Moscow's Hotels Budget and Luxury Lodging Guides

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Moscow’s hotels serve as a microcosm of the city itself. At the very top end of the market you’ll find resplendent palaces for a tsar, while the bottom end is made up of seedy dives that even the hardiest Siberian farm hand would find uncomfortable. Luckily there’s also plenty of comfortable and affordable middle ground. Hotels in Moscow fill up quickly so advanced booking is essential year round.

At the top of the pile sits the homage to luxury that is Hotel Baltschug Kempinski. To Muscovites the hotel is shorthand for all the best things in life; much in the same way that The Ritz is in London. And it is indeed difficult to think of anywhere else in the capital that you can browse through your own private library wearing a complimentary pair of embossed bedroom slippers. Naturally such extraordinary features come with an equally as extraordinary price tag. However, Hotel Baltschug Kempinski isn’t alone when it comes to heart stopping room rates. Competition comes from Le Royal Meridien National Hotel where a triumphal marble staircase leads to 221 rooms upholstered in silk and furnished in polished oak.

Opened in 1901 Hotel Metropol takes you straight back to Moscow’s belle epoch. Originally dubbed the ‘Tower of Babel of the 20th century’ visitors would flock across the city to gawp at the only building in Moscow to boast telephones, running hot water and elevators. The Hotel Metropol became a favourite haunt of Lenin and later provided the backdrop to scenes from Dr Zhivago.

The well presented Marriott Grand is a much more affordable proposition and a seasoned favourite with guidebook writes. However, it’s not to everyone’s taste (owing to its lack of identity) and from the décor alone you’d be forgiven for thinking that you had woken up in Manhattan rather then Moscow.

If you’re on a tight budget you won’t get much cheaper, or much more central, than the Rossija Hotel. The hotel’s Titanic proportions have earned it a place in The Guinness Book of Records as the largest hotel in Europe. Built in the early 1970s the Rossija Hotel is a symphony in reinforced concrete, however the hotel’s 3100 rooms are relatively comfortable.