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The Ritz, located in the former Intourist hotel where most foreigners stayed in Soviet times, is one of Moscow's most elegant hotels. As you might expect, the location is excellent, right on the bustling Tverskaya street and a few minutes from the Kremlin. Lots of marble and gilded details, as well as a sweeping staircase, faithfully replicate 19th-century classicism without going overboard. The guest rooms are decorated with furniture of polished dark cherry and burl wood. The Ritz-Carlton signature beds, covered with Frette linens, are very comfortable, and the bathrooms come with lots of marble accents. The O2 restaurant serves very good Asian fusion, and at night it turns into one of Moscow's hottest clubs, with more than its share of celebrities and VIPs.