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Built on top of the Ararat Armenian restaurant in 1993, this hotel quickly became a top luxury option. After recent renovations, the rooms feature Italian designer carpets, leather chairs, bathrooms with "infinite" mirrors, and door handles that look like glittering Fabergé eggs. The location, on posh Neglinnaya Street, is within walking distance of the Kremlin, the GUM and TSUM department stores, and the Bolshoi. And the breakfast, not included in room rates, is outstanding, with unlimited freshly squeezed orange juice and espresso.