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I left the UK today in blistering heat and arrived at Moscow airport to the same 25°, then it started to rain. I did manage to go out for the evening I went to la cantena for a meal and a swift beer. An interesting band was playing tonight a little bit of blues little bit of rock, Not many people but an okay evening for a Monday. Now it's early to bed because it's been a long long day.
Modern, big, amazing Moscow. Welcoming people, international feel, great cultural scene and historical sites make this city a must-see.
- Red Square
- Tretyakov Modern Art Gallery and Sculpture Park
- The people
- The overall modern, progressive vibe
Monday, August 30
We returned from our evening excursion yesterday (to take night pictures of Red Square) too
late (11 PM) to get on line from our hotel. We're now at Domodedovo Airport, with time to spare before our flight to St. Petersburg.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, AUGUST 28 & 29:
We arrived in Moscow on schedule …
... There was very little in terms of signs and information, in Russian let alone English, so we spent the day just walking and looking. The Red Square was 'not as big as I thought' said Paul, but St Basil's Cathedral was stunning and the sheer size of the red brick wall around the kremlin was impressive. A good luck activity of throwing a coin over your shoulder on a particular spot was funny to watch, as no sooner had the coin hit the floor but one of ...
... raged through the workshop and which was never rung! It is massive with the broken piece weighing 20 tons just itself. We were then led through the beautiful garden which borders the Kremlin Walls and could look down and see the Helipad which is used for Putin to get to and from the Kremlin. Our next visit was to the Cathedral of the Archangel Michael. This is the burial place of the early Tsars before the capital was moved to St Petersburg, with tombs lining the walls. ...
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The Marriott as expected is a very comfortable hotel, with well trained helpful staff. I was offered a good room on the top floor but actually chose a room which looks into the interior courtyard. Main reason is the ability to pick up the free wifi in these rooms. Certainly is a bonus if you want to work or face time from your room. The location is great too .
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Historical Traveler Reviews Courtyard Moscow City Center
As with most hotels in Moscow, get ready to be soaked when it comes to price. Your room would be half this price in Chicago or New York. Most rooms start at $400, and you need to request non-smoking if you don't want to stay in a room that smells like a bar. We had a nice room, though there were only 4 English language channels, 3 news and 1 sports. Internet was about $20 for the first hour and over $30 for 24 hours. Annoying was the tea service which, for $5 to $10, you could have a cup of tea in the lobby. It was free earlier in the morning. Well, at least the former Soviets have a grasp of capitalism, painful though it may be on the wallet. By the way, in room coffee service was free for the asking.
The decor and general quality of room makes this a 3 star hotel wrapped in a 4-5 star Marriott label. While the rooms are clean, bathrooms are pretty basic and decor is bland. Beds as other people have said are like sleeping on plywood board - but I would also add that underneath that board is a totally bouncy set of springs, so you cannot really say it is a firm mattress. I would suggest adjectives like cheap and crap would be better suited to describe the mattress. On that basis alone, I would not be too keen on staying here again. Positives - breakfast was good (but expensive), location is good. Other negatives - reception service was surly when I pointed out that I had clicked for 1 hour use on internet (at 10am when I checked out 11am) and it had registered 24 hours. Response was completely disbelieving and was totally condescending - "in future.. do not do this as we have to change the bill".
Das Dekor und die Qualität des Zimmers machen dies zu einem 3-Sterne-Hotel, das sich unter dem Marriott Namen als 4-5-Sterne-Hotel ausgibt. Die Zimmer sind sauber, das Bad ist recht einfach und das Dekor ist langweilig. Wie andere Leute hier schon erwähnt haben, fühlen sich die Betten so hart wie Stein an - aber darunter befinden sich viele Sprungfedern und so kann man nicht behaupten, dass die Matratze fest wäre. "Billig" und "schäbig" sind zwei Adjektive, die diese Matratze gut beschreiben. Allein deswegen würde ich hier nicht wieder übernachten wollen.
The best thing about the hotel is location: it is 5 minutes walk from the Red Square, located on a small street (not much noise from traffic). It is a new property, the only reason it became a Courtyard instead of the regular Marriott is due to its location away from the main street (main street location is the corporate condition for branding the hotel a full service Marriott). So it is indistringuishable from the full service Marriott in any other respect. Now, the negatives: prices are outrageous - $40 parking; $35 internet access; $10 cup of tea, .... Welcome to Moscow. However, hotel is an unbelievable bargain if you pay with Marriott points: it is a Category 3 (most hotels in major cities like Paris, New York, and London are Category 7) so it does not take too many Marriott points to stay there. The best thing is that the points cover the VAT (18%). If you are stuck paying cash, this hotel is not a great deal (in line with other Moscow hotels). In addition, if you are the unlucky holder of US Pesos, the prices are even higher as the US currency dropped in value dramatically. One disappointment is the beds: when we sat down on it, I thought they mistakenly left a piece of plywood on top of the mattress but alas, it turned out that the mattress is just that hard! A response to the previous comment: in Marriott lingo Deluxe room is the cheapest room in the hotel (aka regular).
My husband and I just returned from 2 nights here and would never go back. We were to be booked into a deluxe room and if what they gave us truly was a deluxe room I would hate to see the regular rooms. Basically there was only room for the bed and the matress was so hard that it was difficult to sleep.
Stayed at this hotel in August of 2006. Nice location in the Center of Moscow on a quite street, very friendly staff. Hotel is only one year old and therefore looks very fresh and clean. My room had about 5 English language channels.
Will stay at marriott grand next time
good hotel. beds are like sleeping on plywood-very hard. hotel hard to find from the main street. no continental breakfast. very high price service if you need to go to the airport-was a lot cheaper to use metro and shuttle bus at the end to the metro line.
Very nice hotel just within a 10-minute walk to Red Square. Nice and quiet surroundings. Rooms are clean and well maintained.
First things first, set your mind at ease, you are not going back in time. Moscow has every thing that a regular major European Cosmopolitan City has. There are ATM's, banks, cell phones, shopping centers etc... Everywhere. Now let's get to the hotel, it is very expensive, this seems to be a Moscow conspiracy for all hotel prices in the city center. Once you get over the initial sticker shock, the hotel is situated in a very quite and very nice neighborhood in the city center (the music district). You can comfortably walk to Red Square/Kremlin/Arabat/subways easily within ten minutes. There are literally hundreds of restaurants, cafes and grocery shops in the area. The hotel staff speaks perfect English and will go the extra mile to make your stay enjoyable. You can book tours etc.. From the hotel also. Make sure you get breakfast (traditional Marriott stuff) with your room rate, as it will cost you $26 USD if you do not. The rooms are super quite and comfortable and have a really a nice channel selection. Okay some other stuff a tourist like me wants to know:
Excellent Hotel, Expensive Extras
I liked the hotel, the service, the central position near the conservatorium. I disliked to pay 19 units (rate between Dollar and Euro) for one Bushmills (Standard) Whiskey. It was not possible to open the window, however aircondition/heating was fine.
Check for special rates, like company-rate. As the hotel is very new, important price-differences seem to exist.