The Intercontinental Tverskaya Hotel is a very nice, modern option on a convenient stretch of Tverskaya Blvd. It’s close to two metro stops, and there are a number of good stores and restaurants within an easy walk from the front door. The hotel itself is completely updated and, for an American traveler like myself, provides a list of many amenities that I’m used to from 4 and 5 star American business hotels. There’s high speed internet. There’s central air conditioning, controlled in the room. There’s a big bathroom with marble floors and a separate tub and a shower. There’s a nice flat screen TV on the wall and place to make tea or coffee in the room.
For the most part, these amenities deliver as expected. Though I was staying here on vacation, and not business...I would probably lean more toward staying here again in the future if I were in town on business.
First the good stuff. Aside from what’s mentioned above, the rooms come with nice beds and linens. The rooms are well lit, but also have great darkness shades for getting solid sleep. The rooms are quiet as well. You don’t hear any door slamming in the hallways and I never heard a sound from any adjacent room. For me, this helps in getting solid sleep while traveling.
In the bathroom the towels and selection of shampoos and lotions are very nice. It’s a high quality for a European style hotel. The TV service has a decent selection of non-Russian channels. There are at least 4-5 channels in each of several other languages (though an option of PPV movies is notably missing). They also provide a nice mirror in the bathroom for shaving and a quality hair dryer. If you like to work out, you’ll love the gym here and the spa services available in the hotel (though I didn’t buy those, so I can’t review them in specific). Seems like a very nice, new spa facility. Just didn't get any services there. The lobby is plenty spacious and comfortable for a business meeting as well.
In terms of convenience, there’s a Starbucks Coffee (for those who like it) on the same block (rare for Moscow), and in the building just to the North of the hotel there is a fantastic, gourmet supermarket (called “Bahetle”) on the basement level. Anything you could possibly need for your room you will find down there. You’ve also got plenty of restaurants within a block or two, so you can find food with no hassles. As for Red Square, it’s a nice, easy ten-minute walk South on Tverskaya (which runs right into Red Square). You’re also a block from a major subway station, so getting around town is easy too.
Now the few misses. And I just want to highlight a few of the things that might be important for another traveler to know when making a decision about this particular hotel.
While the bathrooms are beautiful and modern and great in almost every way for a Russian hotel, they made the funky design choice of using partially frosted glass to separate the bathroom from the rest of the room. Same with the toilet stall. So for those of you who are modest, you may not want to stay in this kind of room with another person. There’s basically no privacy. A person sitting on the bed can pretty much see and hear a person sitting on the toilet.
The standard room also is missing enough drawer space for a guest to empty their suitcases of basic clothing. There’s enough room in two closets to hang the clothes that need to be hung, but for everything else, there’s really just one small drawer on each of the bedside tables. These rooms could use one more piece of furniture for storage. But, there’s also not much room to store luggage out of the way either. So your otherwise spacious looking room will fill rather quickly if you have more than one large suitcase.
The hotel offers wireless internet for free. But what you probably need to know is that it’s a pretty slow and weak connection (at least it was in our room on the 5th floor), and they try to upsell you to a faster connection speed for about an additional $30 bucks a night. Problem is, the faster internet also seems to be weak in the rooms when you’re furthest from the front door. And the work desk in our room was the furthest thing from the front door. So it was a little frustrating to have to stand by the door of the room, with my laptop in my hand, to try to keep a strong signal for my downloading of files from the internet. When I spoke to someone at the front desk about it, they acted as if it’s the first they heard of a weak signal in the rooms. Hard to imagine…but maybe so. However, they were more than willing to move our room to see if it would fix the problem. And there’s not much more you can ask of a hotel than to do this. Unfortunately, we don’t like to move rooms once we get settled in at a hotel. Plus, experience tells me that there’s a good chance the internet issue wasn’t simply isolated to my original room.
And finally, I’m a traveler who likes to sleep in a relatively cold room. I chose this hotel, in large part, because I read about their central air conditioning that’s controlled in the rooms, and it’s a newer hotel. I figured their central air system would allow me to get the room as cold as I wanted it. However, it turned out that this AC service is probably no better here than at some of the older hotels in the area. The in-room setting allows you to go no cooler than an 18 decree Celsius (65 degrees Fahrenheit) mark. That actually would be fine, if the room really cooled to that temperature. But, on that setting and according the to the temp reading on my bedside travel clock, the room would get no cooler than 23 degrees Celsius (74 degrees Fahrenheit). With the outside temps here in July in Moscow at about 26 degrees Celsius (78 degrees Fahrenheit) during my stay, I was a little disappointed that the room couldn’t cool further. Not the end of the world, of course, but if you like to sleep in a cool room like me, and were thinking about booking this hotel in summer because of the AC service, perhaps look elsewhere.
Overall, the hotel is quite nice for Russia and a particularly good value in this price range for Moscow. I’d say it’s a pretty fitting place especially for a single business traveler to come to town for a few days of meetings, so long as they’re not concerned about the temps in the rooms. For one person, these standard rooms are plenty big. You won’t need to worry about the lack of privacy with the bathroom glass. And you can conduct meetings in the lobby, the lobby bar, or maybe even the restaurant (when, and if, it’s open for service beyond breakfast again). Really applaud the helpful, bilingual staff here and overall, enjoyed the stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Moscow's latest five-star hotel, located on the main street of the Russian capital, within easy reach of all important business and cultural venues in this exciting city. The hotel features 203 beautifully appointed rooms and suites that give give a distinctly residential feeling. Chekhonte restaurant serves food prepared to traditional Russian recipes, served in a new, modern presentation. P-Square Bar's motto is "Chocolate by Day, Martinis by night" and it is the perfect place for meeting friends or simply to hang out with good music and great drinks.InterContinental Spa will help you to relax and rejuvenate after a busy day in Moscow with brilliant treatments in an energizing atmosphere. ... more less
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