There’s nothing like arriving in an old battered red Lada at a five-star hotel to make an entrance. The remnant of Soviet times and its driver had been good enough to take my friend and me around Moscow that morning, but in front of the majestic Ritz-Carlton on the doorstep of Red Square, the car looked incongruous. However our initial embarrassment evaporated as soon as the polite and smiling staff welcomed us, as if we had stepped in straight from one of the hotel’s fleet of polished black cars.
The impeccable service matched the awe-inspiring interior of marble columns, gilded touches and opulent furnishing. Our Club Room was extremely spacious and comfortable, very classic and elegant — some might have faulted it for being a tad too conservative, but we didn’t.
We started our exploration of the hotel with the Club Lounge on the 11th floor. Here the exquisite food selection was replenished five times a day. But it was the view that had us gawping in amazement: the Ritz-Carlton’s summer terrace overlooks Red Square and the Kremlin.
The ESPA spa and fitness centre was similarly impressive, with gorgeous changing rooms and a stunning pool. As we enjoyed a late night soak in the Jacuzzi laughing at our rags to riches itinerary, we felt like overnight oligarchs.
Words by: Sonia Soltani
Location: Tverskaya Street 3, Moscow 125009, Russia.
Contact: T: 00 7 495 225 8888. www.ritzcarlton.com