Hotel Metropol, Moscow, Russia

Hotel Metropol, Russia

To stay in the magnificent Hotel Metropol in Moscow is to experience not only one of the world’s most famous hotels, but to be within the palatial walls of a part of Russian history, right in the heart of the capital, minutes from the Kremlin and Red Square. This is definitely the hotel of choice in Moscow: five star, splendid, and with Russian culture and history embedded in every inch of its now beautifully refurbished gilded columns, glittering chandeliers and grand halls.

It was at the Hotel Metropol that Lenin harangued the Bolsheviks, and where later the Bolshevist government’s All-Russian Central Executive Committee took up residence. Over the past century, the hotel has seen the extremes of Russian life, from revolutionary fervour to status symbol of Russian pomp. Opened in 1901, the Metropol was a paragon at the time of Russia’s growing prosperity and confidence. Muscovites would arrive in crowds to see what they called the ‘Tower of Babel of the 20th Century’—for it had not been built for ordinary Soviet citizens. This was where the Russian Government entertained those it wished to impress, and in the ‘Kruschev Thaw’ more and more foreign visitors arrived: George Bernard Shaw and Bertold Brecht stayed here, as did world leaders, foreign princes, dignitaries and industry tycoons. More recently, in the Sixties, the stately Metropol restaurant, with its 20-metre-high stained-glass ceiling and central fountain, was a favourite of Kim Philby.

To stay at the Metropol today is to experience a unique convergence of Western five-star luxury and grandiose Russian style: architecturally, it is an Art Nouveau masterpiece. It also has an unbeatable location at the heart of Moscow, opposite Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre and next to GUM department store. For sightseeing and shopping there is no better location.

The hotel is of course magnificently large, with well over 300 rooms and suites. These are now all air-conditioned and include all the anticipated five-star amenities of flat-screen TV, ensuite marble bathrooms, bathrobes and slippers. The rooms are also very comfortable, luxurious even, with beautiful artwork on the walls.

The service is excellent—professional, knowledgeable and friendly—and the food is delicious (‘the best blintzes in Moscow’ wrote one reviewer) and guests enjoy expertly prepared Russian-European cuisine in the historic Evropeisky Restaurant—to the melodic sounds of a harpist. For further relaxation, guests can use the hotel sauna, health club, fitness centre and beauty salon.

All in all, the Metropol is the perfect hotel for those who prefer to stay in national treasures when they travel, rather than merely to stand outside and gaze at them from afar.

International Hotel: Club Members enjoy exclusive preferential rates at this historic hotel, paying a lower rate than anywhere else, as well as a special Blue Ribbon rate for the first Members to book a Junior Suite, luxuriously decorated with chandeliers, paintings and flower vases, king-size beds and free Wifi; they range from 40-50 sq metres.

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