We were put up at the Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow –– formerly known as the Ukraine Hotel, interestingly –– by Viking Tours, for our optional two-day extension stay in Moscow prior to our river cruise up the Volga to St. Petersburg. It is definitely a very nice, impressively handsome and luxurious hotel. Our complaint is twofold: first, with the very inconvenient location on the outskirts of central Moscow, quite a way from all the sights one comes there to see; and second, with the incredibly high price one must pay for everything there.
First, with regard to location: to get anywhere, we had to learn how to take the Moscow Metro, which was a good 15 minute walk away from the hotel, and not really easy to find (or use). There simply was no other affordable way to get to central Moscow from the hotel.
Second, it cost a very, very great deal to stay at this hotel, and then it cost even more to enjoy any of its amenities. Granted, Moscow is now (incredibly) one of THE most expensive cities in the world. Prices for everything are beyond belief. But it would have been nice to have had some restaurant options in the hotel for dinner that did not charge hundreds of dollars for one appetizer, one main course, and two small glasses of wine (with no dessert) for two persons to share. Lacking that, it would have been nice if the hotel itself wasn't so far away from any other possible place to get a bite to eat! It would also have been nice to have been able to have some clothes laundered by the hotel without having to pay $100 for the privilege. It would also have been nice to have had a concierge service that did not tell us to take the Metro if we didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars to get anywhere. Fortunately, my wife and I enjoy walking and exploring on our own, and we quickly mastered the Moscow Metro system even though it did require us to learn to read station and directional signs in the Cyrillic alphabet. In sum, this is a very fine, indeed, a spectacularly amazing and luxurious hotel. But you will pay a very great deal of money to stay here. And at a sacrifice not only of much of your hard-earned money, but also of a location convenient to the sights of Moscow.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A gem among hotels in Russia, the Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow boasts landmark status in the heart of the capital city. This elegant Moscow hotel was built between 1953 and 1957 as part of Stalin's Seven Sisters project and showcases Soviet Neo-classicism architecture.Gaze over the Moskva River and Moscow skyline from the most breathtaking luxury hotel in town. The newly refurbished 497 guest rooms and 38 serviced apartments offer unrivalled comfort and pay homage to the historic nature of the building while featuring top of the range amenities. The convenient location of Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow on the Moskva River embankment and a small fleet of river yachts provide a unique opportunity to take excursion and entertainment boat trips right off the doorstep of the Hotel. The custom designed snow white restaurant yachts run regular two hour trips from the hotel along the most picturesque sights of the historical centre of Moscow ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Royal Moscow Hotel Moscow