The lush winter garden cafe is reason enough to stay in this hotel, or at least stop in for a drink. Built recently, but in the style of the 17th-century mansions that once lined this neighborhood, the two-story hotel is somewhat overpriced for its location, though online discounts are easy to find. The Sretenka offers a more intimate Russian experience than the chains, yet has all the modern amenities, unlike its Soviet-era counterparts. Adjacent Ulitsa Sretenka has plenty of shops and restaurants less frequented by the tourist crowds, and the neighboring lanes are full of old churches and architectural finds from past centuries -- though no major tourist sights. The hotel is located between two metro stations, a good 10-minute walk to either one. Rooms are tastefully arranged with a combination of modern Scandinavian design and a few antiques. Russian and foreign executives are regulars at the Sretenka; tour groups are rare because it's so small. Breakfast and VAT are included in the room rate.
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- Highly Recommended 2010