Hotel is situated in one of 7 Stalin's teeth = Stalin's 40-50's sky scrapers just ~ 100 m walk away from the metro station Mayakovskaya and 2 stops away from Teatralnaya metro Station (next to Read Sq and Gum). Around the hotel there are shops, restaurants, theatre etc. Entrance hall was fine with reception, luggage safe, ATMs, business centre and straight accesses to a nice cafe and Radio City restaurant/Sport Bar. Lifts were rather small and a bit old-fashioned (in between floors you needed to press the "floor" button again to get moving again) but otherwise lifts were as in any hotel around the world.
My husband and I booked a room via Booking.com and the price was ok - ca 110 €/night. We travelled to Moscow in the end of April 2012 and experienced a historic weather (for 130 yrs) of sun and almost 30 centigrades of warmth in one day. Our non-smoking double deluxe room on 7th floor viewed to a back garden. It was non-stinky, silent, decent sized, tidy, comfy and adequately equipped (wifi, a comfy bed with a lux pillows, mini bar, wardrobe, safe, 2 desks, 23" TV, A/C and heater). A bathroom was refurbished (euro-styled), clean and had a hair dryer. A room was decorated old-fashioned way but I wouldn't say our room was dated. We've experienced more dated rooms in the UK.
Staff at the reception was helpful, knew English (naturally), gave us tips where to find places where we wanted to go, organised tickets to opera, booked us inexpensive taxi drives etc. Sometimes other staff (guards, door man) might have been a bit abrupt, but I think it was because they didn't know English. Every time I tried to talk a bit Russian even they seemed to be more polite. In the hotel foyer there were several ATMs (next to the reception and in the foyer of Radio City Restaurant), and if one of them was out of work, another worked perfectly. A Hotel breakfast was served Radio City Restaurant/Sports Bar until 11 am. (!) And we think it was plentiful. There were tea/coffee, juices, toast, porridge, yoghurt, steamed/fried weges, omelette, bacon, cheeses, cold cuts, salads, fresh weges... We also visited the Spa on the 3rd floor. We had Finnish sauna, Turkish Hamam, Thai massage and foot massage there.
- If you are seeking for a fresh and silent room, do ask a non-smoking room with a garden view.
- The visit in the Spa Podnebesnaya on the 3rd floor in the end of journey was great. Especially foot massage after many days walking from sightseeing to another. Reception will help you to book an appointment there if needed.
- If you want see grand metro stations, choose Red and Brown lines at least. Chandeliers, statues, marble (?) / good looking stones, decoration can be photographed...
- Best steak ever in the whole world we tasted at Chicago Prime Steakhouse. Do try the Prime Rib on Sunday! So worth of every penny!!! (American, Strastnoy Blvd., 8a - metro stations: Chehovskaya, Pushkinskaya, Tverskaya - http://www.chicagoprime.ru/)
-For a lunch or early dinner, Thchaykoysky cafe in the metro station Mayakovskaya building next to the hotel is a good choice. Nice atmosphere, cosy interior, view over Teatralnaya Street, tasty simple meals (fresh weges, good meat) and fairly priced but service ok, progressing.
- Other good restaurants are Shinok (Ukrainian - very good but pricey too, 1905 Goda ulitsa 2), Na Melnitshe (= At the Mill, Russian - basic food, less pricey, Sadovaya Spasskaya 24 - close to metro station, http://www.namelnitse.ru/en/about.php)
- Keep open-minded and try to say some phrases in Russian - you'll get better service!
We will return Moscow and most likely to Peking hotel again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- After more than half a century, the Peking has not changed. High-rise building with multi-reliefs above the entrance is decorated with a clock tower and spire created 50 years ago. The hotel Peking is known for its location in the heart of the capital, on the Triumphal Square. It is situated near to a striking monument to Vladimir Mayakovsky, and one of the oldest cinemas in Moscow Khanzhonkov House. Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Museum of Musical Culture named after Glinka, Theater of Satire and Mossovet Theater, which are located across the street, side by side near the famous hotel, and Patriarch Ponds. Currently, the hotel and office complex Peking includes more than 144 rooms of different ranks, a meeting room. On campus there is an SPA-center, and a beauty salon, several restaurants and cafes. The room renovation began in 2000 and completed in phases by 2010, however, the hotel is improving its conditions constantly. The hotel management put all their efforts to provide maximum comfort and high quality service to their visitors. ... more less
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