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“Beautiful view but very old” 2 of 5 bubbles
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President Hotel
Ranked #103 of 308 Hotels in Moscow
Pesaro
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful view but very old”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2013

The hotel is in a very nice position, close to the Kremlin and to Gorky Park.
The restaurant is open all the day long and it is very good quality. The swimming pool was closed for 4 days for bank holidays, it is very small but with all comforts. Very high security service with access control 24/7.
The rooms are very old and not really big. The five stars are a bit too much compared to the standard. During spring you can hear the birds singing all the night long, very nice!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2013 via mobile

its a hotel for one night stayers. the location is good but its noisy since it's close to a 6 lane busy road. the rooms are clean but quite simple, the TVs belong to Lenin's era. the bar is empty as hell due to the tight security measures at the main gate, they do not allow people to get in easily and it feels like you entering a prison. the breakfast buffet is huge and worth trying. the service is quite good but the personnel does not know English and they are not warm and welcoming. overall the hotel is good if you're not staying there for more than 3 days

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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127 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2013

Oh dear! Where to start?

Firstly, this is absolutely NOT a 5 star hotel and whoever gave this hotel 5 stars has clearly not visited in the last 40 years!!

The hotel is extremely dated. The foyer area is nice but with a small check in desk, a waiting area and a bar with piano music in the evening. Note for those not used to smokers. Smoking is allowed pretty much anywhere in the building and you cannot get away from it.

All the corridors and entrance areas to the rooms are clad in a very dark wood, giving it a dark and dingy feel. The wardrobes in the room look like they haven't been aired in 40 years... I put my clothes in there overnight, took them out in the morning and they stank! Smelt musty and, well, old! They are now hanging In the doorway to the bedroom.

The bedroom is of a good and generous size, however, again, all the furnishings are dated and tired looking. If any of you are wondering what a television box looks like, take a trip to this hotel... No sign of the modern flat screens, not that it is a problem...no time to watch tv anyway! The curtains do not meet and do not cover the whole window, therefore you are left with large gaps, letting in the city lights at night and brilliant sunlight at the crack of dawn! Fortunately, it's not overlooked so there's no risk of being 'watched'!

The view is lovely, overlooking a park with a statue in dedication to soldiers.

The bed is extremely uncomfortable and the room generally very dusty. The air conditioning didn't work and the room was stifling. Had to sleep with the windows wide open because the room was so unbearably hot (and Moscow are only just coming out of winter...got three hours sleep on my first night because of this.

Bathroom needs a deep clean. Again, there is no air circulation so is very hot. "Beautiful" decoration of terracotta tiles. Showers leak so you can expect to be sloshing around in a mini paddling pool on the main floor of the bathroom! Note that walls are very thin and you can hear flushing of toilets surrounding you and also conversations and doors slamming in corridor (made worse by the echoey wooden hallways).

In terms of the conference facilities, Internet connection is very intermittent. The conference hall is mostly glass with tile floor which is impossible for acoustics when using the microphone and speakers...very hard to hear what is being said.

Food is standard and quantity is underestimated for large groups, there is a lot of waiting around. There are two restaurants and a bar area for food. Both restaurants were closed during my 4 night stay so I had to rely on the bar.

Just a word of warning: staff (and Russian people in general) speak very little English... Understandable, but can make communicating extremely difficult...sometimes they will run off when you're in the middle of trying to explain something and on rare occasions they will get someone else who can speak English. Otherwise, staff are friendly, especially my cleaning lady!

This is a 3 star hotel and is a good quality 3 star hotel. If it had been stated as 3 star, my comments may have been different.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2013

It is a large hotel. Definitely far from todays 5 star hotels around the world. Staff hardly speak any English. Even simple task such as ordering taxi to the airport takes them over 45 min. Food very good at the restaurant however it’s not a fine dine experience as they pretend to be.
Rooms are okey, very old. It is definitely not worth of the price they charge for one night. It is clean. Location is ok. Nice view from the rooms. I don’t recommend though. There are much better places in Moscow.
Main problem for me was that no one speak english. Just like "passport please and 10th floor" Even reception staff etc!!!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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52 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2013

I arrived at the President Hotel in Moscow on the night of the 30th of December 2012 and stayed till the 4th of January 2013, as I was visiting friends who live in Moscow. After a long flight, I was picked up and brought to the hotel. The driver had a slight problem finding the entrance, as security is taken very seriously. My reservation was dealt with professionally and seriously. My room was very pleasant indeed and up to date, and I could not find fault with it, as it had all the amenities (including a safe). The bathroom toiletries were Italian (Olive oil soap, bath gel and shampoo, among other things) and I really enjoyed them, contrarily to many such items that are cheap and not very good in many places where I have been. I was on a high floor, so had an excellent view over Moscow. The staff cleaning the room were most friendly and helpful. Speaking Russian helps of course.
The next morning I had breakfast, and the selection of foods available impressed me, as the hotel was quite empty over the New Year festivities. They could have simply reduced the quantities or moved the whole operation to a smaller area to save money and reduce staff.The dining room/breakfast room looks slightly old fashioned. I had meals at the small restaurant near the reception, (ground floor) and was well served and enjoyed the food. The staff were pleasant and helpful. One must remember, that Russia is not Thailand or Indonesia: Russians are not as exuberant as South Europeans or South East Asians, and what might be construed as serious and professional in Russia might be thought of as distant and stern by foreigners who expect the same thing whether they are in Florida or Italy. One cannot expect the same attitude in Moscow as in say, Bali.
A great party was held at the hotel in very early January (for my friend's birthday) and the catering was amazingly good, as the service. By that I mean the food was really excellent and up to the highest European standard. The whole party was a major success. Famous musicians delighted the invited guests. I was in a safe environment, was very well taken care of, and had a great time. What else could I ask for?
(in the early 1990's studied Russian in St. Pete - so I understand Russians somewhat and their ways, so am probably biased).

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2012

It is a big impressive building from Soviet time, but services and quality is just average. Although it is a 5 star rated hotel, you may expect around 3-4 stars. Since it is goverment hotel, it is safe, even they don't let your visitors to enter to the hotel :) Good location close to Kremlin.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Mehmet_Ozer_12
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Adelaide, Australia
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30 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2012

Having spent 5 days at the President for work organised by my Russian hosts, I chose to stay on for another 3 rather than move as planned while I explored Moscow. It is not a place for those wanting highly personalised or much service - it is a high level govt hotel and built in the 1980s, it still reflects something of that time which actually made it different, interesting and quiet. It grew on me.

The walls have photos of world leaders who have stayed there. Huge spaces (public and private) - my room very large and comfortable. Great breakfast included as is wifi. Given the generally high prices in Moscow, I thought it was not bad value, especially compared to 5 star hotels.

The rooms on the river side have fantastic views and with the Tretyakov main gallery 5 mins walk away and the Tretyakov modern and sculpture garden right behind the hotel, Gorky Park 5 mins walk along the river; 20 mins walk to Kremlin across the river, some of the leading Moscow bars/nightclubs, galleries in the old Red October Chocolate Factory on the island opposite the hotel as is the Peter the Great monument..very good local supermarkets and restaurants and metro Polyanka 5 mins walk.

The view from the 14 floor terrace and restaurant is one of Moscow's best secrets....

Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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Property: President Hotel
Address: Bolshaya Yakimanka St., 24, Moscow 119134, Russia
Region: Russia > Central Russia > Moscow > Yakimanka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#80 Luxury Hotel in Moscow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — President Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 210
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