What a perfect stay in Moscow for our family of four. Not many of our friends travel to Moscow, let alone with 2 children (11 and 14) in tow. Everything at the Savoy made traveling to Moscow with our family, so easy.
LOCATION: The location is perfect with Red Square only a 10 minute walk. Right outside the hotel front door are tons of mid-priced restaurants, stores to shop at and even a little pharmacy! If you want some inexpensive Russian food, go into “My My” it is a restaurant a few doors down from the hotel. You go through a line and you point to what you want. It is about $12 US a person and just fun to sample things like the Russian soup borscht and Russian fare.. The hotel is in the absolutely best location in Moscow. We felt very very safe and didn’t give our safety a second thought. The subway is only 2 blocks away too.
TAXI: If you are taking a taxi from the airport to your hotel, DO NOT get swindled by any of the people offering you a taxi ride at the airport. It is unsafe and they are dishonest. Simply go to the official TAXI stand in the airport ( A little booth that says “TACHI”) and tell them your hotel name. They will tell you the amount you will need to pay in rubles. They write it on paper for you. Then you wait there at the booth and a taxi cab driver will come to the booth and escort you to his car. We paid 2000 rubles or around $70 US dollars which is the normal cost for getting to the center of Moscow. DO NOT PAY ANY MORE THAN this, unless you need to rent more than a 5 passenger taxi (ie. 8 passenger van). Also important, the taxi driver must be paid in rubles, so you need to have the amount ready to pay him.
The Savoy can also provide transportation to and from the airport. They sent us a price list for getting transportation TO the airport on our trip out of Moscow.. Most of their cars only take 3 passengers and we had 4. So we had to upgrade to a 6 passenger van and they gave us a rate of $150 US dollars. We decided to have the hotel call a taxi for us and the taxi only charged us around $85 US (2500 rubles) for our family of 4.
BREAKFAST: Breakfast was wonderful and not a continental breakfast. This made things easy on our children who crave pancakes and cereals. Breakfast is served in this elaborate room that looks more like a palace with gorgeous gilded ceilings and fountain.
They had everything you could imagine for breakfast, sausage, bacon, eggs, cereals, pancakes, pastries, many cheeses, meats, pates, fruit, yogurts, etc. it was a full breakfast with so much to choose from . Breakfast was included in our room price
ROOM: Europe is different from the USA and they don’t allow you to book a room with two double beds and put 2 adults and 2 children into the room. We had to book a jr. suite or we could have booked two separate hotel rooms to accommodate our family of 4. We booked the jr. suite. When we arrived, apparently the jr., suite got rented by someone for 8 months and they had to bump us. So we ended up in a beautiful business suite which had two rooms (bedroom and living room) and was great. The room even had a dining room table and was very nice. The room was very very clean, spotless and I’m a neat freak. There was also a ton of light with both rooms having huge windows.
They made out a sofa bed for one of our children and brought in a roll away bed for another. NOTE: the rollaway bed was super uncomfortable where you could feel the springs just by touching it. My 11 year old slept on this since he was lighter, but it was uncomfortable. So if you are planning on putting a teenager or adult on it, think twice.
There were extra finishing touches in the room that made it seem more opulent. I included photos of the crown moulding and the beautiful treatment in the corners of the room. The ceilings are also very very tall, probably 12 feet and it gives the feeling of grandeur. The floors had inlaid wood and were very beautiful.
BATHROOM: The bathrooms were both beautiful white marble and gorgeous! They provide you with all the toiletries you could want, a plush bathrobe for each guest and slippers. The shower/.tub has a beautiful rainshower head that really gave great water pressure and was decadent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Savoy hotel is a proper place for travelers who put at a high value service and comfort. It is a historical hotel located in the very heart of Moscow, within a walking distance from the major tourist attractions, the Kremlin, Red Square, the Bolshoi and Maly Theaters. Now it is one of the first designer hotels where the ambience of the old Moscow mansion goes well with all present-day services and comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Savoy Hotel Moscow
- Moscow Savoy Hotel