What better way to symbolise the new Russia than building The Ritz-Carlton on the site where the grim Intourist Hotel used to be.
I loved the way the hotel combines the best of old Russian imperial grandeur with new Russia’s mod cons. My first experience of the hotel’s impeccable service was on arrival.
I was whisked up to the Club Lounge and offered a glass of champagne while I checked in. The views of the Kremlin and Red Square were so amazing it was hard to tear myself away to be taken to my room.
My “Club” room, decorated in traditional style with plenty of dark wood, was elegant and spacious. The bathroom with its heated marble floor was well designed. There are other benefits that come with this room such as free drinks and light meals in the Club Lounge.
The Sunday Brunch at The Caviarterra restaurant was delicious. I also had superb sushi at the O2 Lounge, the hotel’s ultra-modern stylish roof-top bar – one of Moscow’s hot spots.
After the city’s frenetic pace, the spa beckoned. This is some spa. Facilities include a good-sized swimming pool, a crystal steam room and a state-of-the-art fitness studio. The ESPA Energy Balancing Ritual with Volcanic Stones was wonderful. This massage completely revitalised me.
Daralyn Danns is a freelance journalist.
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