After six years of reconstruction and renovations, Kempinski Hotels & Resorts opened this week Nikol’skaya Kempinski Moscow its second property in the Russian capital, thus with two flagship properties situated on both banks of the Moskva River.
Located at the corner of Nikol’skaya Street and Lubyanka Square, the complex of historical buildings comprising the Nikol’skaya Kempinski Hotel offers views of the capital’s historical downtown area, including major landmarks and symbols such as Red Square and the Kremlin. Guests are only a few minutes’ walk away from the Bolshoi Theatre, the Duma and GUM, the famous department store.
The history of Nikol’skaya Street dates back to 1547 during the reign of Ivan the Terrible, while the retail area was renowned for the exclusive Koeller perfumery business and for fine chocolate shops. The hotel building was constructed in the 1870s and was the residence of Count Orlov-Davydov until the early years of the 20th century. Its historical façade has been lovingly restored, with the conservation of decorative mosaics made by Edouard Nierman in 1907 which grace the hotel’s elegant MosaiK restaurant.
Reminiscent of an old-world ocean liner with an upper deck and exquisite curved staircases, the lobby welcomes guests with a multi-coloured stained glass dome and Art Deco furniture. Throughout the hotel, careful preservation of the building’s illustrious history fuses with the refurbishment of modern facilities.
The 157 Deluxe and Superior rooms are decorated in pale brown and muted beige tones, with many still boasting their original high ceilings. Fine fabrics, gilded oak, marble and crystal all combine to echo the Belle Époque era. The two Presidential Suites decorated in a palette of gold, white and beige, each measure 250 sqm in size and benefit from panoramic views over Lubyanka Square and the Historical Museum. The accommodation layout features an extensive drawing room with a dining table and a relaxation area, large bedroom and a lavish bathroom with an oversized bath and a separate shower area as well as a guest bathroom. Guests may also choose to have the suite connected to two Deluxe rooms to form a three-bedroom suite.
MosaiK is an all-day dining restaurant where Executive Chef Marco Alban presents a culinary mosaic of flavours in an open kitchen. Guests are invited to start in the East, with Oriental and Arabian cuisine, and journey to the West with Mediterranean and Russian dishes. Tapas make an ideal starter while classical steaks, veal steak Orlov, seafood and Caucasian shashlik with house marinades demonstrate Marco Alban’s talent and versatility
The Spa at the Nikol’skaya will be operated by L.RAPHAEL, based in Switzerland and launching in Russia for the first time. Facilities include an indoor patio-style swimming pool and a fitness centre.