Dec162014

Moscow luxury hotel rates are rock bottom for 2015 stays

Moscow luxury hotel rates are rock bottom for 2015 stays. The Russian ruble hit a record low against the U.S. Dollar today at 72 RUB per $1 USD. Travel to Russia is a relative bargain right now with the recent Delta and Skyteam partners low fares to Russia and Aeroflot discount rates.

In 2012, Hogg Robinson Group reported Moscow had the highest average hotel room rates at $404 or £258.11 of 50 cities around the world.

HRG hotel rates 2012

Moscow had held that position for eight years running.

For the 8th year in a row, room rates in Moscow are far and away the highest of any destination monitored by HRG.  Hotel prices in the Russian capital have risen 3% in local currency over the past year.

HRG – August 13, 2012

Time to Rocket to Russia on their Road to Ruin

News of the Russian ruble crisis along with recent low fares I have seen for flights from USA to Moscow, led me to check hotel rates in Moscow this morning.

My findings blow me away. Moscow is looking like a budget destination for a luxury vacation.

Hotel Rates for July 3-6 for three nights in Moscow, Russia

Ritz-Carlton Moscow is $362 after tax for a higher category Executive Room with breakfast daily for Friday, July 3 on three night stay. Rate increases 25% on Monday and Tuesday. Rate is $278 USD after tax for the lowest category room over the weekend without breakfast.

This is a list of most expensive chain brand hotels for Moscow. Room rates shown are without 18% hotel tax.

  • Four Seasons Moscow $317
  • Park Hyatt Ararat $232
  • Baltschug Kempinski $166
  • Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow $161
  • InterContinental Moscow – Tverskaya $157
  • St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya $155
  • Hotel National, Luxury Collection $154
  • Moscow Marriott Royal Aurora $137
  • Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya $114
  • Moscow Marriott Tverskaya $107
  • Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel $107

Radisson Royal Moscow

Here is an article on 16 best luxury hotels in Moscow from Five Star Alliance.

The wait time for a visa is one issue with a trip to Russia. Travel tip advice suggests applying three months before your trip.

Will a reservation at a couple of the top luxury hotels in Moscow help speed up visa processing?

 

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Update 10 hours after original post 6:20pm Dec 17, 2014.

Rates have dropped at most of these hotels today for the same July 3-6 2015 dates.

  • Ritz Carlton $278   $297 (breakfast rate after tax)
  • Four Seasons Moscow $317  $264 Premier Room King bed (after tax)
  • Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow $161  $219.62 (after tax) is only hotel to rise in rates.
  • Park Hyatt Ararat $232   $257 (after tax)
  • Baltschug Kempinski $166  $193 (after tax)
  • St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya $155  $168 (after tax)
  • InterContinental Moscow – Tverskaya $157   $154.13 (after tax)
  • Hotel National, Luxury Collection $154  $130.06 (after tax)
  • Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya  $108 (WinterSale after tax for King Executive Room)
  • Moscow Marriott Royal Aurora $137   $107 (after tax)
  • Savoy $94   $106.40 Orbitz.com rate after tax with breakfast
  • Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel $107  $90.63 (after tax)
  • Moscow Marriott Tverskaya $107   $74.11 (after tax)
  • Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya $114   $74 (WinterSale after tax rate for Queen Standard Room)

If you don’t have the need for luxury, Holiday Inn Suchevsky Moscow Executive Suite with Club Lounge access and breakfast is $90 per night after tax or a Standard room is $35.80 per night after tax.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. Those summer rates are similar to the winter rates earlier this year. I went to Russia in February and stayed at the Hilton Moscow for roughly $120/night. Not bad at all but the exchange rate back then was $1 = 35 RUB. Now it has doubled! Wow!

  2. The ruble rates will adjust, probably in the new year. The exchange rate may well reverse course too, so locking in at ruble now (as one might have to) could lead to a higher than anticipated rate upon check in/out if booking is n future. The boon is for travelers who booked before the depreciation or can go immediately – i had booked at abt 30-35 rub per USD and enjoyed a rate of abt 50 rub per USD at checkout. There are some terrific properties on the above list…and dont forget the shopping, s merchants will struggle to adjust the prices of imported goods upward quickly as well…

  3. Simply the best two Ramones albums. They launched with Rocket to Russia, their third album and peaked with Road to Ruin, their fourth album in late ’78. I saw them play Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium December 30, 1978 opening for Rick Derringer. Which name is more familiar to people now?

  4. What about rates in St. Petersburg? (For many Americans, St. Petersburg is a more interesting city than Moscow. Suggest spending 2 days in Moscow, at least 4-6 in St. Pete.)

  5. @UAPhil – since the currency exchange is the driver of low rates, hotel rates are low all over the country. I checked St. Petersburg and found low rates, but I did not examine the city as closely as Moscow.

    As Timo said, locking in the rates is the key since the ruble is gaining ground again. The rate 24 hours later is 65 RUB = $1.

    Airfare to Moscow is one of the lowest priced places in Europe from California with fares under $700 available.

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