I liked this hotel a lot. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The location was great.
The inside of the hotel is a little cut-up, with some "historic" sections and some newer construction. The gym was pretty rudimentary, but adequate.
I enjoyed the bar/cafe areas off the lobby, but when I ordered a vodka martini I got a very strange drink - extremely heavy on the vermouth. I sent it back. The bartender came over to find out what the problem was and assured me that he had poured half vermouth and half vodka. I thought that was pretty funny. It is a Starwood hotel, I didn't expect a problem like that. But it was funny and he was trying to figure out what the problem was. I guess if you want a reasonably dry martini in Russia, you just order vodka.
It's not a five star hotel, but it is very nice and a very, very good value. It will be my first choice if I get a chance to return to Moscow.
General travel trip - get a chart that transliterates the Cyrillic alphabet. It would have been helpful in reading signs. For example, I was told to take the Sapsan train to St. Petersburg. But this is written sort of like "CancaH" on signs. If I had been more familiar with the alphabet getting around and ordering in restaurants would have been a little easier.
- 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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