Ritz-Carlton, Moscow


3 Tverskaya Ulitsa,


Russia’s aristocratic past and hungry-for-luxury present collide at the Ritz, a posh addition to Moscow’s hotel lineup. Though the property is relatively new (it opened in late 2007), all the details here have been designed to evoke early-20th-century decadence: the grand lobby has an inlaid marble floor, black columns topped by golden pilasters, and grand chandeliers, while the 334 guest rooms are decked out with Frettelinens and marble bathrooms. The common areas include the Caviarterra restaurant, where chef Nicolas Courtois turns out tangy borscht, stroganoff, and other Russo-Georgian dishes; and the 21,500-square-foot ESPA—one of the biggest spas in Russia—has a glass-domed indoor pool. The hotel’s one aesthetic nod to futurism can be found at the O2 bar, with its angular roof, Pop Art fixtures, and seats that look like futuristic Fabergé eggs.