Hotel National, A Luxury Collection Hotel
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After a buffet breakfast in the hotel bar which was OK but not brilliant we meet with our guide from Bridge to Moscow, Maria. She is a very pleasant lady with endless energy and a super guide who walked our feet off!
We start with an orientation tour round the area of our hotel then in the underpass across the road to the Alexander …
After a good night's sleep we are ready to tackle the day and we set off by car with Maria and our driver Vladimir for a driving tour of Moscow. The Moscow traffic is amazingly bad, all the drivers have a real time GPS system showing traffic conditions which seemed to range from heavy traffic to impassible. But Vladimir did his best and got us …
It was our last day in Moscow and the big sight left to be seen was the Kremlin. The original Kremlin walls were built in the 12th Century and the current walls by Italian masters in the late 1400's. It is a citadel sitting on the Moscow river and includes five palaces and four cathedrals. It takes the whole day to see it all. Besides the …
Today is a travel day, dedicated to getting to Moscow by high speed train from Saint Petersburg. Our train was scheduled to leave at 1:30, so we had several hours in the morning to pack and do any last minute sightseeing. We picked the Bronze Horseman, a statue of Peter the Great that faces the Neva River, as it was very close to our hotel. The …
... what I decide to do. Finally, some athletics. On the way I passed a small line of beggars. First a woman with animals, who I only spotted because a kitten was doing its own thing so she picked it up by the scruff of the neck and put it back on its pity podium. Next to her was a crippled lady, without upper limbs. At first I was a little fearful, then I realised she was ar (NO! ed). In the stadium, I loved the 4x400m heats. The Cubans messed up their 3rd change ...
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The location was excellent - right across from the entrance to Red Square. We could walk to most of the tourist sites. The room was larger than we expected and very comfortable and quiet. Almost all of the public staff spoke English and the service was top rate. However, we had been quoted a rate in American dollars and warned that there would be an 18% tax added. When we checked out, they multiplied the quoted rate and the tax by an inflated rate for the ruble, then charged us that price in rubles. When we got our credit card bill, it figured more than $100 higher than we expected.
Spent one night here before a river cruise. The staff were most helpful via email in extending our visas for the extra night and arranging transportation prior to our arrival. Our rate was USD 195 + tax. That included an excellent breakfast sitting at a window table overlooking the Kremlin. Our room was small and overlooked a side courtyard and the outer windows were "bubble" glass. So plenty of light but no view. Everything was very clean and adequate for a short stay. The concierge was most helpful and got us a reservation at the Pushkin Cafe on the day we arrived -- not to be missed. The area around the hotel is quite safe and we wandered over to Red Square after dinner and saw it beuatifully lit and without the crowds. Many "walk to" sites make this an ideal hotel for tourists. For business you might want something a little more modern.
Staying two nights in Moscow (Business) forced me to look for a hotel with somewhat sensible prices. Looking at the Hyatt or the Kempinski it becomes clear, that these prices are far too highly set for Russian standards.
We stayed at the Le Royal Meridien National - and thought it was fabulous.
An excellent hotel in an excellent location right opposite the Kremlin and just a short stroll away from the Bolshoi. Also, right near the metro, which is an experience well worth delving into. Ignore the Russia is dangerous, don't get the metro and if you do don't speak english rubbish. The metro stations are a work of art and the people are the kindest possible. They may look sturn but they don't act it. The rooms in the hotel are great, nice bathrooms, good water pressure in the shower and the breakfast is fantastic as you look right out at the Kremlin. No bubble wrap on my windows. And the best thing EVER.. the concierge sat with me for 20 minutes and helped me write a speach to be delivered in Russian for my friends 30th Birthday dinner at Cafe Pushkin. She made me repeat it until I pronunced everything right and then said ' the Russians will understand you now'. Now what hotel concierge does that!
I've just come back from 4 days in moscow where I stayed at the National.
The hotel was excellent - the location couldn't have been better; the rooms were fantastic and the staff were great. The health club and pool were modern and well furnished. Best of all was the concierge who couldn't have been more helpful - they went out of their way to ensure a good stay. Ignore completely the negative review below as it is inaccurate. There are NO prostitutes hanging around the bar! Honestly one of the best hotel experiences I've had in a long time. . .
Great location and room but,
If you are in Moscow to see the sights no hotel has a better location.Rooms were fine and clean.The food was very expensive and not very good.I also did see prostitutes in the bar area picking up a businessman.Would stay here for location and views.
These are days when one terrible review can harm an establishment's reputation, so I felt compelled to enter my own review.
I can't believe how chocked I was, when i read the negative note about the national, this is an unfair note. By the time I was trying to find a direct GM e-mail address to congratulate him and staff, for the professionalism and help I received during my stay, I read an offensive comment, rating the high standard with shameful words.
The National Hotel is horrible. Stay away. Please.
This hotel is very Soviet.
Where shall I begin? Well, the hotel staff allows and encourages prostitutes (and lots of them) to sit in the lounge all night trolling for clients and to freely roam the hotel. Not very safe, even by Moscow standards.
The food in the hotel is bad. Downright bad. Expensive, yes. Good, no.
They do make a decent cup of coffee. This is true. It's just a horrible place, particuarly when compared with the Ararat, for example. At the natinal, you are not permitted to see out of your windows (in classic Soviet style, the windows are all bubbled over to prevent view of the Kremlin).
Outside the hotel is unsafe. A good chance of being mugged or worse.
This is an uncomfortable place to stay. Please look elsewhere.