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Since the early 18th century No. 3 Tverskaya Street has been a hotel - the state run ‘Intourist’ was here during the Soviet era - but it was only in 2007 that the Ritz-Carlton opened its doors, becoming the first of the Western luxury hotel giants to stake a claim to the city. The original, and for many still the best, the Ritz Carlton boasts not only one of the city’s most sought after addresses - Red Square is practically its back garden - but also some of its most stylish accommodations.
The 330 rooms and suites certainly reflect the style and luxury of modern Moscow; Siberian marble bathrooms, plasma televisions and bedside touchscreen control panels are partnered with traditional embroidered fabrics. Guests staying on the Club floor have round-the-clock access to a dining room with an array of food that would put an Oligarch's table to shame and a concierge team who can open even the most firmly locked doors.
The panoramic views of the Kremlin and Red Square from the O2 Bar have helped cement it as the destination of choice for Moscow's notoriously fickle elite; the domed glass ceiling, roster of international guest DJ's and sushi flown in daily from Tokyo's fish markets certainly don't hurt either. For those looking for a more traditional dining experience, Café Russe serves authentic dishes that show there is much more to Russian cuisine than borscht and blinis.
The ESPA Spa offers a wide range of treatments and some of the most opulent facilities in the world; ice fountains, crystal steam rooms and hot rooms help guests unwind from their stresses and extravagances.
One word of advice - serving as central Moscow's main artery, Tverskaya does tend to resemble a gridlocked motorway at times and so rooms at the back of the hotel offer a respite from the mismatched parade of convertibles and coughing Ladas.
The view of the Kremlin and Red Square from the rooftop bar is pretty spectacular, as is the people watching in the bar itself.
Harriet, Original Traveller