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Peking Hotel
Ranked #74 of 311 Hotels in Moscow
Southern Finland, Finland
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“A good place to stay”
Reviewed May 12, 2012

Hotel

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.

Room

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.

Service

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.

Tips

- 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!

Room Tip: - If you are seeking for a fresh and silent room, do ask a non-smoking room with a garden view...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

The location isn't far from Red Square (2 stops away on metro). However, our room was in bad need of a remodel and it was very musty and smelled smokey. The mattress was the worst I've ever seen in a hotel. It was so dented and lumpy I felt like I was sleeping on moon craters. The front desk personnel were very friendly. Going back to Moscow soon, I think we'll try a different hotel.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

The location was the best thing about this hotel, the security staff were not very pleasant and almost threatening. The reception staff were pretty helpful and spoke good English. The worst thing was the smell of cigarette smoke in the hallways. Room pretty old soviet style. The restaurant next door where you could have breakfast, radio city is appauling the silly girls that work there interrogate you just for going in for a drink, insist on an entrance fee, which we didn't pay and god knows who it's run by in the evening? Plays awful 80's music and live bands that can't sing for toffee!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 23, 2012

Stay at this hotel quite often - only because of its location (and my company preference)

Three main impressions:
- awfully stinky (cigarettes and old carpets)
- tiny TVs
- doors to the bathroom that do not want to open and let you out

Main advantage - location. Close to theatres and city center.

Price is too high.
Not recommended for those who do not smoke.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

I have spent 3 nights in Peking, in January 2012. The hotel is quite average with the sort of old Soviet charm. As there was pretty cold in January (even -30 C in the early evenings) after reading some reviews on TripAdvisor on lack of the heating in the rooms I have specifically asked the hotel few days prior to the arrival to provide some additional heater to my room, just in case. They have never replied to my mail - but at the check in nice lady informed me that the heater was already supplied to the room. And this saved my life as it was extremely cold in the room. The central heating was working but as the room was around 5m high and windows were at least 3,5m high - with almost no insulation - it was simply cold from the outside. So the additional heater was indeed important. However my colleague got a room on the higher floor, which was refurbished, and his room was simply warm. Just as it should have been.
Good things about the hotel:
Location - very central location, just next to Tverska street and metro station. No more than 30 minutes walk to the Red Square and Kremlin
No noise - I have asked for the room not facing the street and the room was really quiet. Also no noise from the other rooms and from the corridor despite the fact that hotel was fully booked.
Rooms - standard room, probably due to its height, looks surprisingly large and as for the short business trip is quite comfortable.
Bad things
Reception - initially I had a lot of good feelings due to the heater' issue. But I was not woken up (despite the fact that I have requested the wake up call obviously) on the day of my leave what could really cause a problem if I would be alone there. Moreover reception accepted a wake up call request from one my colleagues even though there was no telephone in his room (he somehow did not notice this as well !)
Breakfast - very poor breakfast and no real alternative in the neighbourhood.

Overall rather average hotel. I don't think I would ever come back to Peking.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
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Property: Peking Hotel
Address: Ul. Bolshaya Sadovaya d. 5, Moscow 123001, Russia
Location: Russia > Central Russia > Moscow > Presnensky
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#27 Spa Hotel in Moscow
#62 Luxury Hotel in Moscow
#74 Business Hotel in Moscow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Peking Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 150
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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