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Built in 1912, this celebrated hotel is on a quiet old street near the Kremlin, the Bolshoi and Maly theaters, and countless restaurants and bars. Through the years it has hosted such celebrated greats as Isadora Duncan, Luciano Pavarotti, and Richard Gere. These days its interior features a very ornate neoclassical Italian design, with painted ceilings, mirrors, gold, and marble. Rooms are equally lavish, with glamorous Italian furniture and antique decorations. The large bathrooms are the highlight here, with marble countertops, heated marble floors, and gilded faucets. By the way, the lobby bar is cozy, but be sure to check the price of what you're ordering—some wines can cost as much as RUB2,000 by the glass.