Because The Falling Ruble Means Luxury is on Sale
It’s safe to assume that Vladimir Putin’s popularity in Moscow has less to do with his charms than it does with the billions he has showered on the capital, restoring it to a level of grandeur not seen since the czars and giving all Russians a glittery distraction from, well, everything else. Chic boutiques and cafés have opened along storied Kuznetsky Most, which was recently joined by a network of pedestrianized streets, creating a quarter ripe for strolling, shopping,and people watching. Red Square now competes for attention with nearby Zaryadye Park, a 35-acre public space devoted to culture and entertainment designed by the team that created New York’s High Line. Diversions include footpaths through forest and tundra, a sweeping boomerang-shaped viewing platform that juts over the Moscow River, and a food court showcasing Russia’s regional fare. Even the most discriminating palate will be pleased by the city’s culinary offerings, which include caviar with a view of Red Square at elegant Beluga; farm- fresh produce and meat at sleek, airy Twins Garden; and a modern take on haute cuisine in the striking white dining room at Bolshoi. The ruble’s fall has affected even the city’s best hotels. At the newly refurbished Park Hyatt, a roomy Park Suite goes for $450, and similar values can be had at the Four Seasons and, for a feel of old Russia, the historic (and heavily gilded) Hotel Savoy.
TO BOOK: Greg Tepper lived in Russia for years and creates unique experiences. 800-633-1008; GREG@EXETERINTERNATIONAL.COM.
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