A lounge to linger in: opulent — and an ideal spot to get a snapshot of Moscow life
The hotel opened in 2007 and manages to combine old imperial grandeur with the mod cons of new Russia.
Built on the site of the former Intourist Hotel, (where foreigners stayed during Soviet times) on the renowned Tverskaya Street, it has a superb location; within walking distance of Red Square, the Bolshoi Theatre and the trendy shops – handy, as taxis are incredibly expensive.
The property, managed by the American Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, has 334 guest rooms, enriched with dark red cherry wood and marble.
There are four restaurants. Ginkgo by Seiji specialises in Pan-Asian cuisine. The chic Caviarterra, the Russian restaurant, has a Sunday brunch which is popular with the locals.
There are approximately 60 dishes of Russian, Asian and European cuisine including some permitted fish. Do leave room for dessert. The cheesecake is divine.
The O2 Lounge – a stylish roof-top bar – is one of Moscow's hot spots.
The spectacular views over the Kremlin and Red Square draw in locals and tourists.
Linger over a coffee in the Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lobby Lounge and enjoy a snapshot of Moscow life.
Spa facilities include a good-sized swimming pool, a crystal steam room, a state-of-the-art fitness studio and a range of treatments, including the ESPA Energy Balancing Ritual with Volcanic Stones.
Rates: 18,000 RUB (approx £375)
TEL: 7 495 225 8888