- Jun. 09 2015 00:00
In St. Petersburg
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Inside this lovely classical mansion with warm wooden shutters built in 1826 is a warm, friendly, and eclectic family hotel. The twenty rooms are each decorated differently, in styles that range from exposed brick to Central Asian embroidered throws and romantic all-white décor. On cool nights, you can enjoy hot tea by the fireplace in the parlor; on warm nights, you can sip a summery drink on the terrace. Close to the Mariinsky Theater, it is a short walk to Nevsky prospekt.†
Right on Nevsky prospekt in the very heart of the city, two 19th century buildings were restored on the outside and transformed inside to make a 5-star luxury business hotel. The Corinthia honors the elegance of past with soaring ceilings, columns, and fine architectural detailing. But it is designed with today's traveler in mind, with unfussy modern décor and everything a business traveler or tourist could want: comfortable rooms in soothing tones, WIFI everywhere; business center, meeting rooms, and full-service event support; a gym; and several restaurants and bars offering European cuisine.†
W St. Petersburg
If 19th century luxury is not your thing, the W St Petersburg Hotel is for you. This super modern, super sleek, super cool hotel with an attitude is right off St. Isaac's Square. It has 137 rooms ranging — by their terminology — from Wonderful Room to E-Wow Suite, each is bright with clean modern Italian furniture. There is a rooftop terrace café, every kind of business amenity, a gym, a pool, a concierge service that will provide anything and everything "as long as it's legal," and the heavenly Bliss Spa. And the very best part? You can bring your dog or cat. Who would ever leave?†
Marriot Renaissance St Petersburg Baltic
The Renaissance St. Petersburg Baltic Hotel is a mid-sized hotel in the city center with a warm, classical décor and a lot of homey touches like fresh cut flowers. It caters to business travelers with WIFI throughout the facilities, several meeting rooms and a full-service business center. And it is perfect for weekend getaways with a fitness center and sauna, not to mention delicious food and drinks in the hotel's restaurant. During the White Nights, you can enjoy the view from the open terrace on the sixth floor.
The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel
If you've ever wondered what it would have been like to actually live in the Winter Palace, this hotel is for you. The Hermitage has opened its own hotel in a restored 19th century mansion, sumptuously decorated like rooms in the palace, with doormen in uniforms reminiscent of the Winter Palace guards, and a restaurant that serves meals based on palace recipes on reproductions of tsarist china. The hotel, however, is more comfortable than the palace was, with all the modern services a traveler needs, and a spa — Mon Plaisir — that offers a full assortment of treatments, Jacuzzi, sauna and hammam. It's a bit off the beaten track — a 30 minute walk to the city center — but there is a free shuttle to the Hermitage during the day.
With the exchange rates favoring holders of foreign currency and hotels running spectacular specials to draw in guests, for the summer we decided to highlight a few of Moscow's most deluxe and often unaffordable hotels. There is a place for every taste, and every place has beautiful designs, impeccable service, and something special to make a weekend getaway or a quick visit a truly memorable experience.
Lotte Hotel Moscow
When the Lotte Hotel opened in Moscow in 2010, many people were skeptical that this luxury brand could bring something new to a city filled with luxury hotels. But the Lotte quickly gained a reputation for superior service and comfort — the kind of hotel you book for your most demanding relatives, or the hotel you book for yourself to celebrate a promotion. It has 300 large rooms, versatile meeting and event†spaces, a full-service business center, excellent dining, a fitness center, pool and award-winning spa, the Mandara.
Doubletree by Hilton Moscow Marina
The Doubletree by Hilton Moscow Marina Hotel is a bit of a mouthful to pronounce, and perhaps even a bit confusing — a marina in land-locked Moscow? That's the fun of it — it is a small resort in the heart of the city, situated on the Moscow River, with bike paths, access to the water and yacht club. The ecologically and architecturally clean space has high ceilings, lots of natural wood, and soothing colors. The hotel is great for business travelers who need meeting and event rooms and business support. But it's also perfect for a weekend staycation — with a luxurious pool, fitness center, sauna, hammam and spa; a terrific bar and restaurant; and easy proximity to shops and sites.†
Hard as it is to believe, not everyone wants a hotel with old-world elegance. Some want to stay in a hotel that is sleek and modern from top to bottom, a hotel that is cutting-edge 21st century. The Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya fits the bill. Right on the capital's main street, it offers a full array of business services, a fitness club and spa, a bar, and an excellent restaurant serving contemporary international fare. And you need only walk out the door to be in the center of Moscow government, business, theater and shopping districts.
St Regis Moscow Nikolskaya
The St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya is one of those amazing hotels that looks as if it were always there, but was actually constructed in the last few years. The façade of the building, first the city manor of Count Orlov-Davydov and then a commercial space for perfume and chocolates, has been meticulously restored while the interior looks like an impeccably maintained palace. The hotel has just over 200 rooms, most of them deluxe, and nearly 50 suites, all with elegant furnishings fitted out for today's digitalized business and tourist traveler.† There are all the services a business person needs, a fitness center, spa and pool, and several restaurants providing international delicacies with an emphasis on Italian cuisine.
Four Seasons Hotel Moscow
When the old Hotel Moskva was torn down in order to rebuild a modern replica, cynical Muscovites shrugged their shoulders, certain that the hotel was lost. But over time the outline of the hotel reappeared, and then the distinctive mismatched facade took shape. And now the hotel is back — only much more elegant than its predecessor. This Four Seasons hotel has almost 200 enormous rooms — even simple rooms are larger than most Moscow apartments! — decorated in a modern, relaxing style with delicate echoes of the constructivist design of the original hotel. It has everything a business traveler needs, including a pool, fitness center and spa to help†unwind, and several restaurants, cafes, and bars to suit every taste and mood.