Moscow is a fascinating city.
Home to more than 12 million residents, the Russian capital is full of life and brimming with history.
It is also fast becoming one of Europe’s tourist hotspots, with hundreds of theatres and museums, world-class shopping and dining, and architectural delights at every turn.
As the largest city on the European continent, as well as one of the most northerly, Moscow also offers a number of truly spectacular hotels to choose from.
Here, we take a look at the 10 best 5-star hotels in Moscow, based on our own rating system, guest feedback, and editorial recommendations. We hope you enjoy!
InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya is a glitzy 5-star Moscow hotel located in the middle of Tverskaya, the main street of Moscow, 15 minutes walk from Red Square, Bolshoi Theatre, and city’s best shopping areas.
A commanding exterior, classy interiors and impeccable customer service make InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya one of Moscow’s most renowned hotels. Along with 203 beautiful rooms, the hotel houses a fine international restaurant, lobby bar, club lounge, 6 meeting rooms, and spa. The Ulanova Royal suite is the hotels crowning jewel, with its open-air terrace and elegant furnishings.
The ultra-luxurious Lotte Hotel Moscow opened in 2010 on Novinskiy Boulevard, in the very heart of Moscow. Offering prime location, wonderfully-appointed rooms and suites, and Michelin star cuisine, Lotte Hotel Moscow is one of the accomplished 5-star hotels in the city.
Lotte’s first European property, Lotte Hotel Moscow is pretty much flawless. Among its 300 sumptuous rooms and suites is the largest Royal Suite in Russia (490 m²), whilst modern facilities include a luxury spa, state-of-the-art fitness centre, and superb business and MICE facilities. A highlight (one of many) is the hotel’s culinary offering, with OVO by Carlo Cracco, serving contemporary Italian cuisine by the twice-awarded Michelin star chef; and MEGU, a cutting-edge Japanese restaurant.
The best of several Marriotts in the city, Moscow Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel is ideally situated on Ulitsa Petrovka, one of Moscow’s most famous streets, just a few minutes’ walk from Red Square, the Kremlin and the Bolshoi Theatre.
Along with convenient access to many of the city’s best attractions, shopping and eateries, the hotel offers gorgeous rooms, a personalised Butler service, and an extensive spa complete with a heated pool. There is also a selection of quality on-site restaurants, including Polo Club for dinner and Aurora for Sunday brunches.
Overlooking the Kremlin and Red Square, on the banks of the Moscow River, the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow offers a historic, 5-star experience. The hotel dates to 1898 and has been remained one of Moscow’s most revered hotels ever since.
Renowned for its impeccable service, contemporary décor, and some fine dining options, Hotel Baltschug Kempinski is real classic hotel with some delightful modern touches. On-site restaurant, The Baltschug Grill, is well worth a try, along with the stylish Café Kranzler for a more casual affair. The hotel also boasts the Lobby Lounge bar, a beauty centre and health club.
VIP treatment is guaranteed at Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow. Conveniently situated in the heart of Moscow, a few minutes walk from iconic landmarks such as the Kremlin, Red Square and Saint Basil’s Cathedral, this contemporary Moscow hotel is perfect for those seeking a discreet and refined 5-star experience.
Tasteful rooms and suites offer state-of-the-art amenities and a minimalist aesthetic, complemented nicely by the use of high-quality materials. Impressive facilities at the hotel include the Quantum Spa & Health Club, a fitness centre complete with a 17-metre pool, and the stunning rooftop Conservatory Lounge & Bar with its sweeping views over Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre.
A real Moscow landmark, the Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow towers above the city from its position along the banks of the Moskva River. As one of the tallest buildings in the city, the hotel forms part of Stalin’s famous ‘Seven Sisters’ skyscraper project – a showcase of Soviet Neo-classical architecture.
With 497 opulent rooms and suites, a number of swanky bars and gourmet restaurants, and state-of-the-art business facilities, the Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow has been renowned as one of Moscow’s finest luxury hotels since opening its doors 2010. Ideal for art lovers, the hotel is also home to over 1,200 original works by Russian artists from the first half of the last century.
Located at the corner of Nikolskaya Street, Lubyanka Square, Maly Cherkassky Lane and Bolshoi Cherkassky Lane, The St Regis Moscow Nikolskaya is where traditional luxury meets contemporary design, with an impeccable attention to detail thrown in for good measure.
With superb views of downtown, the Kremlin and Red Square, the 5-star hotel is a stunning property, with a stately aesthetic, elegant furnishings, and first-class facilities. 210 refines accommodations include 166 Deluxe and Superior rooms and 44 suites. Take advantage of 24-hour in-room dining service, overnight shoeshine, and daily in-room English newspapers.
A historic Moscow property, 5-star Hotel Metropol Moscow has played host to countless well-known figures from Stalin and Lenin to Michael Jackson and King Juan Carlos of Spain. The hotel epitomises old-school opulence, although lacks very little when it comes to modern features.
Discreet, professional service is guaranteed, whilst lavish, spacious rooms are beyond comfortable. In way of amenities, the hotel has a swimming pool, sauna, beauty salon, business centre and a refined executive lounge. The hotel’s dining room is indeed something special – with high ceilings, stained-glass roof, marble fountain and monumental lamps, it drips with elegance and is an attraction in its own right.
The astounding aesthetic beauty of Moscow is reflected at the Ritz-Carlton Moscow. Located in the heart of the historical, cultural and business centre of Moscow, this 5-star hotel offers spacious accommodations, a world-class spa, and award-winning dining.
Enjoy lunch or dinner at the O2 Lounge on the 12th floor – boasting a stylish design and sophisticated ambience – where exciting cuisine is complemented by stunning views of the Kremlin and Red Square.
Although not strictly in Moscow – it’s five miles drive from the city centre – Barvikha Hotel & Spa offers a luxurious retreat in a tranquil wooded setting. Highlights include a state-of-the-art spa and pool, exceptional service, and some of the best cuisine around.
A favourite of Russia’s elite, including Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the understated property is a real sanctuary. It features warm interiors, large open fires, and ultra-modern furnishings. Beautiful, spacious rooms come with private terraces, large beds, and luxurious bathrooms. Some rooms even have en-suite Jacuzzis, saunas, and other spa facilities.