The Ararat Park Hyatt

This 11-story Park Hyatt is not necessarily a beauty, with an un­­re—markable atrium-style core flanked by 216 rooms and suites. Yet it’s the only hotel we’ve found in Moscow that consistently understands service (an issue on which the Ritz-Carlton is perhaps too new to judge). There’s the concierge who can tell a divine bouquet of flowers from a good one and makes it his business to know that a certain Mos­cow beauty prefers white lilies above all. Director of rooms Matheo Georgiou is supremely efficient, arranging last-minute tickets to the Bolshoi when every­one else fails—and that’s not even his job. The location is perfect: a five- minute walk from Red Square and a short stroll from the glittering shops on Tverskaya Street. The rooms are likable enough, with a neutral, contemporary aesthetic in cosseting woods, creams, and browns (the six Winter Garden suites are especially desirable with their floor-to-ceiling windows). The square foot­age is generous, almost making up for the scary Russian price tag, and there’s an indoor pool and spa. Though the Park Hyatt is busy with business lunches, they never consume the hotel’s lively spirit. From $1,040. At 4 Ulitsa Neglin­naya; 7-495/783-1234;