Golden Apple Boutique Hotel

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Address: 11 ulitsa Malaya Dmitrovka, Moscow, 127006, Russia

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.3

Moscow’s Golden Apple teams contemporary design with a literary past

Golden Apple is a relaxed, design-conscious hotel offering five-star service to those jaded by the city’s more traditional accommodation options. Housed in a nineteenth century building on Malaya Dmitrovka, one of the capital’s nicer streets, the building is surrounded by listed buildings. Russia’s most famous playwright, Anton Chekov, spent two winters in the house, reportedly working on his classic play The Seagull during his time there. Despite the modern interiors, traces of the buildings former heritage remain. The building’s original layout has been retained and there are a number of modern references to its past, such as The Seagull inspired sculpture in the Chekhov Deluxe room. Ideal for those who like their tradition with a modern twist, the hotel has been open since 2004.

Location
4.8
90%
Eating/drinking
4
90%
Leisure facilities
3
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Value for money
3.9
90%
Bedrooms
4.7
90%
Public areas
4
90%

Location

One of Golden Apple’s strong points, the hotel is in the heart of downtown Moscow. While the building is a stone’s throw from central Moscow’s main thoroughfare, Tverskaya Street, its side-street location is quiet enough to avoid the bustle of Europe’s largest capital city.

Bedrooms

The hotel’s modern ground floor design is continued into the bedrooms, decorated with Italian furniture in bold colours. With a small enough number of rooms to allow designers to make each one quite unique, the suites on the upper floors are perfect for family groups who want to have some privacy. Guests looking for something more traditional or cosy may be a bit disappointed. WiFi is not free in the rooms.

Public areas

The entrance and reception area are relaxed and appealing. A large chair in the shape of a huge golden apple is a favourite place for photos, as guests wait for meetings or taxis in the lobby. The restaurant and bar is a nicer place to spend time, whether you’re looking for a quiet place to sit alone, or something more lively in the evenings.

Eating and drinking

Buffet breakfasts, and fusion cuisine is served in the 24 hour restaurant, with presentation to match the quirky interior design. A relaxing place to work or surf the net during the day, the restaurant’s unusual apple strudel is highly recommended. In the evening the bar attracts some well-heeled locals as well as guests, when DJs and barmen take over the dining area. Officially open until the last guest leaves, food and drink is available 24 hours in the restaurant as well as through room service. If there’s a large private function, the restaurant may be closed to guests.

Leisure facilities

There is a small, but cosy, work-out and relaxation area in the basement. The gym facilities are minimal – two treadmills and an exercise bike, so enough to keep you going, but there’s no option to do weights work. There’s also a Jacuzzi and a sauna with a nice seating area in the middle. The hotel plans to add a massage parlour in the near future.

Service

Good, more personal than the city’s other, larger 5 star hotels.

Who stays there

Businessmen, Russian pop stars, foreign government delegations, young couples.

Price advice

Reasonable rates for a 5 star hotel in Moscow.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Singles
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Nightlife
  • Trendiness
  • Sightseeing
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • visa support
  • Quiet but central location
  • Original design
  • Small gym
  • Wi-fi is not free in the rooms
  • No pets allowed.
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