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It's almost like Christmas came very early for us at HotelChatter because a very generous tipster sent us these sneak peeks of the InterContinental Moscow which will officially open on December 5, although it has been accepting guests for the past month.
Our tipster did let us know he was "invited" to spend some nights in the hotel but we think his "review" is still pretty objective. He writes:
Hotel has very central location (main shopping street, 10 min from Red Square). Design is very modern with classic Russian elements. Standard rooms are not very spacious but comfortable with fantastic bed and mirror TV in bathroom. Restaurant food are quality prepared but not outstanding (may be they will improve it later). From my point a view (I live in Moscow) Intercontinental is the best place to stay in Russian capital now...maybe situation will change after Hyatt renovation completion in summer 2012.
Moscow in December wouldn't exactly be our first choice for a giant fashion party celebrating photographs of nude models, but then we aren't Karl Lagerfeld. The stiff-collared fashion designer held court at the Ritz-Carlton Moscow earlier this week while promoting one of his other talents: photography. Lagerfeld again shot the Pirelli Calendar, his 2011 edition of which features more nudes than ever, including actress Julianne Moore.
So why Moscow? Pirelli is an Italian tire company, the calendar's theme is Greek Mythology, and the stars of the photographs are of an international assortment. Hmm...perhaps it was all just a great excuse to wear the giant Yeti-like fur coats that Lagerfeld designed for Chanel's Fall/Winter 2010 collection? The temperature outside did hover slightly above 0 degrees Fahrenheit, after all.
We've grown accustomed to the Ritz-Carlton Moscow having extraordinarily expensive rooms, food, drinks, and basically everything. But they seem to have a knack for finding even more pricey stuff to make us feel jealous of.
This time it's one of the most exclusive champagnes you'll ever find. Two hundred bottles of 1907 champagne was recovered from a 1916 shipwreck and these bottles are now on the wine list at Moscow's Ritz-Carlton.
Naturally the price reflects their rarity ... you'll find 700,000 rubles (just over US$27,000) added to your bill if you drink this stuff. We're wondering if it even tastes any good after being buried at sea for most of a century.
The decadent Ritz-Carlton Moscow is one of those hotels we'd go to if we found out we only had 24 hours to live. Way too expensive for the normal reality of life--average room rates are well over $1,000 and look, they have musicians playing in the lobby--but an experience we'd love to have.
This week Intelligent Travel got in depth at the Ritz-Carlton Moscow through an interview with its general manager, Oliver Eller. Apart from mentioning the vodka sommelier and the 400 (yes, four hundred) varieties of vodka available at the hotel, we also learned that the Jeroboam restaurant scored top place in Time Out Moscow's ranking of restaurants for 2007.
And Eller also gave a tip on special periods when rates will be cheaper this year, and they include May 1-10 and August 1-20. By checking directly through the Ritz-Carlton website, we found some rooms for as "little" as US$770 during those periods. That's a bargain, really, especially if you get a few shots of the 400 vodka varieties thrown in.
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For a slightly different New Year's Eve celebration, we want to recommend heading to Russian capital Moscow for a chilly but spectacular way to bring in 2008. There's probably no better way than to experience the very first New Year at the Ritz-Carlton Moscow, a decadent hotel that only opened during 2007. Even without the luxury inside, it's a hotel with the perfect location, and a view over the heart of Moscow (pictured).
This hotel seems to exist to remind the world that Moscow is actually full of millionaires. That means it might be a bit pricey for your New Year celebrations, but fortunately that's only a once-a-year event, right?
The Ritz-Carlton Moscow isn't advertising any special New Year packages, but still has room availability for December 31. Rates start at 14,500 Roubles (US$580) and rise quickly to 126500 Roubles (over $5,000) for a Carlton Suite with Club level access. You'll usually have to pay extra for breakfast but imagine waking up to this as your first meal of 2008:
The Tsar's Breakfast includes a Kobe beef steak with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and truffle omelet, foie gras "Au Torchon" with caramelized apple and pain brioche, Beluga caviar with blinis, sour cream and quail eggs and Italian prosciutto and cheeses -- all washed down with fresh juices and a bottle of Crystal champagne.
The only problem is that with a start like that, the rest of 08 would probably seem like a downward slide.
[Photo: lucy huntzinger]
· Cubicle Dreamin': Absolute Decadence in Moscow [HotelChatter]
· First Look: Ritz-Carlton Moscow [NY Post]
· Hotels in Moscow [HotelChatter]
Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.
In this episode, Hotel Maven Amanda K checks out the hottest new hotel in Moscow. Enjoy.
I love Moscow. The uneven cobbles of Red Square, the sandcastle-shaped walls of the Kremlin, the child's-drawing towers of St Basil's Cathedral. So what could make me enjoy my next stay in Moscow even more? That's gotta be a room at the Ritz Carlton Moscow.
Despite the previous promise of a March opening, the new Ritz Carlton (rising out of the ashes of Moscow's famous Intourist Hotel) just got going this week. But wow, has it got going in style--and so it should with basic rooms costing $1000 a night, and a tsar's breakfast available which costs $700. You could instead save your appetite for the rooftop sushi bar with the amazing view over Red Square, or simply drink your way through Moscow getting advice from the vodka sommelier.
But if I'm really going to dream my Friday away, I want the Ritz Carlton's presidential suite. In Moscow this room costs $16,000 a night but comes complete with a bulletproof dining room. As far as I know, I've never been under threat at dinner time, but I guess if I ever could really afford such a room, there might be a few enemies waiting to knock me off between vodkas.
[Photo: lucy huntzinger]
· Last Brick Added to Moscow's Coming Ritz Carlton [HotelChatter]
· Moscow Decadence: Hotel With a $16,000 a Night Suite [UK Guardian]
Right next to Red Square and the Kremlin, the biggest rooms in Moscow at 452 square feet and a three-Michelin-starred chef in the restaurant: what more could you want? Nothing, or at least that's what the Ritz-Carlton Moscow hotel developers want you to think.
The jury'll be out until at least March next year when the new Ritz-Carlton is due to open, but the main construction came to a successful finish this week. It's 11 storeys high, so as not to tower too much over Moscow's historical skyline; inside you can find 334 rooms, including 65 suites. Of course, there'll also be a Ritz-Carlton Club Level and this one has panoramic views over Red Square and the Kremlin. And the cherry on top?--polished dark cherry woods add the elegance factor to all the guest rooms.
With Moscow fast gaining a reputation as one of the world's most expensive cities, you can expect high prices--there's talk of rooms going for $830 a night. But judging from this photoshopped proposed room pic from the htoel website, you do get a view as good as Putin's.
·Kazakh Businessmen Built Ritz-Carlton in Moscow [KazInform]
· Russians Mask Economy's Weakness With Shopping, Building Frenzy [Bloomberg]