It is hard to find a better location in Moscow than the Metropol's. In the very heart of the city, the building is next to red square and opposite the Bolshoi Theatre.
The Metropol's bedrooms are decorated in an opulent, antique style, so you can expect lots of gold, antique furniture and drapes. Each room has its own distinct style, partly due to the builders' free interpretation of architectural plans. The suites are a very comfortable option if you are travelling in a small group.
The lobby as well as the dining areas in the Metropol are beautiful. Whether you are looking for some to wait for a companion, try traditional Russian dishes or just have a relaxing cup of coffee, you won't need to leave the hotel to do so.
Eating and drinking
The Metropol has two large restaurants and a bar. The Metropol Restaurant is famous in its own right - Shalyapin sang here, Lenin made speeces here and some of Moscow's most important guests have dined here. Today it is a great place to try out some traditional Russian dishes. Try the blini (pancakes), sturgeon, or soups.
There is a small fitness centre, sauna and pool, but if fitness is a major priority when booking, you may be better off choosing one of the city's newer luxury hotels.
Service at the Metropol can be hit and miss. While the old world formality in the restaurants can be charming, some remnants of Soviet-era service remain.
Who stays there
Older travellers, Westerners, established celebrities.
On the expensive side considering facilities and service.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
Pros & Cons
- central location
- historical building
- service can be poor