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The best hotels in Moscow capture the grandeur of Russia’s capital. And there’s no place that screams Russian luxury like the Radisson Royal, a gem from Stalinist architecture! Among the Seven Sister skyscrapers, the Radisson Royal stands literally and metaphorically above all other places to stay in Moscow.

Commissioned by Josef Stalin himself, this was going to become one of the best hotels in Moscow from the get-go. Historically called Hotel Ukrania, it was the tallest accommodation in the world for decades. This is not a boutique hotel, but rather the ultimate luxury hotel in Moscow

Read below to find out why this is one of the top places to stay in Moscow!

Radisson Royal Moscow
One of the Most Famous Landmarks – The Bolshoi Theater!

Radisson Royal Moscow – Luxury Hotel in Moscow

Overall Review

1. Design & Boutique Feeling: 5

2. Room & Other Facilities: 4

3. Food & Drinks: 5

4. Service: 4

5. Location: 3

Design & Boutique Feeling

As a massive skyscraper with 505 rooms and 38 apartments, it’s certainly not boutique. That said, I am not evaluating this hotel on the boutique parameter but on luxury feeling.  It’s a mesmerizing place, and so uniquely Russian! This luxury hotel in Moscow is an experience you won’t find anywhere else.

Every single area was designed with the purpose to impress, and it delivers. Very traditional luxury, a throwback to the excesses of Stalin’s time. Here you will get gold, marble and chandeliers in abundance!

Traditional Russian Luxury - Radisson Royal
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Room & Other Facilities

Known as one of the best places to stay in Moscow for over 60 years, the facilities are very luxurious. The common areas are lavish, including the 5 restaurants. The lobby is filled with premium stores. You can even buy yourself a Rolls Royes here.

You can keep active on their 50m swimming pool, or relax at their spa. Their soothing services include a hamman sauna, a jacuzzi and multiple massage options. There’s even a DJ in the top mordern gym!

The rooms are decorated in traditional Russian style, which means lots of luxury and excess. They’re spacious, with comfy beds and modern bathrooms. My only complaint was that the AC wasn’t working perfectly and it got a bit stuffy.

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Sometimes we need to indulge in luxury!

Food & Drinks

I really loved their breakfast buffet, which had every option out there, from healthy to not-so-much!

There are 5 on-site restaurants at the Radisson Royal. We only visited top floor Italian restaurant Buono, and it was magical. Very romantic and lit by candlelights, its view will leave you speechless. Plus, amazing food! Their truffle pasta prepared in a huge Parmesan cheese was incredible, and so was their wine list. The service is everything you expect from one of the best hotels in Moscow. That said, it’s also among the most expensive restaurants in town. But you can just drop by for drinks and a view!

The stunning Buono Radisson Royal
The stunning Buono

Down by the river is one of my favorite seafood place Moscow, Erwin. Definitely worth a visit if you are in seafood mood in Russian style and glamor!


The service is deserving of one of the best hotels in Moscow. However, Russian service isn’t generally very smiling, which also applies here. The reception and concierge were good, but we had some not as friendly moments at the spa.

From a service perspective, this luxury hotel in Moscow has everything, including romantic boat trips down Moskva River.

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I had to make use of the full equipped gym


A palace among places to stay in Moscow, the Radisson Royal is outside the buzzing Moscovite city center in front of the Moscow River. It’s great for relaxation but as Moscow is huge, you will need to reach major landmarks by taxi.

The location is generally pretty good, just not in the smack middle of everything. Plus, taxis are cheap and readily available throughout Moscow!

One of the 7 Sister’s building in Moscow
The Radison is located in one of the most beautiful parts of the city
Miniature Moscow Inside the Hotel

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  1. Ann Snook-Moreau Reply

    Wow, this hotel looks gorgeous! I would love to dine in that top-floor restaurant . . . the food looks good but the view looks even more amazing!

    • Linda Reply

      I don’t know what’s better – the food or the view!

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