Moscow is an emblem of Russian might and affluence. The Russian capital has become synonymous with wealth and luxury and this illustrious reputation is reflected in its high-end pursuits.
Moscow’s importance is palpable in its history defining monuments and moments throughout the centuries.
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History Defining Monuments & Extensive Cultural Scene
Moscow’s importance is palpable in its history defining monuments and moments throughout the centuries. Moscow has been the capital and seat of power of Russia and its predecessor nations on and off for over 500 years. The city has remained a constant in a long and complicated Russian history repelling multiple invasions in the middle ages consolidating Russian control over their most important territory.
At the centre of it all is the Moscow Kremlin, first constructed in 1156, that has stood as a symbol of Russian defiance since that early date. The site has been continuously inhabited since the second century BCE and is today the seat of the Russian government. As it has been rebuilt and added to on a few occasions there is an unusual collection of buildings within the walled Kremlin compound that makes it truly unique. Located within the historic walls of the Kremlin are five palaces and four cathedrals closely guarded by the overlooking Kremlin towers. This imposing masterpiece of architecture is a fitting tribute to Russia’s status as a world power. Located on the River Moskva, from which it gets its name, Moscow is recognized worldwide for its stunning array of architectural styles. One of the most beautiful examples of a subterranean transport system exists in Moscow as well as one of the most recognizable buildings globally in Saint Basil’s Cathedral.
Whether you are interested in art or fashion Moscow has an extensive cultural scene befitting an elite city. Finished in 1824 the Bolshoi Theatre is the world’s greatest tribute to the Performance Arts. The Bolshoi company is the largest in the world with over 200 hundred dancers renowned as the most professional troupe of its kind. The Bolshoi, as befits its status, has hosted some historic premieres including Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake amongst many others. The interior of the theater is an outstanding example of imperial décor only adding to the elegance of the performances.
The Tretyakov Gallery displays the finest examples of Russian art in the world. Based upon Pavel Tretyakov’s collection, which he donated to the state with the intention of founding a national museum of art, the gallery is exclusively for Russian pieces. The century old museum now houses over 130,000 exhibits that illustrate Russia’s long and outstanding contribution to the art world.
Moscow is Russia’s home of haute couture supplying the Muscovite elite with every global high fashion brand available. However, there are two department stores that rival any in the world. The GUM in Moscow is a monolithic structure built in the late 19th century that will supply even the most prolific of discerning shoppers with more high-end boutiques than thought possible. If the GUM does not satisfy your shopping demands then TSUM most certainly will. The largest fashion department store in Eastern Europe, this ultra chic shopping destination houses over 1000 brands of fashionable apparel.
Opulent and Extravagant
Opulent and extravagant, Moscow’s nightlife scene is brimming with exciting venues of world-class quality. The GQ Bar is one of Moscow’s premier destinations for nightlife. There is a restaurant in this cavernous club, part of the famed Novikov group. There are two balconies overlooking the dining area and an expert pianist provides music until a DJ takes over late at night.
The Russian and global elite flock to Kalina Bar for its breathtaking location on the 21st floor of the building Lotte Plaza. If the ride up to the nightclub/restaurant is not enough to excite you the interior of the venue certainly will. A 360-degree panoramic view of Moscow lends a unique feel to this trendy nightlife spot.
Ranked first among Moscow's Best Rooftop Terraces in 2010 by a reputed source, O2 Lounge offers breathtaking views of Red Square and the Kremlin, this is a place to see and be seen. A hot spot for celebrities around the world, the O2 Lounge bar and restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Moscow presents a fully renovated open terrace that has been turned into a summer garden with magnificent views. The new culinary concept by the Executive Chef Nicolas Courtois inspired by Parisian bistros and Côte d’Azur cafés is sure to delight.
Soho Rooms can lay claim to being the most exclusive and trendy of Moscow’s nightlife venues. With onyx and marble everywhere you look and crystal chandeliers lighting the club, this over the top venue exudes energy. Set over three floors and with a rooftop pool this stunning nightclub guarantees you a good time.
Unique Settings with Gourmet Food
Fine dining in Moscow combines unique settings with gourmet food to create a gastronomic scene set apart from the rest. Chef Christian Lorenzini shares his native Italian flavours at the elegant Buono Restaurant. Guests can enjoy the airy ambiance of the glass-roofed terrace as they savor fresh Italian fare in an intimate setting.
Café Gallery is the haunt of Russia’s billionaires. Extravagance is the norm in this fine dining institution that plays trendy music whilst you sip on elaborate cocktails or eat delicious fare. Café Gallery is so called due to the masterful works of art that can be found hanging on the wall whilst you dine next to some of Russia’s most famous faces.
Café Pushkin is the stuff of legends. Gilbert Becaud, the famous 20th century French singer, composed a song called “Natalie.” In this song he extolled his wish to sit in the Café Pushkin with his interpreter Natalie. This was not possible because the Café Pushkin did not exist at the time, but in 1999 A.K. Dellos opened the Café Pushkin so that all who have wished to dine there now can. Housed in a beautiful Barroco style mansion, this old world restaurant has a timeless feel of luxury and gourmet dining.
CDL Moscow is one of Moscow’s most elegant Russian fine dining options. Housed in an historic mansion that once served as the headquarters to the Freemasons and then the meeting place for the Soviet Writers’ Union, you will be served gourmet food in the most opulent of settings. Crystal chandeliers and fireplaces adorn this restaurant that will shock your senses.
Located in some of Moscow’s most cherished heritage buildings, luxury hotels in this dazzling city will blow you away. Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow is located in the very heart of the city, one of the best situated 5 star luxury hotels in Moscow. Just a few minutes’ walk from the iconic landmarks of the Kremlin, Red Square and Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the Moscow hotel is also within the immediate vicinity of the famous Bolshoi Theatre. Parliament House, the central business district and the luxury shopping malls TsUM and GUM for those seeking to enjoy the wonderful shopping in Moscow are all nearby. The personalized service and outstanding quality offered by this timeless, residential style luxury hotel, which caters to the discerning individual seeking privacy, luxury and elegance, distinguish Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow from other luxury hotels in Moscow.
Located in the heart of Moscow, the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow has an air of European timelessness and Russian spirit. In the late nineteenth century famous Russian artists like Kramskoi and Vasnetsov had their studios in this building; they painted views of the Kremlin, Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral. Today, the historic view is just as amazing, and our rooms and suites blend artistry with luxury modern amenities. While Moscow's main attractions are just minutes away the hotel's location in the relatively quiet Zamoskvorechye Moscow district provides an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the city center to a luxurious haven of peace and comfort.
Escape to one of Moscow's premier hotels and take a captivating journey to a place where legends and history surround you at every turn. The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow lies at the edge of the famed Red Square where you will immerse yourself in exceptional Moscow accommodation with gracious amenities and impeccable service. Featuring elegant Moscow suites, breathtaking hotel rooms and distinctive Club Level accommodations, The Ritz-Carlton is an unforgettable retreat just steps from this iconic square.