A Traditional and French Star A review of Hotel National, A Luxury Collection Hotel
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.
The LeMeridien (the Russians know the hotel as "TheNational") is a very good choice when looking for a very very central hotel for an acceptable (business) price. I was charged 285 USD plus 18% Tax.
Location: Extremely good; it is at the foot of the red square! Parking your car in front of the hotel works, but is difficult sometimes. Great Metro connection and a stroll into the Kremlin tempts you at any time you glare out of the huge windows of the National.
Service/F&B: Service is very well trained, English is spoke very well. Wake up calls, shaving kit, shoe polish, etc., everything worked out perfectly. The restaurant i would rate as a three out of five, the food too. Try elsewhere for real Russian cuisine...but maybe I am spoilt...
Breakfast is excellent, including the view upon the red square.
Rooms: The deluxe room was in good shape. Very clean toilet, extremely soft beds (which I personally dislike), a working safe, and a nice minibar, as well as a view on to the red square. Perfect. Maybe the old carpets remind you that this once was a state owned place, but otherwise for this price there is no complaint!
Style: The hotel is clearly a mixture between the old style state-owned Russian National Hotel and the LeMeridien clear-cut forward approach in terms of service and sytle. Generally the hotel uses a lot of the "Jugendstil - like Klimt used in Vienna" in order to attract one´s attention.
My adise: Go for the good balance between cost and benefit!