New York, New York
January 8, 2003
The lobby feels like a bank vault, where, except for the alluring lights and songs emanating from the casino tucked away in one corner, there is little to indicate that people are coming here to enjoy themselves.
The rooms are rather nice--typical Russian hotel amenities--small table, couch and numerous chairs and stiff bed. The best rooms look over Red Square. All rooms have the MY3 television station, so you may make jet lag a bit more enjoyable with Russian and American music videos.
I want to mention the 10-minute phone call I made to the United States that was less than a $5 charge. The call itself is not worth reporting, but in the 24 hours following the call, three hotel employees stopped me to remind me that I must pay for my phone call. So, as with the hotel itself, call it a model of residual Soviet supervision or a model of efficiency.
From journal Moscow in Winter