If you go: Moscow

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August 14, 2005

Where to stay

For an excellent overview of what's available, visit this Moscow Hotels website ( They will make the reservations, confirm quickly by e-mail, and charge your credit card.

Golden Ring

5 Smolenskaya Ulitsa


If you are here on business, you won't do better than this modern high-rise near the Foreign Ministry and the Arbat. Health club, casino, high-speed Internet hookup, and a sumptuous breakfast buffet. Rooms from $270.


15/1 Mokhovaya Ulitsa


Lenin slept here, but the place has been lavishly updated since. Steps from Red Square. Rooms from $232.


2/1 Kutuzovsky Prospekt


If you want a taste of the old Soviet days, try this Stalin Gothic relic on the Moskva River. Though it's short on upscale amenities (and a 10-minute walk from the nearest Metro station), rooms start at just $129.

Where to eat

Cafe Pushkin

26A Tverskoi Bulvar


Return to the czarist days, with costumed waiters and old Russian favorites like blini-and-caviar and kvas in a country-house setting. Figure on $60-75 per person. Open 24 hours.


2 Ulitsa 1905 Goda


A round-the-clock restaurant with a glassed-in barnyard and live animals. The food -- borshch, dumplings, chicken Kiev -- is suitably hearty. From $50 per person.

Knyaz Bagration

58 Ulitsa Plyuschikha


Exceptional Georgian food (cheese in mint sauce, lamb soup, baked sturgeon in mushroom sauce in an authentic setting. Entrees $15-$20.

What to do


Though the government buildings are closed to the public, there are enough towers, cathedrals, and palaces to keep you occupied for a day or more. Tickets to the grounds about $10.

Gorky Park

Moscow's version of Central Park, with cafes, amusements, and a boating pond. Take the Metro to Oktyabrskaya Station

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