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Добро пожаловать!* We may have got a little sidetracked by the insane suites of St Petersburg yesterday, but today our eyes are pointed back towards Moscow, where the Four Seasons finally opens in a recreation of the legendary Hotel Moskva which featured on the Stolichnaya vodka label and which was bulldozed 10 years ago. (In fact, it ‘opened’ two days ago with a big party, but is only available for bookings for normal folk from today.)
As we said before, the location is spectacular, on Ploshchad Revolyutsii, which filters into Red Square. It has five food and drink venues including Italian and Russian restaurants, a 24-hour fitness center, a glass-roofed lap pool and a whopping 32,292 square feet spa, which will open early next year.
Does this building look familiar? It should, and not just to hotel geeks or fans of Stalinist architecture. In fact, this – the Hotel Moskva, which opened in 1935, is the building on the label of Stolichnaya vodka.
And now it’s about to find a whole new kind of fame as the Four Seasons Moscow. The hotel has just started taking reservations for an opening date of October 30.
This isn’t the actual Hotel Moskva, sadly – the original building was demolished in 2004, when authorities decided that knocking it down and building a replica would be easier than restoring the original. Completed in 2012, the gargantuan new building houses offices, apartments and a shopping mall (currently open) as well as the hotel. The location is fantastic – right by Red Square, bang on Ploshchad Revolyutsii (basically it’s overlooking the State Historical Museum, which forms the entrance to Red Square). Get a room on a high floor, and you should be able to see the onion domes of the Kremlin, straight opposite you (yes, the Kremlin has churches). Possibly even St Basil's Cathedral, over the shoulder of the museum, if you're on the right side, and high enough.
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One more hotel to add to our OPENING THIS MONTH list!
“What’s with the French?” you may ask. Well, Kempinski is bringing a bit of grand Paris to Moscow with the opening of the palace-like Hotel Nikol'skaya in the centre of Russia’s capital, the company’s second hotel in the city.
Just a few minutes’ walk from the Bolshoi Theatre, Duma and the famous GUM department store, the hotel was formerly the residence of Count Orlov-Davydov until the early 1900s and also used to house the Koeller perfumery and many fine chocolate shops. After six years of restoration by Leo International Design Group (architects of several Shangri-Las and Le Meridiens in China and Thailand), the hotel has opened its grand doors with 211 rooms and suites, six—count ‘em—six restaurants and bars, a spa, fitness center and five meeting rooms.
If you've been to New York, Paris and London, we reckon you still haven't seen the world until you've stayed a week in Moscow. (We've been twice.) So if your travel plans take you there and your budget is wide-open, consider the Hotel Metropol Moscow, more for its perfect location than anything else.
Directly in front of the Bolshoi Theater, two minutes to Red Square and next to a Metro station, and in a grand old building itself, you really feel as if you're in Moscow.
Of course, not everyone thinks the famous Metropol is the place to stay, and previous guest feedback is pretty mixed. Service can be a problem (one guy complained that his Russian-born wife was treated terribly, but once he started speaking in English, suddenly the staff were polite again), and others think that the costs are a bit over the top, but Moscow is becoming a really expensive city.
On the plus side, it's clean, classy and a bit regal-looking, and a harpist plays while you're eating breakfast. Then you just stroll out the door and before you know it you're surrounded by the red walls of the Kremlin or queueing to see Lenin.
Last night, Amazing Racers jetted off to Moscow's Red Square. Since the episode was "To Be Continued" we don't know for sure if the contestants were allowed to stay in a hotel there.
But if they were, we hope they would stay at the Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel. The hotel's interior is distinctly modern, a big change from the rest of Moscow. Each room has Bang & Olufsen flat-screen TVs, Zimbabwe marble in the bathroom, and an Italian Pozzoli bedframe.
Tablet Hotels describe the overall vibe of the hotel as:
restrained, practically Zen, an oasis of class in a desert of nouveau riche extravagance.
Lastly, guests can get WiFi in their rooms, treatments at the hotel spa, and the chance to sit back and relax on the rooftop at The Conservatory Lounge.
Fortunately for the racers, they can't rely on help from outsiders as there are many reports that staff and concierges are useless.
Don't forget to shake down our little bro, Jaunted, for his Amazing Race map.