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Ah, the first day of my trip. Brrrrrrrr, oh my god it's so cold! It's 7 degrees celsius here! I was thinking that it would be warm here, but luckily i checked the temprature before i came. Anyway, I checked into my hotel and unpacked my bags. Then I put on my Winter Jacket on and headed of to The St.Basil Church. When i got there, the top of St. …
... who left Kenya to run for Denmark. He is going to Moscow as an Athletics Ambassador & judging by his friendliness he will do a good job. There could be quite a lot of name dropping in the next ten days.
We arrived in Moscow not having a clue what to expect & the first people you meet are these expressionless robots who basically don't acknowledge you at all. Spend some time doing something ...
... hotel is very nice and very central. Old Arbat Street is 100m from the front door and was our first tourist experience. Wens guide book reading paid off. It is a pedestrian street and full of original buildings, stall holders, restaurants, street performers.
After a first beer and a first taste of Russian food at the hotel, we hit the walking trail again to see Red Square in ...
... again, apparently typical in Moscow, and something we see a lot of as the day progresses. Then it's off to the Kremlin - the guys queue for tickets, then we enter the forbidding high red walls and take it all in, popping inside the Annunciation Cathedral and the Archangel's Cathedral, with their incredible bulbous golden domes. We are lucky with timing and get to see the changing of the guard on our way to the famous ...
... but the artist could not offload it to the USA. Columbus’s head was then replaced with Peter the Great’s, but the clothes being worn are more from Columbus’s time than Peter’s. I have read that many in Moscow don’t particularly like the statue and there have been attempts to get rid of it.
Continuing the theme of retracing my steps from yesterday on this tour, I found myself again in Art Park. Helen took us through a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Golden Apple Boutique Hotel Moscow
Yes, beware It's a Price trap
Beware!!!! Rates are shown in "PRICE UNITS" and not in any denomination... WHAT ARE PRICE UNITS???? it's a trick to rip off unsuspecting tourists. And later when you check out you get a horror experience. NOT RECOMMENDED AT ALL!
As tourists, we were incredibly disappointed! We paid a lot of money and did not get the service we expected. Note that we LOVED Moscow - the only thingwe hated about the city was the hotel. The staff are a bunch of 20-years olds that have no clue about anything related to tourism. They gave us a map (when we asked for it) and said they would answer any questions. But they never could.They never had any answers for basic questions, such as "How do you find a tour?" The metro is hardly close by, and as 2 young women, we were terrified to walk back to the hotel from the metro at night. Another example is when we were leaving and struggling to get our suit cases to the lobby. A staff member watched us, then stepped over our suitcase and walked past without helping us.
First it should be noted that hotels in Moscow are ridiculously overpriced. Depending on the season, if you are fortunate enough to even find a room in a decent hotel, you may end up spending $500 or more per night for a decent hotel. What's more, as one reviewer previously noted, you are likely to be charged in the famous "currency units", which is likely to be pegged more closely to the euro than to the dollar (this is a shameful trick done by all Moscow hotels -- including the major Western chains such as the Marriott).
Not the freshest apple on the tree
It is a boutique hotel in terms of size, but not, I'm afraid, in style. Our room was small and decorated in an alarming colour scheme of black and bright orange. It was comfortable enough and the service and food were good, but it is definitely not a design success. As yet, Moscow has not got a proper boutique hotel, of the sort and standard found in Europe and the US. For a moderately-priced hotel full of history, try the Sovietsky; for pure style and grandeur, the newly-decorated Savoy is magnificent.
We stayed in this hotel for 3 nights in may 2006. We've booked a double room through this site, and we got the price of 200 dollars a night. When we were checking out, surprise, surprise: 200 dollars for them aren't 200 dollars, but 200 a thing they call "currency unit" (c.u.), with a rate similar to 1 euro. Thus, in the bill we were supposed to pay 25% more than what we had agreed to. And there was a tax, that never was told before, of more than 15%. We told them that that was not honest, and in capitalism you have to respect contracts. We asked for the manager, and another surprise: there was no manager on duty! He was at home, and nobody was at charge, at 1 p.m. When the credit card bill arrived, another surprise: They charged another bill of 334 dollars, besides that of 990 dollars. For 3 nights, more than 1300 dollars, in a 3 star hotel!!!!!!! And the breakfast is 25 c.u. a person. Can you believe it?!!!
My partner and I have just returned from a wonderful 4 night trip to Moscow. Having never visited the city before, I decided on the Golden Apple after some extensive internet research. This was the best decision I could have made. The hotel is very modern, and although the rooms are on the small side, they are very well appointed with extremely comfortable beds! We had breakfast in the hotel a couple of mornings, and the selection and service were both first class. The young, english-speaking staff were all highly efficient, and we enjoyed some expertly made cocktails in the trendy bar area. The hotel is located just off Tverskaya which is packed with bars and restaurants, and is just a 5 minute walk from the famous Pushkin cafe.
Just spent 3 nights at the Golden Apple in Moscow and had a great time.
Excellent Facilities and Service
I stayed in Golden Apple in May and enjoyed every minute of it, especially its staff--everyone was very attentive, professional, helpful and courteous
What a nice feeling in Russia!