By Paul Sullivan, destination expert: "The retro-futuristic StandArt - the first Russian Design Hotels member - is unarguably the chicest hotel in the city. As well as offering the most stylish rooms in town, it has a restaurant helmed by a double Michelin-starred chef, an attractive spa and gym, and a conveniently central location".

Location 9 / 10

The hotel is pretty much right on Tverskya street, right next to the eponymous metro station. The state Museum of Modern Art is a five-minute stroll and the Pushkin Theatre and Bulgakov Museum are a 10-minute walk away. The mighty Bolshoi Theatre is a 20-minute walk and you can get to the Kremlin and Red Square in around half an hour on foot.

Style & character 9 / 10

The Art Nouveau exterior was designed by Russian architect Pavel Andreev and makes for an eye-catching statement along a busy stretch of road. The interior, a joint effort by Varvara Filatova and Pyotr Bragovsky, is as swanky as they come, from the bright, open-plan lobby to the hedonistic suites, which are dotted with hand-painted panels and monochrome graffiti wall murals by Stanislav Tratsevsky.

Service & facilities 9 / 10

Staff are professional and very eager to please, and facilities are generally top-notch. The small but lovely StandArt SPA by DECLÉOR, with its natural wood interiors, has a Turkish bath, sauna, four treatment suites, a small pool, and a mirrored gym with Technogym machines and private training and yoga classes available. In December 2016, the ninth floor will open with a new bar and conference facilities.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Steam room/hammam
  • Fitness centre
  • Pool
  • Room service
  • Laundry
  • Wi-Fi
Rooms 8 / 10

The rooms are inspired by a vague 1950s sensibility, with designer furnishings, tasteful colour schemes and mod cons like: ETRO bedding and bath accessories, French cosmetics Lanvin and Smart HD TV Magic Mirrors. Classic rooms are generously sized, have splashy colours and come with minibars, work desks, Nespresso machines and dapper bathrooms with showers and tubs; larger Deluxe rooms have more natural tones, beds built into wooden capsules and views over Strastnoy Boulevard and Pushkin Square. The elegant Luxury Suites have a spacious sitting room, two separate bathrooms and the Grand Suite has enough space for an additional dining room and can be combined with the Luxury Suite. Food & drink 8 / 10

The smart Sever-Yug (North-South) restaurant on the second floor is run by Michelin-starred chef Angel Pascual, whose evening menu focuses on Spanish recipes and new dishes inspired by local products - think hummus made from buckwheat with dried tomatoes and sea bass with mashed turnips, which can be enjoyed along with streetside views. There’s also a more casual, Spanish-themed daytime menu (tortilla, paella), and breakfast is a pleasant spread of upscale treats like cold fishes, red salmon, fresh juices and dishes lime eggs benedict. The rooftop bar also has an open kitchen and a grill menu.

Value for money 8 / 10
Double rooms from RUB 12,000 (£282) in low season; and from RUB 26,000 (£332) in high. Breakfast and Wi-Fi included.

Access for guests with disabilities?
The hotel has one room suitable for guests with disabilities, an accessible main entrance and a disabled WC in the reception area.

Baby cots are free of charge upon request, kids’ chairs in restaurant and kids’ dishes are available in the dining areas.

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