Hotel of the Moment

Moscow goes modern

"The Ararat Park Hyatt is about Moscow now," says the hotel's communications manager, Andrey Abadjidi. "It's the future." That's immediately clear when you step into the 11-story lobby atrium with steel-and-glass elevators going up to a happening rooftop bar overlooking the Bolshoi Theatre. The rooms are beige and white with cherrywood furniture and marble bathrooms. Of the three restaurants, the updated Armenian Café Ararat is the most satisfying. But it's the spa that shows real currency: There's a heated indoor pool, Roman bath, and treatments like balneotherapy and sharko. Rooms, $400-$2,800. At 4 Neglinnaya St.; 7-095-783-1234;

Hotel prices show high-season rates from the least expensive double to the most expensive suite.