Traveling in Moscow I decided to stay in Marriott Grand Hotel that is situated in the Moscow center so it is easy to get to the main sites of the capital, such as Arbat Street, The Bolshoi Theater, Red Square with Saint Basil''s Cathedral and Pushkin Museum, it took several minutes to get there. The metro station - Mayakovskaya is close too. The first thing that I came across here is the attentiveness and benevolence of the staff, always meets you with smiles on their faces (even if you come back very late at night). Moreover, the rooms were comfortable and cozy with satellite TV where I found all-news channels (in case you couldn’t leave all your "homework" at home), the small minibar with fruits (I was lucky to have also the wet bar), fresh every day newspapers – Moscow Times - were delivered from Monday to Friday, and when I came back from my sightseeing I always found on the pillows too small but nice chocolate medals from Red October which were given to me as a present from the hotel staff. I was in Moscow in July when the weather is the hottest one so the individually controlled air conditioning helped me much. Attention when you pay by cash or by credit cards here tax is 5%.
In the morning I tried their continental breakfast, the word ‘continental’ describes everything of it, it was not very delicious but with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Indeed, the one thing that may be hard to find in this Hotel is traditional Russian cuisine – pancakes, soups, and milk cereals. Once during the dinnertime I tried to pull myself together and went to Russkiy Pogrebok, where I was really surprised by their wide range of Russian dishes (most main dishes cost from 40$ to 70$). Besides I had learnt that there were 3 more restaurants on the first floor of the hotel, one of them is Samobranka Restaurant where I was offered to try tasteful International cuisine options. Don''t miss this opportunity to have lunch and dinner there.
I was surprised to meet a lot of children with and without parents and tourists here.
The useful hotel information is that check-in, 3pm, and checkout, noon.
Intrestingly enough, since January in its Lobby bar a traditional five o’clock tea is arranged. Jane Pettigrew a famous British writer and a connoisseur of tea (the title of her book is Jane Pettigrew’s Tea-Time) was pleased to be invited at this elegant and stylish tearoom. White with yellow décor of the tea table is easy on the eye, and a tablemat with crudités and rusks, airy scones with their special delectable flavour – all these we have found at the Marriott Grand Hotel.
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