Crowne Plaza Minsk
Dark wood veneer, back-in-the-USSR wallpaper, leather chairs and faux-marble bathrooms give the Crown Plaza an old-school atmosphere. Suites add crimson carpets, gilt-edged mirrors and jacuzzi-style baths. The stucco ceiling, chandeliers or backlit stained-glass panels in the choice of restaurants have a Stalin-era, Moscow-metro vibe, while the pervasive smell of smoke, pool and gym, chrome-and-neon nightclub and on-site casino feel more like the crazy ’90s. It’s within proximity of the central station and Karl Marx Street, a fun mix of craft-beer pubs, trendy coffee shops and the Belarusian National History and Culture Museum.