Hotel Baltschug Kempinski, Moscow – Review
There’s nothing like a hotel with a good story behind it. Such is the case with the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski, which occupies the site, alongside the Moskva River, of a much smaller hotel built two centuries ago. The current building opened in 1898 and over the past century has been known as the Hotel Novomoskovskaya, Hotel Bucharest, and the Osipov Building.
The structure deteriorated during the Soviet era and reopened after an $85 million renovation in 1992 as the Baltschug Kempinski, Russia’s first international five-star hotel according to contemporary sources.
For my first visit (I stayed here twice within a short period), I arrived at the hotel’s entrance and was warmly greeted by a bellman, who assisted with luggage and directed me to the reception desk.
Check-in formalities were quick and my travel companion and I were soon being escorted to our room. Shortly after we were settled in, room service rang and asked if we would like a complimentary beverage. Given the early hour, we both chose cappuccino.
Our Executive Suite featured an exceptionally large bedroom and slightly smaller living room, both done in an elegant cream-and-tan décor.
A long entrance hall with dark wooden flooring was lined by closets with louvered doors on one side and rail wall paneling on the other, giving it a very formal feeling.