The architecture of this building is quite spectacular. Inside, everything possible has been done to attract people who like glittering and sparkly objects. There are expensive baubles for sale around every corner, marble and gilt on every floor and doorknob and the wellness centre is packed full of beautiful people. Unfortunately, the true luxuries in modern life - a smile from the staff perhaps, a bit of trust (a deposit will be charged to your card for extras - I suppose they have many fraudsters - and your room number and name will be checked before you are allowed to leave the bar) are missing. Even some of the gadgets becoming more common in the luxury bracket are not to be found (electric blinds, non-steam mirrors, a decent hifi system, apple tv etc)
In line with local laws and practice, smoking is allowed in the lobby bar which gives the endless acres of gilt edged sofas a nasty aroma and, dare I say it, a touch of sleaziness not helped by the surrounding glum staff. A visit to the mercedes bar (near the top) was met with disrespect and derision - be sure you can speak Russian. Speaking English, French or German is not good enough it seems.
The rooms are clean and the beds are comfortable. The laundry service is fast. Security is good and the rooms are, generally, quiet at night. The views from the rooms are all good (overlooking the river isn't significantly superior) but I do recommend trying to get a room on the upper floors. The breakfasts are ledgendary.
Of course this is a good hotel - but at this price it ought to be. In the final analysis it is low value for money on an American/Westen europe scale, and average for Russian. For those who enjoy their luxury at the Ostentatious end of the scale (who said Bling Bling!) step right this way. If you are seeking a slightly more discreet and sophisticated residence when in Moscow, there are alternative locations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A gem among hotels in Russia, the Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow boasts landmark status in the heart of the capital city. This elegant Moscow hotel was built between 1953 and 1957 as part of Stalin's Seven Sisters project and showcases Soviet Neo-classicism architecture.Gaze over the Moskva River and Moscow skyline from the most breathtaking luxury hotel in town. The newly refurbished 497 guest rooms and 38 serviced apartments offer unrivalled comfort and pay homage to the historic nature of the building while featuring top of the range amenities. The convenient location of Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow on the Moskva River embankment and a small fleet of river yachts provide a unique opportunity to take excursion and entertainment boat trips right off the doorstep of the Hotel. The custom designed snow white restaurant yachts run regular two hour trips from the hotel along the most picturesque sights of the historical centre of Moscow ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Royal Moscow Hotel Moscow