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Beyond colourful St. Basil’s Cathedral, Russia’s capital is not only its cultural hub but also the political centre: home to the Kremlin, Red Square, Lenin’s Mausoleum and numerous other extravagant architectural monuments. While visitor visas aren’t cheap, it’s certainly worth visiting Moscow for its historical significance alone – history buffs will relish in the tales hidden within the city’s walls. Explore Moscow’s turbulent history explained through these storied hotels.
For those who wish to immerse themselves in the Soviet era, the Sovietsky Historical Hotel is the place to stay. The hotel originates from 1952, when Stalin himself ordered a hotel to be added to the existing restaurant Yar. The restaurant was then renamed after the Hotel Sovietsky and served as an important meeting point for governmental and diplomatic circles. A 1998 renovation of the structure leaves behind an eerie mixture of Soviet-era propaganda and pre-revolutionary grandeur.
The Chenonceau Hotel emanates romance from its idyllic location near Patriarch Ponds. The public spaces of the hotel have been designed in the elaborate baroque style with crystal chandeliers and gold ornamentation, while paintings and flowers adorn the hallways. The nine rooms of this boutique hotel are each given a distinct character, some with extravagant rococo-esque furnishings and others with a more understated elegance. However the most stunning feature of this hotel is the exterior – which bears the splendour of a French country mansion.
Hotel Garden Ring recalls the design of a traditional Moscow mansion, which reflects the character of the surrounding neighbourhood. This five-star establishment is quaint and cosy, yet offers the elegant marble floors, charming chandeliers and spacious rooms of a larger hotel. A summer rooftop terrace allows guests to enjoy pleasant views out over the picturesque Moscow rooftops. Hotel Garden Ring is within a short distance from the All-Russian Exhibition Centre and the Olympic stadium.
This is an updated version of an article originally written by Ellen Von Weigand.