When it comes to decent hotels in Moscow, we didn’t have much choice. Since the city is very expensive, the hotels are not cheap either. The National, however, had a competitive price, therefore we didn’t hesitate to try it. Also, who wouldn’t like to try a hotel in which Lenin himself used to stay.
After a very troublesome and complicated arrival (caused by the city), we were greeted by professional staff (who, unlike other people in Moscow, spoke English), explained everything and shown the way to our room.
The public spaces in the hotel look rather nice – the antique furniture, statues and the grand staircase create the right flair that you expect from the National. Although the furnishing is old, it’s still well preserved and you don’t notice any signs of wear unless you look very closely.
Since we previously communicated with the hotel staff, we were promised to get a nice room with a lot of sunlight. And that is exactly what was given to us. The traditionally furnished room had a wall-to-wall window and was located on the highest floor. We didn’t have red square view - the room overlooked the neighboring Ritz-Carlton and a bit of the Tverskaya street. Furnishing looked very luxurious and grand, the size was more than enough and the bed and linens were amazingly comfortable. What amazed me the most, however, was the soundproofing. Apart from the bedroom and bathroom, there was a little entrance hall separating the room from the main hallway. It means there are 2 doors between you and the hallway guaranteeing that no noise will disturb you. Also, the double windows let absolutely no noise in, although Tverskaya is probably the busiest street in the whole city. The bathroom was also very nice, it could look a bit more elegant, though. All in all, the room was excellent.
The hotel also offers a little pool and whirlpool on the top floor, both of which offer a great way to relax after exploring the city. There is also quite a nice view from the pool, so the whole spa is an enjoyable place.
Last but not least, I would also like to comment on the location. As many other reviewers suggest, it is perfect. I think there is no better location for a hotel in Moscow. The National is right in the middle of everything. It’s just across the street from the Red Square (meaning the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, GUM and some other sights) and the subway station is right next to the entrance. If you don’t have much time to see the city and central location is therefore very important to you, look no further.
Unfortunately, the only really good thing about our stay in Russia was the National. It was the only place where we felt good and welcome. I’m sure that in case we visit Moscow again, we will stay here again.
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