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.