The best places to stay in four price ranges: budget ($), moderate ($$), expensive ($$$), and luxury ($$$$)


Danilovskaya Hotel

Near the Danilovsky Monastery; 100 simple, unadorned rooms; views of gold-dome churches and flower-filled gardens; outside the city center, but easily accessible to the metro. Bolshoy Starodanilovsky Pereulok; tel. 7 495 954 0503.

Hotel Sverchkov

“Close—as in a stones-throw close—to some of the liveliest bars and pubs in the city.”—Alexey Aslanyants, editor, Afisha-Mir travel and lifestyle magazine. Eight guest rooms in a graceful 18th-century building; hidden away on a quiet lane near Chisty Prud. Sverchkov Pereulok 8; tel. 7 495 625 4978.


Akvarel (Watercolor)

Quaint and cozy, this boutique hotel offers personal attention and ultra-chic location. 22 guest rooms and one deluxe suite; tucked behind the designer boutiques and ritzy restaurants on Moscow’s most fashionable shopping street; spacious rooms, simple but sophisticated decor. Stoleshnikov Pereulok 12, building 3; tel. 7 495 502 9430.

Hotel Budapest

Housed in an elegant 19th-century neo-classical building; 116 shabby-chic guest rooms old-fashioned, frilly decor; price includes breakfast served in your room; steps from Moscow’s best shopping and dining. Petrovskie Linii 2/18; tel. 7 495 621 1060.

Oksana Hotel

In an otherwise lackluster part of Moscow, this classy hotel is an unexpected find; 63 guest rooms in a classical, six-story building; excellent, attentive service; north of center, easy access to the All-Russian Exhibition Centre and metro. Yaroslavskaya Ulitsa 15/2; tel. 7 495 980 6100.

Hotel Ozerkovskaya

A small but welcoming guesthouse overlooking the Vodootvodny canal; 25 guest rooms tucked under the mansard roof; handsome wood furniture and parquetry; near the Moscow International House of Music and Paveletsky station. Ozerkovskaya Naberezhnaya 50; tel. 7 495 777 1938.

Sovietsky Hotel

“A bizarre pink confection from the Stalin era, the building’s colossal aspects reflect the confident optimism of the USSR before the wheels fell off.”—Neil McGowan, hotel reviewer, Rooms range from standard twins to over-the-top ornate suites; sumptuous lobby graced with sweeping staircase; historic restaurant, Yar, with extravagant “Russian ball at YAR” and banquet-style fare. Leningradsky Prospect 32/2; tel. 7 495 960 2000.


Arbat Hotel

“An enviable location behind the Ghostbusters’ look-alike tower of the Foreign Ministry.”—Neil McGowan. 102 guest rooms and suites, steps from the Arbat; comfortable but characterless rooms cater mainly to official delegations and tour groups. Plotnikov Pereulok 12; tel. 7 495 755 8469.

Golden Apple

A few steps from Pushkin Square, in the heart of theater-land and a ten-minute walk from Red Square. 92 guest rooms and suites; minimalist, modern interior; classical edifice in fashionable shopping district. Ulitsa Malaya Dmitrovka 11; tel. 7 495 980 7000.

Hotel Metropol

One of Moscow’s finest examples of art nouveau architecture, its facade adorned with an elaborate mosaic modeled after a Mikhail Vrubel painting. 363 guest rooms, including 72 suites; excellent location opposite the Bolshoi Theater; small but stylish rooms; elaborate, wrought-iron elevator; onsite restaurant with an exquisite stained glass ceiling. Teatralnaya Proezd 1/4; tel. 7 499 501 7800.

Sretenskaya Hotel

An unassuming but inviting hotel with Russian folk theme; 38 guest rooms with high ceilings and traditional furniture; sun motif in the lobby and warm hues throughout; Russian restaurant and indoor winter garden; quiet location near some excellent restaurants. Ulitsa Sretenka 15; tel. 7 495 933 5544.


Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow

“Punctilious management, mostly hired from Austria, ensures the highest standards of service prevail.”—Neil McGowan. 216 rooms and suites; modern glass and marble facade; atrium style lobby; spacious, comfortable rooms with Italian marble bathrooms; panoramic views of the Bolshoi Theater from the top-floor Conservatory Lounge. Neglinnaya Ulitsa 4; tel. 7 495 783 1234.

Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy

“Style and sophistication of its own; nicest panoramic views of the city from the bar on the top floor.”—Neil McGowan. 233 rooms and suites; heated bathroom floors, huge bathrooms, flat-screen televisions; panorama rooms boast large windows with fabulous vistas; located near the Moscow International House of Music. Kosmodamianskaya Naberezhnaya 52/6; tel. 7 495 787 9800.

Ritz-Carlton, Moscow

The newest hotel on the block, this 334-room gem features views of Red Square and over-the-top amenities, including the glass-domed O2 Lounge where you can dip into a caviar sushi roll and have panoramic views of the city center, and a vodka sommelier who oversees 400 varieties. The large (452-square-feet/42-square-meter) guest rooms include high-tech extras such as flat-screen TVs and finger-touch panels for controlling the lights and curtains. Located adjacent to Red Square and the Kremlin on Moscow's main avenue, it’s within walking distance of Saint Basil's Cathedral, Christ the Savior Cathedral, Pushkin Museum for Arts, and luxury shopping malls GUM and TSUM. The hotel's Jeroboam restaurant is run by Three-Michelin Star chef Heinz Winkler. Tverskaya Street 3; Tel. 7 495 225 8888.


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