Staying at the Ritz-Carlton Moscow was a high moment of the year so far. It just didn't disappoint me in any way. The views of Red Square were every bit as magical as the photos I'd seen and the room was a wonderful break from touring Moscow jet-lagged. The feeling was old-world Moscow meets modern, luxury-hungry Moscow. I was surprised to learn the hotel had been open for less than 5 years, because it captured that history-book Moscow feel that I wanted to get.
Moscow reminded me of a big reason why I travel...to make sense of what I don't know and to become inspired to learn more. Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral was as colorful as I'd always seen in photos but standing there literally took my breath away.
I never once felt the apprehension I had felt from my pre-trip research. The city's buildings weren't nearly as industrial as I thought they'd be, though there were those buildings.
Huge bathroom, great products, bathrobes, and towels
A sitting room begging for tea to be served
Another view of the sitting room, TV and bed