Hotel Nikol'skaya Kempinski Moscow's interiors designed by Leo International Design Group

Kempinski Hotels opened the Hotel Nikol’skaya Kempinski Moscow after six years of reconstruction. It is the group’s second hotel in the Russian capital.

Located at the corner of Nikol’skaya Street and Lubyanka Square, the complex of historical buildings comprising the Nikol’skaya Kempinski Hotel offers views of the capital’s historical downtown area, including major landmarks and symbols such as Red Square and the Kremlin. Nearby are the Bolshoi Theatre, the Duma, department store GUM and the Lubyanka metro station.

The history of Nikol’skaya Street dates back to 1547 during the reign of Ivan the Terrible, while the retail area was known for the exclusive Koeller perfumery business and for chocolate shops. The hotel building was constructed in the 1870s and was the residence of Count Orlov-Davydov until the early years of the 20th century. Its historical façade has been restored, with the conservation of decorative mosaics made by Edouard Nierman in 1907 which grace the hotel’s MosaiK restaurant.


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As part of the hotel’s design, updates include the chandeliers hung throughout the Nikol’skaya Kempinski. The interiors were designed by Leo International Design Group, which also designed the Emirates Palace by Kempinski in Abu Dhabi, among others.

Reminiscent of an old-world ocean liner with an upper deck and curved staircases, the lobby has a multi-colored stained glass dome and Art Deco furniture. Throughout the hotel, preservation of the building’s illustrious history fuses with the refurbishment of modern facilities.

Nikol’skaya Kempinski houses 211 rooms and suites. A number of rooms have small balconies with a view of the interior courtyard patio.

The two Presidential Suites decorated in a palette of gold, white and beige, each measuring 2,691 square feet in size and benefit from panoramic views over Lubyanka Square and the Historical Museum. The accommodation layout has a drawing room with a dining table and a relaxation area, bedroom and a bathroom with an oversized bath and a separate shower area as well as a guest bathroom. Guests may also choose to have the suite connected to two Deluxe rooms to form a three-bedroom suite. A separate entrance and personal butler service are additional aspects of the suite.

The 157 Deluxe and Superior rooms are decorated in brown and beige tones, with many still boasting their original high ceilings. Fine fabrics, gilded oak, marble and crystal all combine to echo the Belle Époque era. The accommodations measure 323 square feet to 377 square feet for Superior rooms; and 377 square feet to 517 square feet for Deluxe.

The rooms also have a sitting area with a work desk, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, a 42-inch flat-screen interactive TV and a smart control pad. Decorated in white marble with small dark blue and golden mosaic tiles, bathrooms include a bathtub and a separate shower cabin.

MosaiK is an all-day dining restaurant helmed by executive chef Marco Alban. Anohter dining venue bears the name of the building’s first owner, the Orlov Lobby Lounge and Bar.

Hotel Nikol’skaya’s conference facilities are lit by either natural daylight or contemporary chandeliers. They are designed to host events for 16 or for up to 180 people. Highlights include the Kandinsky grand ballroom, with an area of 2,153 square feet, designed for receptions, cocktails and celebrations, and the Malevich boardroom, which overlooks Lubyanka Square.

The Spa at the Nikol’skaya will be operated by L.Raphael, originating in Geneva, Switzerland and launching in Russia for the first time. Facilities include an indoor patio-style swimming pool and a fitness center. Guests of the hotel can visit the adjacent Nikol’skaya Health Club, which is 26,910 square feet in size.