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For many travelers, Russia is a vast land full of history, mystery, and intrigue. This is a wonderful place to explore palaces, cathedrals, architecture, ballet, museums, festivals, and the natural beauty of the outdoors. Russia’s industry for high-end accommodations has been booming in recent years. Not surprisingly, many of these hotels are concentrated in Moscow, a city that’s home to the highest concentration of billionaires in the world! However, some other Russian cities know how to pamper hotel guests just as well. So as you plan your adventure to this part of the world, consider some of these top luxury hotels and resorts in Russia.
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You’ll know you’ve arrived at the Radisson Collection Hotel, Moscow when you see Ferraris taking up all the space in the parking lot and fancy toilet paper in all the bathrooms! One of the best hotels in Moscow, it’s been voted the world’s leading business luxury hotel, standing 34 stories tall with a red star on top of the building. This hotel has a very old world Russian vibe to it that’s majestic and well, royal, like the name suggests. It used to be known as Hotel Ukraina, which was commissioned by Joseph Stalin and was the tallest hotel in the world at the time it was built. You’ll find over 500 rooms here, a couple dozen apartments, several restaurants, and about 1,200 original paintings from Russian artists.
A stay at the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski is to experience Russian luxury at its finest. Princess Michael of Kent and David Linley designed the Princess and Linley suites, and the on-site Restaurant Baltschug Grill serves an amazing breakfast. You can take a yoga class at the spa or book a relaxing massage to feel like royalty yourself. This hotel offers fantastic views of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, and the Moskva River. There are 227 rooms here and 36 suites, as well as 12 meeting rooms that overlook the Red Square. Some of Moscow’s top attractions are nearby, including art galleries, museums, theatres, and shopping centers.
The Four Seasons in Moscow is another top luxury hotel to consider booking during your trip to Russia. This is a great place to stay if you want to be near lots of things to see and do, since it’s in walking distance from the Red Square, the Kremlin, and the State Duma. It’s modeled after the historic 1935 Hotel Moskva and located in the heart of the historic district today. There are luxury rooms and suites here, as well as multiple restaurants, a spa, meeting spaces, and fitness facilities. The Bolshoi Theatre, the GUM shopping complex, the Maly Theatre, and the Okhotny Ryad metro station are nearby as well.
Head to the outskirts of Moscow to stay at the stylish Barvikha Hotel and Spa with its sleek Italian design. Luxurious accommodations include a steam cabin, massage tables, fireplaces, heated mud cabins and hydrotherapy treatments in the spa. This hotel has quickly jumped to the top of prestigious hotel rankings with its lavish guest rooms with large terraces, which are designed with natural materials and warm interior colors. This is a great place to stay for foodies because it’s known for its breakfast buffet, brunch, seasonal ingredients, and wine masterclasses.
The Corinthia Hotel was once called the Nevskij Palace Hotel but was reopened in 2009 to renovate the historic 19th-century building. There’s a small museum inside that pays tribute to the Samoilov family that lived here two centuries ago. When you want to get pampered, the Crystal Spa and Lounge offers facials, massages, and hair treatments. Some of St. Petersburg’s top attractions are nearby, including many many of the cultural, art, and economic sites.
With luxurious rooms at 39 Bolshaya Morskaya, St. Petersburg’s Hotel Astoria is full of history in every detail. It’s been a landmark in the city since 1912 and has hosted famous artists like Isadora Duncan, Mikhail Bulgakov, and Sergei Yesenin. It’s located near St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Mariinsky Theatre, and the Hermitage, and the Peter the Great statue. Enjoy French-Russian cuisine at the Astoria Café onsite and sample Beluga caviar, ice-cold vodka, traditional blinis, and afternoon tea. This hotel was once ranked the best hotel in northern Europe in Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards.
Also in St. Petersburg, the Alexander House Boutique is in an early 19th-century building that overlooks the Kryukov Canal. There are chic rooms and a restaurant on site, as well as a library and courtyard garden. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is open 24 hours. It’s conveniently located near the Kirov Ballet, the Mariinsky Theatre, and the St. Nicolas and Troitsky Cathedrals. Each room here is uniquely designed, named after a world city, and offers beautiful views of the city.
One of the best places to stay in Sochi, the former site of the Olympic Winter Games, is the Rodina Grand Hotel & Spa. Located at Vinogradnaya Str, 33 in Sochi, this is a Russian resort destination surrounded by a 40-acre park near the Black Sea. The hotel was built during the Stalin era, and it has one of the largest spa centers in Russia. Every guest room here faces the Black Sea and has a terrace to enjoy the view. The Black Sea Beach Club serves fresh seafood and grilled dishes. In recent years it has won awards for being “One of the Best Russian Resorts,” “Russia’s Leading Hotel,” and “The Best Russian 5 Star Resort.”
To truly experience the beauty of the Black Sea Coast from southwestern Russia, consider a stay at the Kempinski Grand Hotel on the Gelendzhik Bay. This hotel has lavish rooms, suites, and rooms and suites in bungalows, as well as its own private beach. Meet your friends in the Lobby Bar Atrium or dine on healthy cuisine at Fito Bar at Kempinski The Spa. Families can enjoy the all-day dining Riviera restaurant, while couples can have an intimate dinner at the panoramic Fusion restaurant. During summer there is outdoor dining at the Pool Bar. Dolphin shows, historical tours, and wine sampling are popular activities in the Gelendzhik area.