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June 26, 2007

Red Hot Moscow

The city's new Ritz-Carlton is hoarding superlatives — from the highest room rate to the most expensive breakfast.

Communism may be dead, but its birthplace is anything but. This summer, two major hotel openings are set to light up Moscow, underscoring the city’s stellar comeback. Both the Ritz-Carlton and the Povrovka Suite Hotel are about to go suite-to-suite, both claiming the most spacious guestrooms in Moscow. Yet while the latter will be the city’s first all-suite hotel when it opens July 18, it’s the Ritz-Carlton that’s gotten us giddy as schoolgirls.

Opening Sunday, the Peter Silling-designed property cheerfully trumpets the most expensive rates in town — starting at $1,000 per night. The hotel will house a restaurant helmed by three-star Michelin chef Heinz Winkler (the youngest chef ever to score three stars); an ESPA spa, which promises to be the largest and most lavish in the city (think 22,000 square feet plus steam rooms coated in gold and black mosaic crystals); and a glass-domed DJ rooftop bar looking out over Red Square.

Oh, and in the true spirit of post-Soviet excess, you can order what is likely the world’s most expensive breakfast. The $700 meal includes a bottle of Cristal champagne; Kobe beef steak with truffle omelette; foie gras au torchon; a selection of Italian prosciutto and cheese; and 56 grams of Beluga caviar with blinis and quail eggs.

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