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As one of the most expensive cities in the world, it comes as no surprise that Moscow is home to its fair share of luxury hotels. Here, our Forbes Travel Guide editors have whittled down the list to the best places to stay in Moscow:
1. Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow. In a nutshell, the hotel has some of the best views in Moscow of the Kremlin and the colorful onion domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral across the Moscow River. Personal service is also in top form thanks to the chief concierge, who also happens to be the president of Les Clefs d’Or in Russia — whether it’s obtaining a Russian tourist visa or an in-room doctor’s visit, the concierge staff can make it happen. And don’t miss out on the elegant Baltschug Grill restaurant, which serves an impressive Sunday brunch popular with Moscow’s elite.
2. The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow. Located on Moscow’s main drag, Tverskaya, The Ritz is billed as Moscow’s best new luxury hotel. Ultra-lush in design and materials, the hotel’s lobby is decorated with more than 30 pounds of gold, and guestrooms come equipped with dark wood furniture, marble baths and rain showers. The rooftop bar, O2 Lounge, has a modern vibe with its dramatic glass roof and boasts excellent views of Red Square and the Kremlin.
3. InterContinental Moscow. Just up the road from the Kremlin, this luxury hotel is popular with business folk because of its excellent location on the city’s main street, Tverskaya. Guestrooms are modern with a soft color palette, and a full-service Elemis Spa is at your disposal. If you have time for a bit of sightseeing, the hotel’s address puts you within minutes of some of the best sights in Moscow like Red Square, Christ the Savior Church and the Kremlin.
4. Ararat Park Hyatt. One of the first international hotel chains to come to Moscow, the Hyatt has 211 luxurious and spacious guestrooms and 26 suites with a contemporary feel. Make time to grab a drink at the popular rooftop bar that’s frequented by Moscow businessmen for lunch and meetings.
5. Hotel National. The history of this spot is a big draw for many visitors to the luxury hotel: Lenin and Trotsky both lived here at some point in time. Though it lacks the predictability of the larger luxury chain hotels, the rooms are top quality.