The image that Russia is a scary place to travel to is a far cry

MOSCOW: Moscow is still an undiscovered treasure in terms of Western travel and tourism. The few brave enough to go find themselves in an exceptionally beautiful city, on par with Paris or London and better yet, they have it all to themselves.

Since returning from my trip to Moscow I have made a determined effort to try and dissolve the image that Russia is a scary and difficult place to travel to as it is a far cry from the reality which is a trendy up and coming city with wonderfully preserved history. One such example of how they have preserved the opulent elegance of their past can be seen in the glamorous Savoy Hotel in central Moscow.

Location: The Savoy Hotel is located on Rozhdestvenka Street, a 5 minute walk from the Bolshoi Theatre and the Red Square. The neighborhood was very posh with the adjoining streets being lined with luxury fashion shops and upscale restaurants. I thought the area around the Savoy was incredibly safe and I felt completely comfortable walking around even at night.

Style: The Savoy Hotel Moscow is fashioned in a classical Russian style. Golden chandeliers hang above white gleaming marble floors and the gold gilded ceilings in the dining room that are adorned with intricate patterns are a work of art. This hotel is perfect for those interested in Russian history and art as staying here is like turning back the clock, albeit to a time far more glamorous than today!

Rooms: I stayed in a single classical room, which was nice but not quite as impressive as the rest of the hotel in terms of design. The size of the room was decent and it came well stocked with soft bathrobes and slippers. While the bedroom didn’t have a wow factor the bathroom certainly did. It was beautiful with a brown and cream color scheme and full of the exclusive Penhaligon’s London toiletries.

Dining: The dining room in the Savoy Hotel is in one of the most incredibly beautiful rooms I have ever seen, you truly feel as if you are eating in a palace. For breakfast there is a fabulous spread of food to choose from in the buffet including complimentary sparkling wine. There is also the option to order omelettes or eggs if you wish.

Facilities: The Savoy Hotel offers a modern gym and swimming pool free of charge for all guests. There are also beauty treatments available for booking including manicures, pedicures, hairdressing, and massages. Wifi is complimentary.

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