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Golden Apple Boutique Hotel 4.5

Tverskaya, Moscow, Central Russia

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  • Located in Tverskaya, one of Moscow's main shopping districts
  • Historic 19th-century exteriors with mod-designer interiors
  • Rooms have free Wi-Fi, optional minibars, and bathrobes
  • Breakfast included
  • On-site restaurant serves traditional Russian and European cuisine 
  • 24-hour lobby bar 
  • Small fitness center, sauna, and hot tub 
  • Business center and two meeting rooms 
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout 


  • Refinishing needs a facelift
  • Stark room decor
  • Fitness room and meeting rooms are small

Bottom Line

Beyond the Golden Apple's chiseled, 19th-century facade is a 92-room luxury hotel with designer decor, mod flourishes, and upscale dining. This boutique property is set in the Tverskaya District of Moscow, a 12th-century neighborhood known for its opera houses and historic architecture. Guest rooms have a rainbow theme and include Wi-Fi, optional minibars, and free breakfast. But travelers could also consider the Peter I, another modern hotel built in an historic building, but with more traditional decor, closer proximity to Red Square, and higher rates. 

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Hip, innovatively refurbished 19th-century building 

Canadian architect Rafael Shafir combined the influences of rainbow colors and apples when he redesigned the 19th-century building that houses the Golden Apple Boutique hotel. While that approach may conjure images of a children's cereal box, the common areas are more reminiscent of a W Hotel or the Soho House. Dark wood walls are accented with canary yellow tables, granny smith-shaded chairs, and lavender lighting, creating a sleek, upscale atmosphere. The hotel's pub has a frosty white bar with a motif of leaves projected into it. In the lobby is the hotel's piece de resistance: a giant golden apple that guests can recline inside. Most guests are business travelers, though the property also draws leisure travelers who appreciate distinctly styled boutique hotels.  


Near Art Nouveau buildings and high-end shops

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the Tverskaya neighborhood was the center of Moscow's social life and a home for nobility. As a result, there are still several mansions and buildings in the neighborhood that exemplify the height of Russian Art Nouveau architecture. The Golden Apple Boutique hotel is on a side street near a bigger boulevard with several restaurants, shops, and bars. Tverskaya street, about a 10-minute walk away, is filled with pricey stores such as Christian Louboutin. The Kremlin is a 10-minute drive away, while the Bolshoi Theater is five minutes by car. A taxi ride to Domodedovo International Airport will take about an hour.


Stylish and a little stark, with free bottled water and Wi-Fi

On each floor of the Golden Apple Boutique Hotel, architect Rafael Shafir focused on a different color band of the rainbow, making each a little distinct, at least in its hues. In the guest rooms, the modern furniture creates a lot of clean lines: dark wood platform beds, glass tables, angular sitting chairs, and carpet covered with black and gray cubes. While the rooms are spacious, the minimalist furniture makes the environment feel a little sparse. The Standard bathrooms, with metal sinks and block walls, and showers or bathtubs, are also pretty stark. Still, rooms include plenty of nice perks: free Wi-Fi, free bottled water, optional minibars, designer toiletries, bathrobes, and daily newspapers. However, some TVs are tube-style. There are also two suites with wet bars that include stainless steel mini-fridges, coffeemakers, glassware, and sinks.


Free breakfast, stylish restaurants, sauna, and more

The Golden Apple Boutique Hotel has a lot of the expected features of a luxury hotel; some are more successful than others. Included with room packages is a free buffet breakfast that gets positive remarks from guests; a la carte breakfast is available for a fee throughout the day and night. The Apple Bar is open 24 hours, and there's 24-hour room service. The sauna, hot tub, and gym are a little small, as are the two meeting rooms. The on-site restaurant is impressively designed and serves excellent Russian and continental food along with a lengthy wine list. One lovely detail: The restaurant's backdrop screens with apple trees were designed by a Bolshoi theater director.

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Malaya Dmitrovka St., 11, Moscow, Central Russia 127006, Russia

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