Looking for a pinch-me-is-this-real-life experience in Moscow? Then look no further than the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski. With many of its rooms overlooking St Basil’s cathedral, this is by far one of Moscow’s most sought-after hotel experiences. On my recent visit to Moscow I checked in to for myself just why!
Checking In: Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow
Stepping into the hotel you feel immediately welcomed by the accommodating staff who go above and beyond to make Hotel Baltschug Kempinski feel like a second home. The concierge were quick to offer pre-booking of tickets to any of Moscow’s attractions, reserving a table at any restaurant, and quite literally looking after every aspect of your visit to the Russian capital if you so wish.
Around the Hotel
The hotel is located on an island surrounded by the Moskva River, connected to mainland Moscow by a bridge. Crossing the bridge you’re a mere few minutes walk from Moscow’s most famous attractions, the Kremlin and Red Square to name but a couple. Alternatively staying on the same side and walking the length of the river provides postcard worthy views over the Kremlin’s sights.
If this is your first time visiting Moscow, be sure not to miss this shortlist of the Top 10 Attractions in Moscow. While this hotel is within walking distance of all the main sights, I would still recommend checking out the underground subway, which is an attraction in itself in Moscow. The interiors underground are so ornate, they transport you to another time and space. Don’t miss it!
Inside the Hotel
The interior is as lavish and ornate as you’d expect any luxury Russian hotel to be, all the while feeling warm and cosy. The beds in the rooms were so comfortable – decorated with the fluffiest pillows to rest your weary head after a full day of sightseeing!
A little downtime is always necessary on any vacation, especially in a city as sprawling and large as Moscow. After an action-packed day of sightseeing, be sure to make the most of your stay by visiting the hotel’s heated pool and sauna where you can relax and unwind. Or if you’re feeling particularly lavish, then indulging in one of the beauty treatments at the spa is always a good idea.
The Baltschug Dining Experience
The Hotel has two restaurants, the Baltschug Grill where they serve breakfast and Café Kranzler which has a terrace overlooking the Moskva River and St Basil’s cathedral. The dishes served inside are typically Russian with a modern flair. The evening menu offers vodka-infused smoked salmon and Russian caviar. Nothing beats dining with the Red Square lit up in the background.
Near to the hotel you will also find a great range of cafes, patisseries and dining experiences. Here are my top 7 picks for the best cafes in Moscow (you’ll want to visit all of them but Cafe Pushkin is my all time fave!)
World of Wanderlust visited Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow as a guest, however my opinion is always my own.