The "Metropol" Hotel is located in the very centre of Moscow opposite the Bolshoy Theatre and within three minutes' walking distance from Red Square and the Kremlin. "Metropol" was opened in 1901. The hotel owes its birth to the famous patron of art Savva Mamontov. To build a hotel of the European level he gathered young talented artists and architects. They were working with the new style of architecture - Art Nouveau. The wall panel "the Faraway Princess" by M.Vrubel is the main decoration of the "Metropol" facade. Since its opening the "Metropol" Hotel has been recognized as Russia's most renowned grand hotel and a favorite place of cosmopolitan society - from the royalty and the aristocracy to famous personalities in arts and international affairs. Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Shalyapin were among the guests of the hotel.
In 1917, after the socialist revolution, the "Metropol" Hotel turned into the residence of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee (RCEC). It was then called the Second House of Soviets. Lenin, Stalin and other Bolshevist leaders lived and worked here. In the 1930s the Metropol was given back its original status of a top-class hotel. If the Soviet government wished to win the favor of the foreign guests (among them were Bernard Shaw, Bertolt Brecht, John Steinbek, Marlen Dietrich), it would usually accommodate them in the Metropol. In 1986 the hotel was closed for a major refurbishment, which was undertaken so that the hotel could again offer its guests the most advanced facilities in an atmosphere of elegance and luxury of the bygone age. In the past years such prominent persons as members of royal families of Spain, Netherlands, Denmark, Pierre Cardin, the great courtier, and renowned actors Pierre Richard, Anny Girardot, and Sharon Stone stayed at the Metropol Hotel during their visits to Moscow.
"Metropol" offers a wide range of services to ensure a comfortable stay, a productive environment for business, and also a chance for rest and relaxation. These include various restaurants, a night club and a casino, a beauty parlour, a gift shop. The hotel's newsstand enables guests to keep pace with world affairs. Guests can also use the booking service for air and railway tickets, and a car rental facility. The concierge service provides guests with comprehensive information about business and cultural life of Moscow. The hotel's health club offers extensive facilities for exercise and relaxation. The club includes an indoor pool, a sauna and a gym. The trained and licensed staff provides massage and training seven days a week.
The style of "Metropol" hotel is most evident in its elegantly decorated guest rooms and Suites: careful blending of original paintings and antiques creates a special air of opulence and warmth. The "Evropeisky" restaurant is favored by those who love coziness and calm atmosphere. The hall interior is designed in neo-classical style and decorated with columns and mirrors. The restaurant menu includes dishes of Russian and European cuisines. Also at guests' service there is "Shalyapin" lobby bar.
Throughout its history the "Metropol" has been the venue for many grand occasions. Today the hotel's banqueting team upholds this fine tradition. The Metropol's 19 elegantly designed banquet and conference rooms suit to a wide range of events from large conferences and banquets to private parties. Business visitors may also use the business centre and the conference hall that accommodates up to 300 delegates.