Four Seasons Moscow Opens in Red Square

By Paul Riegler on 27 October 2014
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DSC_0807The Four Seasons Moscow opened with a gala celebration over the weekend. The new hotel, adjacent to Red Square, is a modern replica of the legendary Hotel Moskva, which opened in 1935.

It has 180 guest rooms, including 41 suites, many with excellent views of the city, all with the new fully customizable Four Seasons Bed. Each room features floor-to-ceiling windows, high-speed Internet access, an iPad for news, weather, wakeup calls, and for placing in-room dining orders. The marble bathrooms have separate soaking tubs and showers. A few rooms sport balconies as well.

Other key features include in-room coffee makers, swiveling high-definition televisions built into a wall in the center of the room, large writing desks, and BMW 7 Series house automobiles with Wi-Fi service.

Three restaurants, including Quadrum, which serves Italian cuisine, and Bystro, which offers breakfast and dinner focusing with many traditional Russian dishes, are on property. The Moskovsky Bar offers a new twist on many classic drinks.

The Four Seasons Moscow is steps away from Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin and the Bolshoi Theatre.

The building itself is a faithful copy of the Hotel Moskva, built in the 1930s with Joseph Stalin’s approval. That hotel, designed by Alexey Shchusev, served as home for important visitors to the city as well as to the Soviet Union’s leadership. It continues to be featured as a line drawing on the labels of Stolichnaya vodka.

The original hotel’s design was notable because of the two completely different designs for the building’s two wings, often explained by a possibly apocryphal story that Shchusev submitted a drawing of the façade to Stalin with the two designs, expecting him to choose one. Stalin is said to have put his signature exactly in the middle and, afraid of telling Stalin he had not made a selection, it was decided to construct the building with one wing with larger windows and a more ornate façade and one wing with smaller windows and simpler details.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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