Find yourself in the midst of Russia’s history at the newly reopened Hotel Nikol’skaya Kempinski Moscow. Located on the banks of the Moskva River at the corner of Nikol’skaya Street—which was started in 1547 during the reign of Ivan the Terrible—and Lubyanka Square, the hotel has views of the country’s iconic Red Square and Kremlin and is within walking distance to the Bolshoi Theatre, the Duma, and the popular GUM department store.
The hotel is part of a block of historical buildings and it is no exception. The building was constructed in the 1870s and was the residence of Count Orlov-Davydov until the early 20th century. The Hotel Nikol’skaya’s six-year renovation pays respect to this illustrious history and incorporates it into the building’s design. The historical façade has been restored and the hotel’s MosaiK restaurant even features decorative mosaics created by Edouard Nierman in 1907. When it comes to interior design the Leo International Design Group has created an opulent space with high ceilings and palatial chandeliers that carries on the Kempinki’s rich European look while is also reminiscent of an old-world ocean liner complete with an upper deck and grand curved staircases. The Hotel Niko’skaya has 211 rooms and suites decorated in warm and lavish beige, gold, and brown tones. Features such as fine fabrics, gilded oak, marble, and crystal were added to evoke the elegant Belle Époque era. In addition to the classic touches, all of the rooms are equipped with modern amenities such as Wi-Fi and 42-inch flat-screen interactive TVs.
The Hotel Nikol’skaya is the second Kempinski hotel in Moscow.
St. Nikolskaya 12; 7-495/967-7776; kempinski.com; doubles from US$619