We choose this place because of its location and rich history. And both were the right reasons to choose this place. We had a room with Kremlin view (a must for this hotel). The room was spacious, the beds comfortable and the bathroom small, but a very good standard (clean, etc.). We arrived late night or early morning (3am) and everything from check-in to the presentation of the room was of outstanding standard (or to put it the other way, just as you would expect it from a hotel this category).
We used the pool, sauna and fitness facilities, which are a great add on for a city hotel after sightseeing the Kremlin etc. The standard is good, nothing fancy - it does what it should do: provide you with the opportunity to swim, sweat and work out.
We opted for a room only rate (breakfast was extra at about 1800 Russian Ruble per person). It was a wise decision not to include the breakfast, as besides the view of the Krelmin from the breakfast room (which we had a better one from our hotel room), was nothing special. The service was good, although not everybody was able to understand our requests in english (i.e. decaf cappuccino - was something special obviously). The choice of food was as with any other international hotel chain. Don't get me wrong, the breakfast was excellent - there was just no "extra touch" to it. To let you know, there are plenty of breakfast opportunities around - maybe not that stylish, but there are options (i.e. Starbucks).
Finally the concierge (and we chatted with a few) were outgoing in their effort to make our stay remarkable. Basically just ask and they try to arrange it or direct you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1903 by famed Russian architect Alexander Ivanov, Hotel National has been an awe-inspiring historic landmark for more than a century. Located at the very heart of Moscow's historical, cultural and business center, the magnificent hotel opens spectacular vistas of the Kremlin and the Red Square.The historical grandeur and understated elegance of the property, together with the The Luxury Collection's signature services and state-of-the-art technology, makes Hotel National a favorite destination for sophisticated global explorers visiting Moscow. ... more less
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