Public spaces are full of palatial crystal chandeliers, wrought iron railings, stained glass, an appropriate amount of gilt, and neutral Art Deco-style furnishings or plush red velvet ones.
Most of the rooms have their original high ceilings and are contemporarily decorated in pale brown and muted beige with textured walls and patterned floors. All of the high-tech stuff necessary to exist is there including free WiFi, a 42-inch flat-screen and a smart control pad.
The hotel’s restaurants range from MosaiK, a seafood and grill restaurant with some traditional Russian favorites thrown in, to the Italian bistro A Tavola, but we’re most excited by the bars (maybe it’s just us?). You got the Robusto Cigar Club serving only high-quality Robusto cigars thank-you-very-much and--we imagine--good Scotch, and the laidback Latin Mojito Lounge found on the rooftop. Then there’s The Parisien Café Vendome and its homemade baguettes and éclairs and the Orlov Lobby Lounge and Bar.
The spa is run by Swiss brand L.RAPHAEL, a first in Russia.
Rates at Kempinski Hotel Nikol’skaya start at RUB 10,500 ($316) for a Superior Room at the Winter Breaks rate, which includes breaky.
[Photos: Kempinski Hotel Nikol'skaya]