THE RADISSON ROYAL HOTEL MOSCOW

The ‘Radisson Royal’ Hotel (historically called «Hotel Ukraine») is a five-star hotel built in 1957 and located in one of the seven famous ’Stalin skyscrapers’.

The hotel was named ‘Ukraine’ during the reign of Nikita Khrushchev. During the design stage its provisional title was ‘Hotel building in Dorogomilovo.’

A large group of Soviet architects, led by Arkady Mordvinov (architecture academician, President of the USSR Academy of Architecture) and Vyacheslav Oltarzhevsky (Doctor of Architecture) worked on the project. The latter studied the technique of skyscraper building in New York and specialized in the design and construction of hotels. More than 2 thousand people were involved in the detailing of the project. The construction style is called ‘Stalin's Empire.’ Upon the building’s completion, it was recognized as the largest in Europe.

The grand opening of the hotel took place in May 1957. In the summer of the same year Hotel ‘Ukraine’ housed the foreign guests who arrived in Moscow to participate in the 6th World Festival of Youth and Students.

The building is located in the center of Moscow at the intersection of two major highways - Novy Arbat and Kutuzovsky Avenue. The main facade is facing the Moscow River and the city center.

The building occupies the total area of more than 88 thousand square meters, its total height is 206 meters. The high-rise section was topped with a 73-meter spire, decorated with Soviet symbols - a sickle and a hammer. The facade was decorated with stucco and other decoration elements that also used architectural items of the Soviet era - obelisks, five-pointed star attics and vases shaped as sheaves of wheat. Natural marble was used in the finishing of the main entrance. The interior was luxurious, too – parquet floor, bronze chandeliers and massive furniture.

Public facilities were located on the ground floor – lobbies, a restaurant, a banquet hall, a living room, a library, and a cafe. Two open front staircases on both sides of the central lobby led to the second floor, where the staircase morphed into a hall with elevators and a winter garden with a fountain.

In 2005, the hotel was closed for reconstruction: the facade of the building was completely restored. Large-scale works began in March 2007, these included the restoration of valuable details of the historical interiors and renewing the engineering systems. The adjoining territory was also rearranged.

On April 28, 2010, when the large-scale restoration was completed, the ‘Ukraine’ Hotel started working under a new name – ‘Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow.’

The renovated building consists of 535 rooms and suites.

A fitness and SPA-center, beauty salons, an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, Turkish and Finnish baths, solarium and sauna are at the visitors’ and guests’ service.

The hotel has a modern conference center. The Hotel also offers the following services: laundry, dry cleaning, atelier, and a number of fashion boutiques.

Official website - www.ukraina-hotel.ru

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