Considered by some to be the most luxurious and elegant of Moscow’s hotels, the National is certainly the most beautiful. Built in 1903 and now restored to its pre-revolutionary glory, when it was Moscow’s finest hotel, its eclectic mix of classical elements and style-moderne clearly distinguishes it from its competitors. Lenin lived for a time in one of the suites and it has since hosted many famous (and slightly more bourgeois) names.
rnThe rooms with their hardwood floors and rugs are clean and, though a little on the small side, they do possess a turn-of-the-century elegance. The more expensive rooms, decorated in fine furnishings, have museum-quality antiques and rugs.
rnThe restaurant, Moskovsky, offers excellent Russian and European cuisine with impeccable service, and has been voted Moscow’s finest restaurant. Sunday brunch, served between noon and 5pm, is a particular favourite.
rnSituated at the bottom of Tverskaya, near the glowering State Duma where Parliament sits, the National offers great views of the Kremlin and is perfectly located a block from the Bolshoi with some of Moscow’s hottest restaurants and bars to choose from nearby. A genteel and nostalgic atmosphere pervades this wonderful hotel, and as a guest you will be staying in a national landmark.