The Kempinski’s Moscow property dates back to 1898, and it is one of the so-called Palace Hotels of the World. After the Russian Revolution in 1917 it became a hostel for the People’s Commissariat of Foreign Affairs, but the building was thankfully completely renovated in the 1990s. Hotel Baltschug Kempinski is now one of the most impressive properties in the Kempinski Group.
Although the facade of the building is original, the interior is very much a mix of classic and contemporary design. Two of the suites were designed by British royals Princess Michael of Kent and David Viscount Linley, nephew of the Queen. The curtains and other soft furnishings are made from sumptuous fabrics, frequently in shades of gold, so this really does feel like a palace. The chief concierge is known as the Lady in Red, and she’s on duty in the foyer at all hours to welcome guests and direct them wherever they want to go. It’s this personal touch that makes Hotel Baltschug such a special place to stay.
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Hotel Baltschug Kempinski is the last word in luxury, a place for those who want to indulge themselves completely and be treated like a king or queen. Beware: you’ll probably never want to leave!
There are 225 opulent rooms with ceilings up to 14 ft high. Rooms are large and luxurious; and the suites have undoubtedly the best views in Moscow. In the marble bathrooms you’ll find exclusive Kempinski cosmetics to take away, and the mini bars are well-stocked with imported spirits.
Food and drink
The lavish Baltschug Grill serves buffets like banquets, invariably washed down with Champagne. You dine overlooking St Basil’s, and this alone is reason to come. For a drink and a light bite you can relax by the fireplace in the Lobby Lounge, or in the summer months sip on a cocktail on Cafe Kranzler’s outdoor terrace.
Hotel guests and club members have access to the Baltschug Health Club with its indoor pool, gym, two saunas and a solarium. If you get thirsty whilst you’re working out (or chilling), you can enjoy a freshly squeezed fruit juice or cocktail.
St Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square and the Kremlin are all right on Hotel Baltschug’s doorstep. It’s also only a short walk along the river bank to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the Red October complex of galleries, restaurants and bars.
Free Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and public spaces.
Advance online bookings from only 10500 RUB.
Hotel Baltschug Kempinski is 21 miles from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport and a 10-minute walk from Novokuznetskaya metro.
Image credits: hotel photos by Baltschug Kempinski, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour by Montaplex
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