From the get-go, the staff were generally helpful, very patient and polite - important for a westerner trying to navigate the intricacies of Russian Travel arrangements.
The "Standard Room" I was allocated was not large, but certainly adequate and it was tidy and well equipped. As witth nycbornuk, I had a problem with the Air Conditioning not working, and rather frustratingly this required escalation to Management to get fixed. Once resolved though, the room was very comfortable. It had a great view out over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (one of the "Stalin Skyscrapers") and the Catherdral of Christ the Saviour. I think I was booked in on a corporate rate which for Moscow Prices was very reasonable (just under GBP200/Night tops including Tax and Breakfast).
The Breakfast Buffet offered a wide choice of hot and cold options, and the harper playing in the background gives at a good Unique Seling Proposition, but I would probably not have gone for it were it not included in the price - normally it's around GBP26. I didn't dine in the Hotel as there are plenty of other options nearby on Arbat St, but the Russian Hunt Restaurant Menu did look very enticing and there are a couple of other Restaurants in the Hotel.
The only other niggle was that a number of the facilities (the Souvenir Shop, Business Centre amongst others) had signs up saying that they were closed for 10 minutes "for technical reasons"
when in fact they were not open at all for long periods during their advertised opening hours.
So - not a perfect stay, but with all problems resolved (eventually), a comfortable room at what by local standards is a reasonable price, and a great location near Arbat and a couple of hundred yards from Smolenskaya Metro, I would have no problems about staying here again.
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