Located across the Moskva River in the refined historic district of Zamoskvorechye. More than half of the rooms of the Baltschug offer spectacular views of the Kremlin or St Basil’s Cathedral. It’s a 10-minute stroll to Red Square, GUM department store, Zaryadye park, as well as the Tretyakov Gallery. In 20 minutes, you can reach Bolshoi Theatre, Gorky Park and the Soviet-era statues of Muzeon Park by foot. There are also two metro stations within a 10-minute walk
The hotel has 227 rooms and suites. The rooms are split into Superior, Deluxe and Grand Deluxe. The 57 entry-level Superior rooms (35-40 sqm) overlook surrounding streets or the inner atrium function space. All rooms have a good size working desk, flatscreen TVs, in-room safes, direct-dial satellite telephones with voicemail, in-house mobile phones, high-speed wifi internet access, iPod docking stations, fax and PC connections.
The 95 Deluxe rooms (37-47 sqm) are slightly larger, but are in red and beige and have views of the Kremlin, Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral. Both the Superior and Deluxe rooms were last renovated in 2007, but are still smart and have 24-hour room service, “Les Clefs d’Or” concierges, personalised guest-relations employees (called “Ladies in Red”), complimentary in-room newspaper and mineral water each day.
The 38 rooms and suites on floors 2 to 4 were upgraded in 2015 and have heated marble floors in the bathrooms, new rain showers, big bathrooms and large mirrors. These are now called Grand Deluxe rooms (37-47 sqm) and have a different design by Slovakian firm Cadé, who created a new range of light colours for them – warm pastels, golden and yellow shades – as well as new hardwood furniture, brass lamp accents and lithographs by Russian painters.
The hotel’s 36 suites include six Studio suites (68 sqm), 11 Executive suites (70-80 sqm), six Kremlin suites (68 sqm), six Red Square suites (75-85 sqm) and six Design suites (70 sqm).
Food & Drink
The Baltschug Grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on the ground floor. European-style Café Kranzler is both bar and restaurant, serving Russian specialities such as vareniki (filled dumplings) stuffed with Georgian Sulguni cheese, served with morels, leeks and champagne sauce. The Lobby Lounge serves drinks and light snacks.
Services and facilities
As well as excellent jogging trails along the river, the hotel has a swimming pool, small fitness centre (7am-11pm), a whirlpool, and men’s and women’s saunas in its basement. It also has a beauty centre on the second floor with hairdressing by La Biosthetique and face and body treatments using cosmetics by Sothys. New to the hotel is the Truefitt & Hill barbershop on the ground floor, which offers shaving, manicure and haircuts for gentlemen.
Ul Balchug 1, 115035; +7 495 287 2000; kempinski.com/moscow