Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow, Moscow
Tel: 7 495 221 5555
Concierge.com's insider take:
Converted from a Soviet relic on the Moskva River (to the tune of $300 million), the Radisson Royal Hotel quickly became the status address of Moscow after its 2010 opening. It is a hotel of brands: Etro, Provasi, and Frette in the guest rooms; Balmain and Rolls-Royce for sale in its stores; Veuve Clicquot in your glass at breakfast. It is also an exercise in superlatives: the world's biggest hotel art collection (some 1,200 paintings), one of the world's largest arrays of marble (10 different kinds), and the only Moscow hotel to own icebreaking yachts for cruising the river in winter. There's also a 3,500-volume library, five restaurants (including hot spot Tattler Club, owned by megarestaurateur Arkady Novikov), two bars, and a spa and gym with an Olympic-size pool. Neo-Baroque furniture and upholstery fabrics of toile and raw silk in soft palettes (mint and lemon, or indigo and toffee) give the 505 guest rooms a lived-in opulence. And service, the Achilles heel of other Moscow luxury properties, here goes far above and beyond: Staff greet you by name, move heaven and earth to secure an impossible reservation, and even will help you navigate Russian bureaucracy. It all adds up to the kind of home away from home you'll appreciate amid the madness of Moscow.—Colleen Clark
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:One of central Moscow's seven spired skyscrapers born from Stalin's architectural pretensions, the 35-story, 505-room Radisson Royal Hotel provides a blast of high Soviet style cushioned with modern-day luxury and some Eastern flair. Following a reported $300 million rehaul, the hotel (which also still uses its original name, Hotel Ukraina) reopened in April 2010 with friendly young staff. Traditional paintings and sculptures salvaged from the Ukraina incarnation complement new embellishments such as marble floors and elevators paneled with inlaid wood. Hammers and sickles still grace the facade, and a ceiling painting extolling Soviet Ukraine remains in the hotel's huge foyernow also home to a Rolls-Royce dealership. Guest rooms have custom-made Italian beds and wardrobes, rich draperies, and heated bathroom floors. This being Moscow, not even the fanciest hotel is immune from some post-Soviet quirks, such as a lobby sign forbidding guns. The belowground Royal Wellness Club has a superb Olympic-size pool, and the library has laptops and crisp volumes of the classics in various languages. Multiple restaurants serve everything from Japanese to Italian to Iranian food. There's also a trendy restaurant with bar, the Tatler Club, and a fleet of year-round floating restaurant yachts on the Moscow River.2011 Hot List
Which room to book: One with a river view, but avoid the fifth floor if you don't want to stare at the backside of the neon Radisson sign.