Moscow, the capital city of the Russian Federation, is home to iconic architecture, a vibrant arts and culture scene, lush pockets of nature, and lots of extravagant public spaces. The city’s sheer size and colorful history might have given it a bit of an intimidating reputation, but there is much more to the Russian Capital than its tumultuous past. The recent tourism boom has reinvigorated the city’s cheerful side, making it an ideal place for a well-deserved time out.
When you’re searching for the best hotel in this bustling city, location is top priority. You want to be within walking distance from the (many) tourist attractions, shopping haunts, and restaurants. Bonus points if one (or several) metro stations are also within reach. Enter: The Four Seasons Hotel. Situated between the Kremlin and the State Duma, this imposing structure occupies one of the most enviable addresses in all of Moscow.
A Tale of Two Façades
The Four Seasons Hotel is a modern replica of the infamous Soviet-era Hotel Moskva. According to urban legend, in the 1930s, architect Alexei Shchusev submitted two design options for the 15-story hotel. The Soviet leader Joseph Stalin put his signature in the middle of the page, making it unclear which design he approved. Rather than questioning the leader, or pointing out that he misunderstood, the architect played it safe and decided to build both. The distinctive façade — classical columns flanked by two “mismatched” wings — became a long fixture on the Moscow skyline. In 2003, Hotel Moskva was demolished, but Four Seasons reconstructed the original exterior, and reopened the property in 2014.
Location, Location Location
The Four Seasons Moscow’s coveted location makes it the ideal base from which to explore the major tourist attractions of the city. The Red Square, the State Duma, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and the Bolshoi Theatre are right on its doorstep. A variety of restaurants, cafés, as well as GUM and TSUM department stores, are also less than five minutes away on foot.
Feeling adventurous? Log off your Uber and hop on one of world’s busiest underground railway systems, the Moscow Metro. Less than a minute’s walk from the hotel’s entrance is the Okhotny Ryad station, which also connects to a couple of other key stations within the city center, namely Ploschad Revolyutsii and Teatralnaya stations.
The exterior might be a remnant of the Stalin-era, but the interior is decidedly contemporary and very luxurious. Stepping into the hotel’s grand lobby is like entering a modern Russian fairytale, with its high ceilings, palatial marble corridors, and glittering chandeliers. The Four Seasons beautifully combined Russia’s past and present, with east-meets-west aesthetics and touches of Old-World glamour.
Among the largest guest rooms in all of Moscow, my Deluxe Room featured a sprawling king-sized bed, an elegant work desk, a Nespresso coffee machine, and a spacious marble bathroom filled with Bulgari toiletries. A palette of plum, beige, and gold provided a warm backdrop against the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the peaceful inner courtyard. Curling up into one of the sofas or soaking into the deep tub is the ultimate respite from the dizzying excitement from the city below.
The Four Seasons is one of the most-loved culinary hubs of the city’s elite. From elegant breakfasts at Bystro and refreshing drinks at the Moskovsky Bar, to sumptuous Italian feasts at Quadrum and classic Russian dishes at Silk Lounge, the guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options. Signature dishes to look out for are the Olivier salad and homemade beef pelmeni.
Don’t want to leave your bed? The extensive in-room dining service has got you covered, day or night.
The Four Seasons Moscow is home to one of the largest spas in Russia, the Amnis Spa. Offering a variety of indulgent massages and nourishing treatments, it is the perfect place to calm and unwind your body and mind.
If you’re craving seclusion and privacy, Amnis Spa also offers in-room experiences for guests, providing a new level of relaxation. Do try the Relaxing Bath with Lavender, a deeply-comforting soak formulated to heal the body and soothe the mind, perfect after a long flight or a tiring, busy day.
Child travelers will delight at the assortment of toys, books, and delicious treats that await them. A cozy teepee, colorful matryoshka dolls, adorable plushies, and decadent sweets are among the few special touches to make any child feel right at home. The hotel also provides child-sized bathrobes and slippers, baby-safe toiletries, and a special kids menu. The lovely and cheerful staff are very accommodating to children of all ages, and are always willing to recommend age-appropriate activities and restaurants.
Very few hotels in the world are a destination unto themselves, but such is the case with Four Seasons Hotel, Moscow. The combination of its interesting history, enviable location, and excellent service simply cannot be beat.
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