Grand Hotel Europe

This 130-year-old grande dame, which has hosted cul­tural lumi­nar­ies from Johann Strauss to Sting, has always been the best place in town to rub shoul­ders with the elite. And since 2005, while staying open for business it em­­barked on a Herculean re­­vamp that will be completed next year. The chicest scene is found at the Art Nouveau Lobby Bar. And with the return of its orig­inal im­­pe­­rial in­­terior, the Caviar Bar is again a destination for in­­ti­mate dining, where one can sam­ple myr­­iad varieties of the deli­cacy for which it was named. The Grand is part of the Orient-Express Ho­­tel group. From $650 to $5,050. At 1/7 Mikhail­ov­skaya Ulitsa; grand