Triumph Palace Hotel occupies the top three floors of a residential skyscraper offering amazing panoramic views of Moscow at 264 meters high! Triumph Palace is the highest hotel in Russia and Europe. The amazing views make this hotel well worth a stay when visiting Moscow.
Location: Chapaevsky Pereulok 3, Entrance 2, Moscow, Russia
While Triumph Palace is in downtown Moscow I wouldn’t recommend it for its proximity to major sites, but mainly for the view and experience. The neighborhood that it is in is quite pretty, so it’s definitely worth a walk. There are also some good restaurants in the area too. Red Square and the Kremlin are about 5 miles away. Too far to walk, but you can take the metro which is cheap and convenient. Sokol metro station is about a half a mile from the hotel. You can take this metro line to the Teatralnaya station near the Red Square. You could also use Uber, it is convenient and extremely inexpensive. It will cost about $5 to get from the hotel to Red Square.
Triumph Palace is not very close to any of the airports. The best way to get to the hotel/airport is by taxi. A regular taxi at the airport is very expensive. Some companies will try to charge you $100+ from any of the airports below. Hotel transfers may cost less than taxis but are still pretty expensive. I recommend taking Uber. It’s safe, convenient, and extremely affordable. Most taxi drivers do not speak English, but that’s okay because they already know where to bring you.
There are three airports in Moscow:
Vnukovo International Airport – 27 miles – cost with Uber: $25
Sheremetyevo International Airport – 16 miles – cost with Uber: $18
Domodedovo Moscow Airport – 36 miles – cost with Uber: $30
The first thing you need to be aware of is how to get in and find the reception desk. I don’t remember getting any information about this before my stay. It’s a little complicated!
Upon entering the parking lot of the complex you have to let the security guard know that you are a guest at the hotel. If you don’t speak Russian I would recommend showing the guard the name of the hotel in Russian: Триумф-Палас and showing him your luggage.
Once the guard lets you into the complex you will need to walk through the parking lot and enter the main entrance. There will be another person sitting at a lobby desk once you enter. That person did not ask me any questions so I just proceeded to the elevators.
Once in the elevator, you will need to press the button for “R1”.
Once you reach “R1” you have to take another elevator (directly on the right after getting out of the first elevator) to floor 13.
Once you get to the 13th floor the reception area is right across from the elevator.
Even though you are taking the elevator to floor 13, Triumph Palace actually occupies floors 55, 56, and 57.
Check-in is 2 PM and check-out is 12 PM.
I was so excited to check-in and see my room, but was pretty disappointed with the process. The moment I got out of the elevator I was enveloped in a cloud of cigarette smoke. It was very unpleasant. The property is listed as smoke-free. As I walked to the check-in desk the employee seemed very annoyed (had I just interrupted her smoke break?). She did not smile or tell me anything about the hotel. She just asked for my method of payment. I gave her my credit card and she charged me right away. I was charged $145 for a standard double room for one night. Usually, you pay at check-out, but not here. She returned my card and without saying anything walked out from behind the desk and out of the reception area. I figured she must be taking me to my room, so I followed her.
She opened the door to my room “Rome” and showed me in.
She told me a few details, but I couldn’t make out if she was speaking in Russian or English so I wasn’t sure what she was telling me. She did show me a menu and mentioned Wi-Fi. Then she left. I was not impressed. Lucky for her the view distracted me as soon as I left.
All I can say is, “what an amazing view!” Based on my overall experience here the only thing I felt this hotel had going for it was the view. Even though it was cloudy you could still see so much of Moscow, and in the evening seeing all the lights of the city was phenomenal. I actually felt dizzy when I first walked up to the windows and looked out. Luckily the weather the next morning was a little better and I was able to see more of the city.
The room itself was decorated to represent Rome. Each room has a theme from a different city around the world. I wouldn’t have guessed this represented Rome if the city name wasn’t listed on the door. The room was overwhelmingly brown. Other than a few paintings I am not really sure how this theme represented Rome.
The room itself was comfortable and very clean. Once inside the room, I didn’t smell any cigarette smoke like I did in the hall.
The bathroom was rather small and didn’t seem to match the room decor at all. However, there were plenty of towels, a toothbrush, shampoo & conditioner, and most importantly hot water in the shower.
There were two things I really did not like about the bathroom.
First, there was no space to set toiletries. I had to keep everything outside the bathroom and keep going back and forth to get what I needed.
Second, the floor was uneven and I kept stubbing my toe each time I went to the bathroom.
My room included a TV, refrigerator, a hot water boiler, hairdryer, room service, a small mini-bar, and Wi-Fi. The one thing that I felt was missing was a bathrobe.
The hotel offered free parking (this is great because parking in Moscow can be expensive), laundry service, and airport transport. However, I did email them to request an airport transfer but I never received a reply. In the end that was okay, because I saved a lot of money by taking Uber, but they still should have replied to my email.
Since this hotel is a little different as it is part of a residential complex there wasn’t any access to a pool or fitness center.
I would recommend spending only one night at this hotel. While the view is fantastic there isn’t anything else that is really impressive at the hotel.
For amazing views of Moscow, you just can’t go wrong by spending one night at Triumph Palace!