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“Nostalgia socialism...”
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President Hotel
Ranked #110 of 328 Hotels in Moscow
Reviewed 10 November 2010

Perfect location.... but that's it if you don't have nostalgia for socialism times.
Security gate to get at the territory of the hotel, if you have driver to pick you up - forget it, he can't come to hotel door through this gate, unless explicit security procedure will be done. Much easier, just go out - it's only about 100 meters... not really far, even if it's moscow cold and heavy suitcases.

Rooms are very big, but all the furniture is quite old, same as bathroom. Therefore good food for breakfeast!

  • Stayed: October 2010
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Reviewed 9 October 2010

"Hotel President" - a relic of Soviet times: the dusty crystal chandeliers, wood paneling, cabinets that do not close, nasty green plumbing made in Yugoslavia in1983 when taking the hotel into operation. Аntique safe, a refrigerator, "Saratov", which is not working, smelly carpets, hair in a Greek salad, ordered in room service, spots on the carpet in the hallways, the inconvenience to enter the territory through the check-point with a tourniquet which does not go through with suitcase, book a taxi to the territory is not allowed, we have to go to Yakimanka street under the rain, a lot of somber security and persons of Caucasian nationality in the bar "Aurora" in the evenings. Benefits: center location, friendly girls on the reception desk, unobtrusive maids, clean and fast . Generally, the hotel came from USSR times.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled on business
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2  Thank AndronVon
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Reviewed 20 October 2009

Don't stay here if you can avoid it. This hotel is run by the Russian government and it shows: from dated, stuffy interiors to the worst and unfriendliest service i've ever experienced.
Be very clear and repeat 3 times to which airport you like to go when booking a transfer with concierge: they took me to the wrong one and i missed my flight.
Absolutely terrible place. Will stay in Alrosa when i go back to Moscow tmw and hopefully have a better experience.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled on business
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1  Thank alicia23
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Reviewed 1 October 2009

- Good value for money
Although the furniture is very outdated, I liked staying in this hotel very much. Location is good, just 25 walking from the Kremlin. Moscow hotels are very expensive so this is a good choice for the money you spend.

Do not go here if you insist on EU/US modern style hotel chains like Marriott, Hyatt -> then you might be disappointed.

Security is top. This Tuesday (Sept 29), Vladimir Poetin was in this hotel to speak at the "Russia Callin" Investment forum, which was taking place on the second floor. Because of Poetin's visit (I am not sure whether he stayed overnight), security was extra stringent.

On Monday, I was having my 30th Birthday and the hotel surprised me with a bottle of wine/fruit plate and birhtday card. I thought that was very nice.

Restaurant on the 14th floor is very good with amazing views over Moscow. The Aurora bar is OK and as a woman you can solo-dinner there (I mean it does not feel strange).

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 July 2008

To start with, it is reasonably central, a walk to Kremlin is about 20 mins. The views on the river side are very nice (a nice church just in front, then the river, Chist the Savior cathedral, two of Stalin's 'seven sisters' and distant glimpse of Moskva-city towers; and the infamous Peter I, but that's also fun for a short time).

It's huge, reminding of American business hotels in size and lack of character. Plenty of meeting rooms, so always a convention or two going on.

Breakfast buffet was really amazing, one of the best I've ever seen. Also, the service I can't complain about, low-key but reasonably effecient.

Room quality is very variable. Mine was large, with good amenities, stylish furniture, large bay windows, clean and fresh (well, mostly). A friend was staying literally next door, his was an old Soviet shack, about quarter the size of mine. It was not terrible, but certainly not even 3-star (mine I would still rate 5).

No obvious facilites of a 5-star hotel, like gym, swimming etc.

Security is indeed a bit special. It appears that Russian officials are frequently staying or attending meetings, so you have to go through a checkpoint. The annoying thing is that there is just one checkpoint, the other gates from the hotel grounds are simply locked.

To put it bluntly: it's fine as long as someone else is footing the bill. But the rack rate is certainly not right for what you get.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 26 June 2008

Throwback to cold war, communist Russia and all of the dark, wood, old-fashioned furniture, ingrained tobacco smells, austere staff and soviet establishment you could possibly anticipate in this day and age.

Frequented by government officials and their guests, the hotel was focused on security and efficiency at the complete expense of any sense of service.

A few specifics:
* Taxis booked through the hotel were over-priced by 50%.
* There was an 'avocado' bathroom suite with purple and green flowers on the tiles.
* 2 single beds, not a double.
* Stunk of smoke, and when we called reception to get a non-smoking room we were told there weren't any.
* Have to sit on the floor to use the internet cable.
* 2 english language channels - Al Jazeera (English service) and Fashion TV
* Water bottles only on the first day.

On the bright side, the 14th floor restaurant had excellent food and service with a great view of the Moscow skyline.

Recommended only to those who want to know what it felt like to be in Russia in the 80's.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 March 2008

Upon arrival I felt as though I had entered back into the cold war. The hotel is big, impersonal and old.
I arrived around 12noon to find out that there was no reservation made in my name, since I was there for a conference I had received a corporate rate which is about 1/2 of the regular rate. The receptionist asked me how did I manage to enter the premisses without a reservation. Later I questioned that as to"What should I do?" Should I just wait by the curb with 2 suitcases after a 12 hour flight?
They told me that they did have a room available and that I could have it for nearly $700.00USD per night. I was staying 5 nights. I told her I couldn't afford that, and she suggested that I go to the room and connect to the internet ($30.00 USD for each 50kb of use), I accepted and she held my passport and a copy of my credicard as security. I asked about using the phone and it cost $6.00 USD per minute to call Germany. The room was old, spring matresses very old, parkaid floors from 30 or 40 years ago throughout the Hotel, tiles in the bathroom were falling off and old. Lighting was very poor in the bathroom and you couldn't see properly to shave and there was no light in the shower (very dark). The next day I logged on to kayak.com and found a brand new holliday inn near the red metro line, very nice and clean... I moved from that hotel.
I would only recommend the President Hotel for people with no children and that are interested in having a feeling of what it would be like to be in russia during the 2 world war. Extremely overpriced!!!

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled on business
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Address: Bolshaya Yakimanka St., 24, Moscow 119134, Russia
Region: Russia > Central Russia > Moscow > Yakimanka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#76 Luxury Hotel in Moscow
Price Range: $118 - $249 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — President Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 210
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