Accor has partnered with Kievskaya Ploshchad Group of Companies to open the first Raffles hotel in Russia in 2022, located in Moscow.

The hotel will be situated close to the Kremlin, at the intersection of the city park Zaryadye, Varvarka Street and Slavyanskaya Square, with views of the Red Square and the Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed.

Raffles Moscow will include 153 rooms and suites over nine floors, all with views of the city, with four rooms providing exclusive access to the outdoor terrace of the hotel’s courtyard.

The design of Raffles Moscow has been developed by British studio Winch and Accor’s luxury design team, and will preserve the historical character of surrounding facades. Features will include a grand entrance through a historical arch, and a unique mosaic outdoor courtyard. The developers are also ensuring that the section of the building adjacent to the ancient Kitaygorodskaya Wall is carefully curated.

Wellness facilities will include a spa with a Russian bath and thermal zones, a fitness centre with a 25-metre swimming pool, and beauty salon services. There will also be a spacious events centre, with a 730 sqm ballroom, four meeting rooms between 47-83 sqm and an outdoor space.

The hotel will boast five fine dining venues, including three signature chef restaurants and a branch of the French luxury bakery Ladurée, led by famous Russian restaurateur Alexander Rappoport. The hotel will also have an outpost of the iconic Raffles Long Bar in homage to the first Raffles hotel in Singapore, home to the renowned Singapore Sling cocktail.

God Nisanov, CEO of Kievskaya Ploshchad Group of Companies, said:

“Another significant embodiment of Kievskaya Ploshchad Group of Companies mission is a luxurious hotel in Varvarka Street. We bring to life innovative projects and create opportunities for people to work, develop and rest in high-quality environments. Therefore, Kievskaya Ploshchad is proud to present a multi-faceted hotel, and residential complex in historical Varvarka Street – a new destination icon of hospitality.

“Raffles Moscow has been developed to sensitively respect the recommendations of the Ministry of Culture and in close cooperation with the Department of Cultural Legacy of Moscow. Leading upscale designers and creative architects of the world have collaborated to bring all elements of the project together. This is a unique project in terms of the architectural value and the level of personalized service that will be delivered together with Accor and its acclaimed Raffles brand. We are very excited to move the project forward with our partners and firmly believe this iconic address will significantly increase the international attractiveness of Moscow in the tourism industry”.

Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO of Accor, added:

“Announcing the arrival of the iconic Raffles brand in Russia is an extraordinary moment for Accor. The hotel’s unique location and legendary Raffles service will make it one of the most exciting openings of 2022 for Accor. It is a privilege to be working in partnership with Kievskaya Ploshchad Group of Companies and we look forward to bringing this new jewel to life”.

Raffles also plans to operate the first Raffles-branded residences in Europe in London in 2022.