Since this eight-storey hotel opened in 2004, the Golden Apple has successfully played off the amusing contrast between its classical 19th century facade in the heart of the business district (close to Pushkin Square) and its resolutely contemporary interiors.
Canadian architect Rafael Shafir was inspired by the colours of the rainbow to create original, though slightly cramped, rooms kitted out with orange sofas, red shelves, and blue chairs. The rooms include Philippe Starck accessories and jet-black curtains to block, if necessary, the view of the blue spires of the lovely Nativity of Our Lady of Poutinki Church across the way for an aesthetic that is minimalist, luxurious, and avant-garde. Check out the hookah lounge before sitting down to the hotel's innovative cuisine.
With its elegant backlit displays, this Golden Apple flagship is a favourite of executives and foodies, who like its affordable rates, both during the week and at weekends.
Malaya Dmitrovka, 11
+7 495 980 70 00
Rooms: from 4,847 RUB