I think the other reviews here are pretty accurate, the Akvarel is well located in a discrete courtyard off a hugh end, pedestrian shopping street. Look for the sign out on the main street pointing to the alley which the hotel is situated on, you could miss it!
Reception is fine, I had a pleasant middle aged lady book me in and she was great but her replacement was more typical of the Russian style of service....you feel a bit of an inconvenience to their social life! Good sized lift to all floors and a small cafe area and bar with Russian TV playing 24 hours a day.
The room was plenty large enough but sparsely furnished, not what you would call luxurious but clean and comfortable. I had a separate working area with desk and two armchairs then the bed was through an archway. Big double bed, firm but not too bad, I asked for two further pillows and used these to construct a cosy 'nest'. I stayed in October and I think the night club next door was closed so very quiet at night.
The bathroom was good, nice shower pressure (not always a given in Moscow!) and nice towels and toiletries. Large wardrobe and small mini bar but with hardly anything in it!
The breakfast was poor, no selection of bread, limited cereals, terrible juices made from watered down concentrate and only hard boiled eggs as a hot alternative. There are dozens of excellent cafes just yards from the hotel so save the money and eat out.
Over all, the hotel is about 20% overpriced for the standard but the location is great. I will probably pay a little more next time and choose one of the bigger chain hotels nearby.
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