My husband usually travels to Moscow for business without me. I tagged along this time which gave him the excuse to book a hotel in a different, more central part of the city. He also uses me as an excuse to stay in nicer hotels. Nicer doesn't even begin to describe the Savoy and the location cannot be rivaled. It is completely central to the metro, Bolshoy and Maly Theaters, Red Square, GUM Department Store, and the Kremlin museums.
We were greeted by warm, welcoming and bilingual staff from door to counter. The hotel remained spotless from floor to ceiling, despite the first fall of snow having already turned to gray road grime tracked in through the door, whereby it immediately disappeared.
Smallish elevators meant that your bags ride up separately from you with a bellman, only adding to the charm. The room was shockingly large for a 67 room hotel nestled in the center of the city. It was warm in all senses of the word. Understated shades of white and gold shone from the crown moldings to the drapes to the area rugs to the headboard to the grain of the parquet floors. With tall ceilings and delicate fixtures, the room was literally luminous.
The bathroom was enormous! Fresh hot towels on the warmer, a tub deep and large enough for even my husband (though I did have some trouble fixing the hand held to the wall/shower fixture at first). There were also many choices for a range of bright to unobtrusive lighting. We had read in other reviews that only one bath towel had been provided no matter what the patron did to request more. Assuming that would be the worst of it, we didn't even bother asking. However, we discovered after turn-down services occurred, the maid had left an entire second set of towels for us at no request.
Our booking included a complimentary breakfast buffet. The buffet was extensive with everything from traditional American (eggs, pancakes, hash browns) to Russian classics (blini, vegetables, meats), as well as a variety of fresh fruits and bakery items. Champagne was on hand if you were in the mood for that kind of breakfast, and coffee was poured by servers standing to the side at the ready to refill your mug. The dining room was grand, ornate ceilings, a fountain full of gold fish, and multiple openly connected rooms with more than enough seating to allow for plenty of space between patrons. Complimentary bottles of water are abound both at breakfast and in your room.
There is a fine looking lobby-bar which we didn't make use of, as well as an indoor swimming pool we never bothered to find. From the photos on their website, the pool looks modern and enticing. The over all decor of the hotel is aureate and lush. If it were anywhere else it would be bordering on gaudy with the semi-nude sculptures, occasional animal print and an abundance of gold fixtures and furniture accents in the lobby sitting room. Instead it is the pinnacle to Savoy's exuberant style.
If I were to dig down deep to criticize anything about this hotel, it would be that the house music was actually musak rather than traditional classical music. And really that is the absolute worst I could say.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Savoy hotel is a proper place for travelers who put at a high value service and comfort. It is a historical hotel located in the very heart of Moscow, within a walking distance from the major tourist attractions, the Kremlin, Red Square, the Bolshoi and Maly Theaters. Now it is one of the first designer hotels where the ambience of the old Moscow mansion goes well with all present-day services and comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Savoy Hotel Moscow
- Moscow Savoy Hotel