Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow
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The travel to Moscow was not premeditated, neither desired nor prepared. Mi son had begun that year to study in the University of Moscow, after spending 3 years studying the language in Madrid. Mi wife needed imperiously to know how he was installed and urged me to make the travel for visiting him before the winter coming.
By those times …
... Our pictures can not show the size or the magnificence of this treasure and I guess we were seeing all these sites at probably the best time of day. Lots of people and no cars. The flowers were out and the square looked amazing. We did not leave until about 11.00. So much to see and so little time.
FRIDAY: Today we have our 1st Moscow Greeter tour. Very exciting. Stay tuned.
... but guess it was ok for the staff as long as they didn't have to wait on the table.
We next went to Tolstoy's house which I enjoyed quite a lot but couldn't take any photos. It was a small house compared to anything today but quite nice for the time. The house was so small that we had to pace ourselves to look at a room and then move out of the way so the rest of the group could ...
... but it was cool to see everything inside. It is small place but holds lots of important things. I loved the carriages, some were so large and ornate. The crowns were cool to see too, they had so many diamonds on them, some having over 300. We also got to see the Fabergé eggs, they only have about 10 in the armoury, the rest are either privately owned or in museums around the world. Russia now owns the most, a man recently bought 9 eggs from the US but ...
... bread.This dish also requires a snappy vodka to wash down the pleasentrys.. The Vodka was nice. Even Shell agreed!
Post lunch we loaded the kids up with ice
creams then strolled thru this amazing park. At first we saw one newly wed
couple having their photos taken. The
way the bride was posing was amusing to us… then we saw another, and another
then another…. They must be breading ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRadisson Royal Hotel Moscow
El título tiene una clara explicación. El hotel ha cambiado de dueño y muchas cosas habrán cambiado. Pero incluso las que lo precisaban, como el mobiliario algo anticuado de la habitación, o los sanitarios y griferías del cuarto de baño, le daban un encanto especial y característico que, con toda seguridad, ya se habrá perdido. Estuvimos hace 8 años y entonces las medidas de seguridad abrumaban un poco, sobre todo porque no es costumbre, salvo en los buques de cruceros, pasar por un escáner todo lo que llevas contigo cuando entras en el hotel. Recuerdo especialmente las cenas con caviar y acompañamiento de pianista en el bar al que se accedía por la escalera del loby, y también el excelente bufet de desayunos en una preciosa ala esquinera del edificio, dando al parque. El servicio no me pareció especialmente cálido, pero si profesional.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow
Enjoyed my stay at Ukraina
Stay at Ukraina in July an was very happy with hotel.
I had a renovated room on 24 floor with view of Russian
Whitehouse an New Arbat.Room was very clean an comfortable,but a little small.Bathroom was very clean an had plenty of hot water.I only ate breakfast buffet once,
the worst food I ate in Russia.Did not eat any other meals there.The building is beautiful an location was ok.
Lots of resturants nearby an hotel has taxi service.
Overall i would recommend this hotel to others.
p.s.Later at night there are call girls working the bar in lobby,but if you stay out of bar they do not come into
Good location but be forewarned of traffic
We spent one week at the Ukraina and whilst I have no major complaints I think you can do better for your money. We paid 200 U.S dollars per night for a twin room which was supposedly 'renovated', but if that's renovated I'd hate to see the non-renovated rooms. The hotel is not that old yet the furniture and bathroom gave the impression of a much older hotel and I've stayed in 200 year old hotels with better "original" furniture. The room itself was spacious and warm. The view (we were on the 12th floor) was lovely and apart from one night it was fairly quiet.
The breakfast was included and nothing special, that's if you could get a seat to sit down in. It was packed for the 3 hours allocated to breakfast and we usually had to grab a seat, then wait (and wait) for someone to come and clear the plates left by the previous guests and more the twice we had to share the table with 6 other guests (no elbow room left). The food was mediocre and cold, the coffee was NOT coffee and the bread not exactly fresh.
It sounds bad but I did enjoy the atmosphere (more than my husband did). It's an historic building with a lovely lobby and the exterior is wonderful.
It was also amusing to see the same 6 ladies seated in the lobby bar ever night, usually in the same clothes, waiting for 'customers'. There were security men and a metal detector gate which I set off every time but nobody ever stopped me. I presume the 'ladies' had been given special permission by the hotel to hang about and I heard that someone at reception would notify them if there were any single men staying at the hotel, then an introductory phonecall would be made. It was something I'd never seen before and I was amused by it, not so amused by the 3 gentlemen , obviously the girls 'protection' who could often been seen occupying the lobby sofas.
It's a regular hotel with nothing high class or elegant about it (apart from the exterior). I would recommend it if you could get it at a cheaper price. One word of warning for anyone using the hotel to go to the Crocus City Expo Hall, it said it was a 30 minute ride by car, it is, but in Moscow traffic add another 60 minutes to that and the taxis aren't cheap or that clean.
I'd pay a bit more and stay at a nicer hotel next time.
A pretty average experience...
We stayed at the Hotel Ukraina for the recent world figure skating championship.
We got a good priced room (£55 sterling) but for that it is a 1950s experience. Clean enough but drab. The boasted "River view" also centres on a industrial wasteland. The breakfast was poor. it was a Buffet style but we came across out of date bread rolls and dirty glasses.
Have to say as well the the staff were negative. I approached the reception on half a dozen occasions and each time a gaggle of staff were talking to themselves and clearly resented a visitor interrupting them. Sour faced and aggressive. They also charge to keep luggage on your last day and they want 2000 roubles to take you to dodo airport.
Moscow in winter is not the easiest place to visit. A nice, friendly hotel with good food can make a difference. The Hotel Ukraina doesn't offer that.
having just returned from a stay there we found the location very convenient for Red Square. the Number 2 trolley bus from outside the hotel takes you to she square in only 12 minutes for only 15 roubles. However, each night the internal phone rang and we were offered a lady massage. but when Ia female answered the phone went dead. this seems to be the custom in all Russian Hotels so just be aware. The breakfast buffet was very busy and had a wide selection and the rooms are comfortable. Taxi's too are cheaper from the front of the hotel rather than outside the steps - almost half price. So be aware and have a good time.
Great deal and classic building with character!
Although I was not so lucky to get a renovated room, I would have to say that for the wholesale rates that I managed, this was a very comfortable and enjoyable place to stay. The room had clean comfortable furnishings and beds and a nice high classically molded ceiling. The staff was friendlier than I had expected and spoke English well. What really impressed me was the included breakfast buffet which was in two grand halls and had the largest assortment of good food that I had seen compared to any other hotel buffet. All of the public marble floored rooms were elegant and well maintained (though the corridors to the rooms had a weary, Barton Fink look to them, only wider) and, yes, they did have a lot of security (a monitor on each floor and around 3 men watching the entry). I suppose the amusing thing was that they seemed more eager to check up on registrations of any female guests to prevent unregulated in-room entertainment, yet every evening there were always four or more obvious working girls at the bar with comparatively unfettered access to the place. It did add character to the hotel to see them awake from a nap at 3 am and carry on a game of cards. Other comments, The Art Club restaurant served excellent traditional Russian dishes, had a lot of charm and excellent service, and the business center was easy for emailing with the help of their friendly staff. In all, this is a great hotel for its price, amenities, and character and I would certainly stay there again.
Ukraina is a good place to stay
I stayed in the Ukraina from 16th until 20th of September 2004. It was just great to see this impressive building every night (morning) I got back to the hotel. Easy to get to the centre with a bus and very cheap (less than 1 US$)! Also the not recently refurbished rooms were good enough, the service was very helpful and friendly. This surely will be my place to be should I come back one day... Great value for money (spend approx. 60 US$ a night in a single room with breakfast).
Nice view but hard to get there
My friend and I booked our room over the internet the night before we arrived. When we did arrive the staff was fine and gave an unrenovated room. We called the front desk and were told to talk to the internet reservation agent. The woman was extremely helpful and promptly gave us a renovated room. We were then told to go to the front desk to change our room. When we did we tried to speak the manager so that we could guarantee a nicer room but another desk clerk took over. She then proceeded to scream at my friend and to throw the keys at him. The room she assigned us was renovated but overlooked the parking lot and was near the emergency exit. We were definitely not satisfied with the way we were treated and my friend went to speak with the front desk manager again. She did not show any sign of concern until he told her he was a doctor. We were then given another room with a view that was fabulous. I understand that I was in Russia and the people have a different way of dealing with things, but for the amount of money we were paying the service was horrible. The final two rooms were very nice but the unrenovated was a normal Russian room. It is also possible to stay in a hotel, the same caliber as the unrenovated, for under thirty dollars.
I did like the hotel but the experience turned out to be stressful because we seemed to provoke rudeness for no reason. If you want to experience true Russia this is definitely the place to stay! Even with all the problems it can actually be fun.
Loved the Ukraina
We stayed at this hotel in June for 4 nights. The location is ok, you could be closer to the centre, but for the price this hotel is a good bet. Russian hotels are not cheap, especially in the summer. So the price for this hotel was pretty good. The rooms are large but look like they haven't been updated for a while. If you like this kind of thing it's fine. Although it's clean, the shower in the bathroom has very low low water pressure and there is no air conditioning. Again this might be different in some of the more renovated rooms. Breakfast was, standard buffet affair. The tube is a good 10 mins away and you have to cross some very dodgy roads, the drivers in Russia don't really care too much about the pedestrians. But the location is good, only 4 stops from the Kremlin and other tourist sights.
The staff don't speak English very well but if you use enough pointing they'll eventually understand what you mean. There is a TV in the room with 2 English channels BBC News and CNN.
Getting there from the airport is a scarey 50min taxi ride, which will set you back 50Euros. You can get the tube but it'll take you about an hour and a half so only for the really organised.
Overall I definitely recommend this hotel for the price and for those people who are coming to Moscow to see the city, if you are planning huge amounts of time in the hotel, then you might want to spend more money and get something more western.
Fascinating - good price/quality ratio
I have spent 4 nights at this hotel (28 - 31 may 2004).
The hotel is located pretty close to Arbat street (15/20 minutes on foot), the metro station is 10 minutes away, the bus stop is very close.
From the outside the building is huge and impressive, but it has its own style (Stalinian). The old-fashioned rooms are furnished with old pieces of furniture (probably still the original from the late 50s!), but are clean and nice. There might be some renovated rooms.
Continental, buffet breakfast is served in a impressive room.
People at the reception aren't very nice and do not speak English as well as you would expect (very few people in Russia speak English)
Important: you will have to pay if you want to leave your luggage in the luggage room.
Very good price/quality ratio.
Classic Stalin-era hotel
This is a great hotel for tourists who want to experience a classic Russian hotel instead of a Western-based chain hotel.
The rooms are beautiful, and the views are gorgeous, overlooking the Moscow river. The restaurant is pretty good, especially the breakfast buffet, and there is an English menu. There are also a few gift shops in the lobby, which have very reasonable prices. There is also a money exchange and an international pay phone in the lobby (which takes credit cards). There is a grocery store around the corner, along with a number of shops. You can cross the river to get to more shops, etc.
Some of the staff speaks English, but you might want to brush up on your conversational Russian---it will help you out a lot.
It is only a few blocks from the American Embassy, so it is convenient if you have business to take care of there, like adoptions, etc.