Review: Four Seasons Moscow

Review: Four Seasons Moscow

 

This Four Seasons Moscow Hotel Review is part of a trip report including Vienna and luxury hotels and dining in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. For the previous posts please see:

Review: Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom

Labstelle Wien Vienna Restaurant Review

Review: Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow

Moscow Metro Tour with Happy Moscow Tours

 

TravelSort Clients enjoy Four Seasons Preferred Partner benefits at the Four Seasons Moscow:

  • Daily full American breakfast for two people per bedroom, served through In-Room Dining or in the hotel restaurant (including buffets)
  • Food and beverage credit of USD100
  • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (excluding signature suites and villas)
  • Welcome note at check-in acknowledging you and your travel agency and the amenities that are being extended
  • Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms, complimentary premium Internet in all suites.

Four Seasons Moscow Review

 

Four Seasons Moscow Location and Check-In

Four Seasons Hotel Moscow is located at 2 Okhotny Ryad, in the historic former Hotel Moskva, with its prime location right on Manezhnaya Square by Red Square. Metro Station Okhotny Ryad is literally just to your right as you exit the hotel. You really couldn't ask for a more central base in Moscow.

We checked in a bit early, before our room was ready, so we were able to leave our small bags with reception, who with a smile presented my son with an adorable puppy stuffed animal. The puppy came along with us when we left to explore Red Square:

Review-Four Seasons Moscow: Ready to Explore Moscow with a New Friend

 

Four Seasons Moscow Premier Room

Four Seasons Moscow's Premier Rooms are the largest entry level hotel rooms in Moscow, at 430-635 square feet in size. I had a hard time believing this was an entry level room, given how spacious the living area was:

Review-Four Seasons Moscow-Premier Room Living Area

Review-Four Seasons Moscow-Premier Room Work Desk

 

Plus, ours had a balcony with a lovely view of Manezhnaya Square. Note that not all Premier Rooms have balconies, and for safety reasons, you do need to sign a waiver to have the hotel open the balcony doors all the way, but this is easy to do at reception.

Review: Four Seasons Moscow-View from Premier Room

 

There were some yummy housemade walnut cookies waiting for us, which we enjoyed as a dessert that evening. The creamy praline filling was better than Nutella.

Review-Four Seasons Moscow-Welcome Amenity-Walnut Cookies

 

Thanks to being a new Four Seasons hotel (Four Seasons Moscow just opened last year, in 2014) all beds are the new Four Seasons bed. Prior to your stay, you can advise whether you prefer a firmer or plusher mattress.

Review: Four Seasons Moscow-Premier Room with 2 Double Beds

Review: Four Seasons Moscow-Premier Room

 

The marble bathroom featured double sinks and a separate toilet chamber, which in my view every true luxury hotel should offer. The bathroom mirror also has an embedded TV, handy if needing to catch the news while getting ready, or if you feel like watching a program while soaking in the bath. Since it was good Russian practice, I allowed my son to watch some Russian cartoons during his bath.

Review: Four Seasons Moscow-Premier Room Bathroom

 

There was a nice deep soaking tub, as well as separate glass enclosed rain shower:

Review: Four Seasons Moscow Premier Room Soaking Tub

Review: Four Seasons Moscow Premier Room Rain Shower

 

Bath products are custom made for Four Seasons Moscow by Roberto Cavalli, and there were even special kids' bath products for my son:

Review: Four Seasons Moscow: Roberto Cavalli Custom Bath Products

Review: Four Seasons Moscow Kids' Bath Products

 

The bath foam made a great pampering bubble bath for my son that evening:

Review: Four Seasons Moscow-Enjoying a Bubble Bath

 

And my son had his own child-size bathrobe which he loved, along with his new friend:

Review: Four Seasons Moscow-Cozy in Kid's Bathrobe

 

Here's my video of our Premier Room:

 

Four Seasons Moscow Amnis Spa and Swimming Pool

The Amnis Spa in othe fifth floor is spectacular. My photo of the reception area doesn't do it justice, but there are waterfalls on either side and subtle pathway lights that change color.

Four Seasons Moscow Amnis Spa Reception

 

The waiting area features infused water, fresh fruit, nuts and cookies:

Four Seasons Moscow Spa Fruit and Infused Water

 

In the women's changing room I couldn't resist relaxing a bit on one of the heated relaxation chairs:

Four Seasons Moscow Spa Relaxation Chairs

 

And while I didn't have time to use them, there's also a Finnish sauna, steam room, and experience shower:

Four Seasons Moscow Amnis Spa Finnish Sauna and Steam Room

 

A true highlight of the hotel is its large 1593 sq. ft swimming pool, with a glass atrium overhead letting in great natural light. There's even classical underwater music to swim by.

Review: Four Seasons Moscow

 

After swimming awhile in the pool, we both enjoyed the jacuzzi hot tub:

Four Seasons Moscow Review: Jacuzzi Whirlpool

 

Four Seasons Moscow Breakfast at Bystro

Breakfast is served at Bystro Restaurant from 6:30-10:30am on weekdays and 7-11am on weekends. The buffet breakfast offers an extensive selection of fresh fruit; cereals; yogurt; pastries; hot items such as eggs, bacon, spring rolls, dim sum, etc. 

Bystro Breakfast Buffet, Four Seasons Moscow

Breakfast Pastries, Four Seasons Moscow Review

 

One of my favorites was the caviar station:

Caviar at Breakfast Buffet, Four Seasons Moscow Review

 

I was also happy to see syrniki, Russian farmer's cheese pancakes that are heavenly with jam or honey:

Syrniki, Four Seasons Moscow Breakfast Buffet

 

Freshly squeezed juice was also included, so I chose a mixture of orange and grapefruit juice:

Fresh Squeezed Juice, Four Seasons Moscow Breakfast Review

 

The Verdict

Some travelers don't think there are great luxury hotels in Russia. They obviously haven't stayed at Four Seasons Moscow, where both the quality of the room and the service was superior to many luxury hotels I've stayed at in Western Europe and the U.S. From our welcome to the finesse with which the Concierge handled our missing luggage from Transaero (which was in the room when we returned from dinner) to the special amenities for my son and excellent service in the spa and Bystro restaurant, we enjoyed an exceptional stay. Highly recommended for either a business or leisure stay in Moscow.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary stay at Four Seasons Moscow and paid for our breakfast at Bystro. The views expressed in this post are mine.

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