Oh dear! Where to start?
Firstly, this is absolutely NOT a 5 star hotel and whoever gave this hotel 5 stars has clearly not visited in the last 40 years!!
The hotel is extremely dated. The foyer area is nice but with a small check in desk, a waiting area and a bar with piano music in the evening. Note for those not used to smokers. Smoking is allowed pretty much anywhere in the building and you cannot get away from it.
All the corridors and entrance areas to the rooms are clad in a very dark wood, giving it a dark and dingy feel. The wardrobes in the room look like they haven't been aired in 40 years... I put my clothes in there overnight, took them out in the morning and they stank! Smelt musty and, well, old! They are now hanging In the doorway to the bedroom.
The bedroom is of a good and generous size, however, again, all the furnishings are dated and tired looking. If any of you are wondering what a television box looks like, take a trip to this hotel... No sign of the modern flat screens, not that it is a problem...no time to watch tv anyway! The curtains do not meet and do not cover the whole window, therefore you are left with large gaps, letting in the city lights at night and brilliant sunlight at the crack of dawn! Fortunately, it's not overlooked so there's no risk of being 'watched'!
The view is lovely, overlooking a park with a statue in dedication to soldiers.
The bed is extremely uncomfortable and the room generally very dusty. The air conditioning didn't work and the room was stifling. Had to sleep with the windows wide open because the room was so unbearably hot (and Moscow are only just coming out of winter...got three hours sleep on my first night because of this.
Bathroom needs a deep clean. Again, there is no air circulation so is very hot. "Beautiful" decoration of terracotta tiles. Showers leak so you can expect to be sloshing around in a mini paddling pool on the main floor of the bathroom! Note that walls are very thin and you can hear flushing of toilets surrounding you and also conversations and doors slamming in corridor (made worse by the echoey wooden hallways).
In terms of the conference facilities, Internet connection is very intermittent. The conference hall is mostly glass with tile floor which is impossible for acoustics when using the microphone and speakers...very hard to hear what is being said.
Food is standard and quantity is underestimated for large groups, there is a lot of waiting around. There are two restaurants and a bar area for food. Both restaurants were closed during my 4 night stay so I had to rely on the bar.
Just a word of warning: staff (and Russian people in general) speak very little English... Understandable, but can make communicating extremely difficult...sometimes they will run off when you're in the middle of trying to explain something and on rare occasions they will get someone else who can speak English. Otherwise, staff are friendly, especially my cleaning lady!
This is a 3 star hotel and is a good quality 3 star hotel. If it had been stated as 3 star, my comments may have been different.
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