This place used to be synonymous with luxury - service, food, grounds, not so much anymore. It feels a bit like Beauty and Beast before Belle shows up, and everyone is dusting everything off. The rooms are nice, but there a lot of the furniture is patched up, curtains have holes, that sort of thing. The staff try really hard, but it is clear that they are doing the best they can with very limited resources.
Like the kids play room, is just sad. The wallpaper is torn and drawn on, many toys that run on batteries don't have them, and some of the toys could be in a Soviet museum.
The food has also been taken down a few notches....and the sad part is that it was always overpriced, but if it tastes good, you sort of overlook it, now, not so much.
Breakfast is far from 5 star, it's okay. There is a choice of standard buffet dishes, but zero love went into preparation.
The Swan lake cafe has terrible service. Even if there are 3 tables in the entire dining room, it will take forever to clear dishes, bring additional non-food items. Also, zero love goes into preparation of the food. Majority of the items we tried were either not fresh, overly salty, or just a poor combination of ingredients.
The lounge has better service, however the food comes from the same kitchen.
The pool is nice, the zoo is moderately well-kept, so are the horses. The nature is honestly the best part of the whole stay. The gym equipment is also old, quite a few pieces have "not in service" signs.
Nice place for business meetings for several days: quiet place located rather close from Moscow with good services and calm friendly atmosphere. Everything looks comply with 5* hotel incl. daily cleaning, room features with sleepers, bathrobe, minibar etc. free wi-fi in lobby only and it's too slowly. Bar and restaurant have nice cooking and rather friendly staff. Pool is rather big and clean IMHO.
This hotel is located not in the Moscow but in its suburb so it is not suit for those who have some business in the city. But for weekend this place is extremely comfortable and convinient. Rooms are very spacious and comfortable and well equipped with bath and other facilities of 5-star hotel. You can enjoy large swimming pool and some different saunas. Breakfast. launch and dinner are quite good. The whole atmosphere is relaxing.
Stayed here 5 weekedns in a row from middle of June till middle of July 2010 for leisure Most of the rooms have undergone renovation and look very nice and cozy (I know what I am talking about as I stayed here 2 years ago and it was all earlier reviews were complaining about, but not now). The bulk of them are "studios" which in reality are more like junior suits with a nice sitting area. Recoomend you go for this type of room when you book as "standards" are half the size of "studios" and are not much cheaper. Unfortunately all rooms are smoking, but the staff was very helpful in letting me look at several studios untill I found the one without any smoke odor (this was provided during all my stays if I askd for it!). For me the biggest highlight of this hotel is their big size indoor swimming pool which opens up into a spacious terrace for sunbathing with sunbeds and chairs and a view on wooded alley and loans with flowers. They have several restaurants which offer indoor and outdor dining. My favorite was the one at the golf club, its outdoor terrace, but recently they put an ugly plastic curtain to seperate members' area from where non-members can sit. Apart from being ugly it destroyed the view on the golf course. Sports snackbar is actually a full style restaurant, also has an open terrace and best air conditioning inside (great if you got too much sun). An harp plays during beakfast (from around 09 am till 11 am on weekends) in the main restaurant and the choice of food is really wide (smoked salmon was my favorite). One secret about food that I myself learned about only last weekend. If you are on a budget you can go to a staff canteen which also serves guests. I checked it out. No thrills, frills, veiws or harps. Basic self-service, but lunch or dinner will cost you from three to ten US dollars. I do not play golf, so no comments on their 18 hole golf course except that the scenery is very beautiful. A 4 kilometr (around 2.4 miles) pedestrian/bicycle path goes around it trough a pine, berch and fur tree wood and at times you feel like you are in the middle of Siberian taiga: these trees are really mighty, healthy and magnificent. And what an inspiring fragrant fresh wooden scent!
On hotel's territory there is plenty of other things: a big pond where you can swim (not fo me) and take a boat ride, a sand beach, volley ball, tennis, basketball and playground for chidren. A night club offers karaoke. There is also a spa with Gurlain treatments.
Highly recomend this hotel for those who want to spend a relaxing weekend or week in comfort near Moscow. But check first if they have any corporate parties on the dates you plan to come. There were a couple when I was there and it did not bother me at all. However, I heard that sometimes these could be events for up to 3,000 people. This could be a differnt story.
We stayed with friends at the hotel in August 2007 to celebrate a birthday. We live in Moscow, so were well aware of its proximity to Moscow city. And that's just what we wanted. To get out of town for the weekend. Unfortunately, that's the only thing this hotel has going for it. Our room was very under-par for a 5 star hotel. Stained carpets, stained sofa, everything very shabby. There's an apartment block on the site which looks like a Moscow suburb Soviet residential area. And the sports complex is lacking in architectural niceties and decent equipment. The management didn't tell us that two restaurants (the two best) would be shut on the Saturday night for a wedding and a golf tournament celebration, so we ate Saturday night at the Sports Complex restaurant - extremely disappointing. We booked the room on the Le Meridian global website and were quoted a room price in USD. When we checked out, that rate had been transformed into "currency equivalent" - a Russian trait which equates neither to USD nor to Euro. Their "currency equivalent" is set at 30 rubles per CE. So that meant that, instead of 285 USD we were charged 285 CE which works out at 327 USD per night. The lounging area outside the indoor pool for sunbathing is tiny, despite all the space. The area housing filtration systems and other mechnical necessities for the area is situated right next to the pool lounge area, so it looks like you're sunbathing next to an industrial complex. And the outdoor pool is no bigger than a plunge pool. All together a very disappointing experience and one which we will not repeat. It certainly should not be a Le Meridien brand hotel. And if it's 5 stars, then that's 5 Russian stars. Basically a 3 star European complex.