Moscow has accommodation to suit every pocket, from budget hostels to hotels worthy of a Tsar - or an oligarch. Many of the best places to stay in Moscow are close to Red Square and the historic centre.
Moscow hasn't just embraced capitalism, it's capitalised itself into the world's richest city in the space of a couple of decades. Moscow has the most billionaires, it's most popular nightclub is called 'The Most', and it also boasts of having the most expensive cup of coffee.
Even before the fall of the Soviet era, Moscow was home to many very beautiful, many opulent buildings. The red brick of the Kremlin and black cobbles of Red Square are steeped in history, and many treasures built by the Tsars stand as a reminder of the pre-concrete block era of architecture. But since then many of the less beautiful buildings - factories and warehouses - have been converted into more beautiful ones, now housing art galleries and museums, and even clubs and restaurants.
One of the best ways to experience Moscow is on a tour with a local. And there are plenty of themed tours - like cooking and eating. Setting up one of more of these tours in advance is also a good way to get local insight into some of the best places to stay in Moscow.
As far as the headline sights go, most people start in Red Square, visiting St. Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Mausoleum and the State History Museum. It's also possible to visit The Kremlin complex. Inside there are several beautiful churches, an impressive armoury and an even more impressive collection of diamonds.
Moscow has a number of notable art galleries, the most famous being the Tretyakov Gallery and the Puchkin Museum. The Tretyakov is mostly works by Russians artists, which the Pushkin is more western, and has one of the world's most significant collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works.
If you want to pick up a few traditional souvenirs head out to the Izmaylovo Market on the weekend.
If you're only here for a short time the best places to stay in Moscow will be close to the centre of town. The Metro system is good, but sprawling.
One of the oldest buildings in Moscow is the Novodevichy Convent, originally constructed in the 16th Century it's a fortified convent. On the convent's grounds is the even more famous Novodevichy Cemetery. Moscow has many other interesting churches, but one of the most architecturally notable is the Church of the Ascension, built to commemorate the birth of Ivan the Terrible.
Old Arbat Street is also worth a stroll, and if you can afford it, a visit to the Bolshoi.
While in Moscow it's worth trying a banya - Russian bathhouse - where the menu involves a hot steam followed by a sound whipping with birch branches.
New Arbat Street is one of the best places to stay in Moscow if you're here to see and be seen. This is where you'll find some of Moscow's most expensive restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Tverskaya Street is another fashionable hangout, especially around the Yeliseev Grocery Store, which is like Russian Harrod's.
Moscow has some amazing shopping, but one of the most interesting retail destinations has to be GUM, right next to Red Square. Once full of mediocre, Soviet-era goods, this mall has been converted - inside - into a haven of the high end. But the architecture remains relatively unchanged…
A glaringly colourful hotel in a very central location. Contemporary rooms awash with primary colour have all the mod cons. Good restaurant and lively bar. Excellent value for its location.
A fantastic Five Star hotel in a central location. Historical architecture and traditional opulence create an air of royalty. Palatial rooms and suites in pastels with lots of gilt. Excellent restaurants, bars, and spa. A time capsule for the luxury traveller.
A Five Star hotel with the wow factor. Enormously chic boutique suites with vast space, all the mod cons, eclectic furnishings, some with jacuzzis and kitchenettes. Fantastic restaurant, bar, and extensive spa. A great choice for the luxury traveller to experience Moscow glitterati style.
Old fashioned grandeur and Five Star elegance in this historic hotel. Vast rooms and suites have typical tsarist decoration and ornate furnishings. Restaurants, bars, and an excellent spa. A great hotel to experience the romance of a lost era in a central location.
Historic hotel patronised first by Russian Literati and then the Communist elite. Totally renovated by revered Italian architect Leonardo Tognoni. It now boasts glorious gilt and gold, marble floors, swags and tails plus breathtaking original Rococo ceilings. A superb five star institution.
Just off Red Square & next to the Kremlin, the dramatic & iconic Five Star Ritz-Carlton is pure luxury and opulence: gilded interior with chandeliers and columns with gold pilasters. Sumptuous suites, sumptuous cuisine. Magnificent views of the city from the rooftop 02 Lounge. Divinely decadent.
Opulence at every turn in this stunning Moscow hotel. Harking back to a Romanov style grandeur, the rooms are adorned with lavish furnishings and extravagant decorations. Right in the centre of Moscow, it's perfect for exploring Russia's capital. Outstanding five star quality.
Understated, minimalist, ultra cool hotel in the smartest Moscow suburb, five minutes drive to the city centre. The spa & personalised nutrition are the main reasons for staying. All rooms are contemporary suites with huge beds and all the mod cons. A destination for those who want a serious detox.
An elite five star hotel has a Stalin-approved architectural design mixed with lavish contemporary finishes. Exuberant interiors and floor to ceiling windows for the best views in the city. An admirable location, this hotel stands a few minutes from the Red Square. Five venues for dining on site.
Ideally located just across the river from the Kremlin and St Basils Cathedral, this luxury hotel offers stylish decor, top notch spa with indoor pool and iconic views - a perfect property for both leisure and business travellers.