Hotels in Russia
Discreet and distinguished, this little-advertised hotel exudes serenity in the heart of a city on a 24-hour coffee buzz.
Distinct among Moscow’s top hotels for its sleek modernity, the Ararat is epitomized by its glass-topped penthouse lounge—where power brokers and visiting European celebrities gather for breakfast mocha or evening vodka, along with spectacular views over the Kremlin’s star-peaked towers.
Elegant interiors (parquet floors; white marble bathrooms), opposite St. Isaac’s Cathedral and within walking distance of the Russian Museum.
Room to Book: Request a room looking out on St. Isaac's Cathedral.
Doubles From $1,050.
Spend the night in one of the 60 new suites at the Taleon Imperial Hotel, a favorite of Russian high rollers.
A luxurious refurbishment of a stalin-era villa, the 40-room Rodina is set on manicured grounds with a private beachfront in the year-round resort town of Sochi.
This 19th-century behemoth, one in a series of palatial Baroque and Neoclassical buildings—and actual palaces—lining the city’s famed main thoroughfare, reopened in 2009 after a $135 million refurbishment.
The Most serves a novel kind of Russian cuisine in czarist-dream surroundings. Black bread comes with an exotic fruit-and-olive chutney. Beets appear in a surprising, sublime cold soup with pistachios. This is central Moscow now, refined and elegant as it hasn't been since the era of Pushkin.