Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.


Ararat Park Hyatt

Ideally located adjacent to the Bolshoi Theatre in central Moscow, this timeless, residential-style hotel is contemporary, lavish and supremely luxurious. The Ararat Park Hyatt’s elegant neo-classical façade conceals a contemporary modern interior, filled with 216 palatial rooms, a pampering spa, lavish mosaic pool and tenth floor glass-encased penthouse bar.

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 View Map ... 4 Neglinnaya Street, Moscow, Russia
Golden Apple Hotel

Golden Apple introduced the concept of boutique hotel to Moscow and mastered the model immediately. Located just off Pushkinskaya Square, the position is central without being too close to the chaotic Red Square. The rooms are modern, minimalist and slightly quirky. The hotel staff are extremely helpful which is essential in a city which can be foreign to even the most seasoned travellers. Breakfast is served in the chic restaurant area, and the lobby bar is worth stopping in at for a quality cocktail.

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 View Map ... 11 Malaya Dmitrovka, Moscow, Russia

Empty the piggybank and splurge on decadence and luxury at the Ritz-Carlton, perfectly positioned adjacent to the Red Square on the famed Tverskaya Street. Musicians play in the marble-floored lobby and chandeliers glisten in this world of opulence. Guests are treated to unlimited champagne at the lavish 11th floor Club Level and relaxing treatments at the ESPA spa, the biggest spa in Russia. If it all sounds too old-school, head to the groovy rooftop O2 DJ bar, recline on a futuristic Fabergé egg-chair and let the vodka sommelier look after you. In a city where money can buy almost anything, the view from the rooftop is priceless.

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 View Map ... 3 Tverskaya Ulitsa, Red Square, Moscow, Russia

One of the most historic hotels in Moscow, the renovated Savoy combines luxury and comfort with grand elegant style. Located in the central Moscow hub, the Savoy is a magnet for international celebs. The dining room, where breakfast is served, is particularly romantic and the hotel rooms and suites are tastefully opulent.

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 View Map ... 3 Rozhdestvenka Street, Moscow, Russia

what we think

Luxury, glamour, extravagance. Once upon a time it was hard to believe these words might be used to freely describe Moscow. But, designer labels and expensive tastes are now as much a part of Moscow as the breathtaking architecture of the Red Square. Vodka will certainly keep you warm in the freezing winter (even early in the morning as it is often cheaper than water! UNION ALL SELECT and you’ll enjoy the black caviar all year round. The bars, restaurants and nightclubs are expensive, catering for the Moscovites who have more money than they can spend. You may not be able to afford to live in this city, but for a short break, the hedonist will certainly indulge.