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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.