Michelle Obama, Britney Spears, Naomi Campbell
Reason to Stay
Rooftop Bar, Top City Hotel, City Views, Luxury Spa
There is one address that dominates all other hotels in the Russian capital and that’s the Ritz Carlton Moscow. A dazzling 11-story uber-luxury hotel at the edge of Red Square is arguably one of the best in the Ritz Carlton portfolio. Its entrance on Tverskaya Street leads inside a 2-story lobby with marble floors and columns etched in over 30-kg of real gold detailing. The ornate foyer misses the mark in décor, oversize sofa and club chairs in too-regal emblematic patterns, but makes up for it in the lobby bar with burl paneling and mix of tea and whiskey culture.<br /> <br />Two restaurants include Russian-minded Caviarterra offering local and Georgian cuisine as well as a Ginkgo-inspired eastern eatery by Japanese chef Seiji Kusano. Summertime offers the O2 Lounge that’s a rooftop lounge with evening nightclub that’s one of the toughest doors in Moscow. O2 features an outdoor sushi restaurant and weekend DJs in a rooftop beach club setting of white banquettes and Faberge-painted orb chairs. Morning rejuvenation comes via the ESPA, one of the best best designed spas in this part of Europe in a marriage of gold foil walls erupting in architectural fireplaces and reflection pools where nudity is a prerequisite even for billionaires. <br />
In Russia, even new money loves the old money look. Guest spaces are generous in their dimensions ranging from 600-sqaure feet to over 1,000-sqaure feet in larger suites. Rooms are old school Europe with flora-print upholstery and heavy drapery framing views of Seven Sisters and Red Square. Top-level rooms are often booked by oligarchs remodeling their local residences with super-model in tow best of which is the Ritz-Carlton Suite with living room with grand piano for private performances hired-out from the Moscow Symphony that’s even hosted the Obama’s. An upper-level Club Room offers guests of a certain room category privileges into the all-day lounge with rotating appetizers and complimentary wine that could save a bundle given the restaurant prices in Moscow.
City Views, Hip Clientele, Nightclub, Sushi Restaurant
Rooftop Bar, Pool, Spa, Lounge, Bar, Restaurant, Cafe