Moscow before the Russian Revolution of 1917. Construction on the hotel, built in the Art Nouveau style in the city's center, involved a collaboration between architects and artists. After opening to the public, it boasted such luxurious amenities (at the time) as hot water, elevators, and telephones that it quickly became renowned as one of the fanciest hotels in the capital. For over a decade, the Metropol served as political quarters for the Soviet Union's growing legions of bureaucrats, before being converted back into a hotel in the 1930s and since undergoing major restoration. Today, the Metropol has 388 rooms, each in a different shape or decoration, as well as a spectacular restaurant housed under a grand glass dome with a marble fountain and gorgeous wall mural.

+7 (499) 501-7800

2 Teatralny Proezd

From 8,415 rubles

Ararat Park Hyatt

A sleek and modern five-star hotel, Moscow's Park Hyatt was built on the location of a popular Armenian restaurant from the Soviet period. True to its roots, the hotel offers a particularly rich variety of dining options — like the Cafe Ararat, a modern iteration of the original Armenian eatery, and a rooftop Conservatory Lounge and Bar, with fabulous views of the historic city center and the colorful Kremlin spires. With a full-service in-house spa, a pool, gym, and Roman bath, plus Moscow's most famous sightseeing hotspots like Red Square and the Bolshoi Theater just a stone's throw away, the Park Hyatt has everything you need.

+7 (495) 783-1234

4 Neglinnaya Ulitsa

From 12,800 rubles


The Ritz-Carlton, one of Moscow's newer hotels, is classically elegant and closely follows the luxury chain's reputation of impeccable service. The doorman and elevator attendants greet guests with genuine warmth, suites are beautifully furnished, and the hotel's view over the Kremlin and the rainbow onion domes of St. Basil's Cathedral on Red Square is breathtaking. With exquisite dining options, a spa center renowned for its quality (also featured in this city guide!), the fabulous O2 Lounge rooftop bar, and excellently-trained staff anticipating guests' every need, the Ritz-Carlton is a stunning example of how warm Moscow can be after all.

+7 (495) 225-8888

3 Tverskaya Ulitsa

From 15,000 rubles

Business Travel Po-Russki

Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya

The Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya is not only a hotel — it's an icon, occupying one of the famous Stalinist skyscrapers affectionately known as the Seven Sisters. Situated on Komsomolskaya Ploshchad just minutes' walk away from the Leningrad, Kazan, and Yaroslavl train stations, the hotel is ideally located for train travelers. Since its grand opening in 2008, the hotel (Hilton's first in Russia) has won recognition for its elegant interior and excellent service.

+7 (495) 627-5550

21/40 Kalanchevskaya Ulitsa

From 5,500 rubles

Radisson Royal Hotel

A striking example of Soviet architecture located in another of Moscow's Seven Sisters skyscrapers, the Radisson Blu rests on the banks of the Moscow River, with convenient transportation options from four airports and local train stations. The hotel offers 497 rooms and suites as well as serviced apartments for extended stays. Between the array of in-house dining options, the bar on the 31st floor, and an on-site Congress Park boasting 2,300 square meters of meeting space, the Radisson is serious about providing business travelers with the service and amenities needed to get the job done. Taking advantage of its location on the water, the hotel also owns a fleet of 10 white icebreaker yachts, which cruise along the river year-round.

+7 (495) 221-5555

2/1 Kutuzovsky Prospekt, Bldg. 1

From 8,800 rubles

Swissotel Krasnye Holmy

Housed in a sleek and contemporary 34-story tower by the Moscow River, Swissotel is one of the city's tallest hotels. With spacious and plentiful meeting facilities, it's famous for catering pointedly to business travelers — though with the impeccable in-house Pürovel spa and the famous top-floor City Space Bar, boasting a 360-degree view of the Moscow city skyline, Swissotel offers something for every type of guest.

+7 (495) 787-9800

52 Kosmodamiyanskaya Naberezhnaya, Bldg. 6

From 13,000 rubles

Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre

Voted Russia's leading business hotel by the hospitality industry's World Travel Awards in 2013, the Crowne Plaza offers a mix of comfort and amenities perfect for business executives and leisure travelers alike. The hotel is located in Moscow's own World Trade Center in the city's business district, with the international exhibition complex Expocenter just a few minute's walk away. If a bit of a higher price tag is no problem, book one of the Crowne Plaza's club suites for extra space and access to the Club Lounge, which offers complimentary breakfast and hors d'oeuvres all day. †

+7 (495) 258-2222

12 Krasnopresnenskaya Nab.

From 4,900 rubles

Beautifully Boutique Sovietsky

A historic hotel built by personal order of Josef Stalin in 1952 in the 'Soviet Empire' style, the Sovietsky is ideal for travelers looking for a taste of history and Russian culture over simple convenience. Its high ceilings, marble columns, and crystal chandeliers offer a genuinely Russian look and atmosphere — and indeed, the hotel is a historic landmark, serving as the Soviet government's official hotel for many years. A few nights here and you'll be cooking borsch and greeting your friends with 'zdravstvuitye' (hello) in no time!

+7 (495) 960-2000

32/2 Leningradsky Prospekt

From 4,800 rubles

Chenonceau Hotel

This gorgeous but tiny boutique hotel is a modern Russian castle built in a classic European style, with huge windows and garden terrace complete with stone lions. Sparkling chandeliers and gilded red-and-gold elements give the Chenonceau a refined appearance while maintaining the look and feel of a spacious but quiet home. The in-house restaurant is also excellent, serving modern European cuisine.

+7 (495) 699-2141

15 Trekhprudnyy pereulok

From 3600 rubles

Kebur Palace

A small and elegant 79-room hotel in a green district of Moscow's center, Kebur Palace strikes just the right balance between quiet and convenience. The location is excellent, with Moscow's breathtaking Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Russian House of Artists, and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art nearby. Rooms range from small singles to 2-level penthouses with a jacuzzi and sauna; a beauty salon, conference hall, and excellent Georgian restaurant are also in the same building.

+7 (495) 733-9070

32 Ulitsa Ostozhenka

From 6,600 rubles

Golden Apple

A modern 5-star boutique hotel located in a historic 19th century building, famous for its minimalist and avant-garde interior style. Each of the seven guest floors matches a specific color of the rainbow, and rooms are decorated accordingly, with gorgeous wood, marble, and stone elements. With 92 rooms of four luxury levels (from standard to suite), plus three meeting rooms, a health club, and round-the-clock sauna and jacuzzi, the Golden Apple combines luxury with simplicity and convenience. Be sure to get a picture with the hotel's namesake enormous golden apple in the lobby!

+7 (495) 980-7000

11 Malaya Dmitrovka Ulitsa

From 5,200 rubles

Lifestyle Guide 2015
Lifestyle Guide 2015
Premium-class hotels, restaurants, nightlife, spas, fitness, and city festivals - this new issue of the Lifestyle Guide proudly presents the best spots in Moscow in 2015.
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