ROOM WITH A VIEW: The Presidential Suite is as luxe as it gets — crystal chandeliers, intricate carvings, four-poster king bed, dining room table for eight — and, at 774 square feet, it’s one of the biggest suites in Moscow. But the view of the city is even bigger.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: The famed Bolshoi Theatre is next door, and within walking distance you’ll discover Red Square, the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s tomb and TSUM and GUM, Moscow’s largest luxury department stores.
UNEXPECTED TREAT: Goodbye, plastic hotel-room coffeemakers; hello, swanky Illy Francis Francis espresso machines.
WHAT’S NEW: Makeovers for all 211 guest rooms and the lobby of this 9-year-old property will be complete by the end of the summer, with custom-designed furniture and blown-glass light fixtures, oak-and-mirror-lined bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling wood paneling.
SIGNATURE COCKTAIL: A Russian Standard Imperia vodka martini at the Conservatory Lounge and Bar on the 10th floor is a good place to start.