First built in 1851 and then remodeled in the 21st century, this centrally located and massive hotel is one of the oldest in the city. It's hard to beat the location, which is right on Nevsky Prospekt, across the street from the Moscow train station and near the Mayakovsky train station. The lobby is full of Russian Imperial splendor, with marble, mirrors, and gilded statues. The rooms are much more basic, but you will appreciate the large windows and high ceilings. Be prepared for the building's very long corridors, which are common in many large buildings in Russia.