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Hotel Baltschug Kempinski - Moscow
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Moscow, Russia
6 Stars and 5 Stripes
Society - Extraordinary
December - 2005
6 Stars & 5 Stripes
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A big bright smile greeted us as we approached the exit gate at vibrant Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport after arriving from Riga, Latvia on a brisk early December afternoon. Snow was in the air, at least that's what my photographer Arno predicted. There standing in front of us diligent and professional, our uniformed Russian chauffeur preparing to take our luggage to the opened door of a waiting BMW 750 IL. A delightful automobile under any circumstance, more so since it was sent to fetch us by the respected Hotel Baltschug Kempinski for the 20 minuite ride to the very epicenter of the Golden City, Moscow.
On the horizon danced the fascinating onion dome silhouettes framed by a sky that had now turned into a deeper icy aquamarine blue. There drifted a unique, but familiar smell of pine wood crackling in an open fire throughout the air. Moscow is the capital of 'Mother Russia', and the Kempinski Baltschuk Hotel is located just across the Moskva River near the Kremlin that is Russia's historic and cultural center. This fortunate location proved to be a perfect base to explore one of the world's historically most significant cities. Moscow is envied for their precious patrimony in the likes of Saint Basil's Cathedral. The Patriarch of Moscow, whose residence is the nearby Danilov Monastery serves as the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in a location built only 100+ years after the founding of the city itself. Notwithstanding, the marvelous world famous Bolshoi Theatre just beacons to be visited with arrangements that can be made with the hotel's concierge.
Our accommodations were of understated business elegance with a view that can only be described as 'To die for'! My suite was spacious, private and nicely furnished; the bathroom immaculate and functional and designed with the discerning single business traveler in mind but well equipped in the European style. I unpacked quickly, slipped into a comfortable bathrobe provided by the hotel, ever in awe over the glory of the imperial Red Square - and placed my laptop on the secretary to establish a connection to my office in New York, which the wireless internet connection allowed me to do. Suite
“Only the elite are on the top.” © ~ TB
A glass enclosed luxurious European hotel spa is located in the lower level of the hotel building and an ideal escape. Be assured of a high level of security and privacy since the spa is not open to the public. I had a delicious banana milk shake from the health bar and sat down on a lounge chair at the pool while Arno sipped on a freshly squeezed glass of orange juice in the amply sized Jacuzzi. This oasis of elegance and calm was a great way to unwind. Within a short time I could feel the tension of the last days leave my body and I fell into a light sleep over the 'Sounds of Silence'.
Award Hand Out at the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski
After very successfully managing the celebrated Hotel Adlon Kempinski in Berlin, Germany, GM Van Daalen took over the management of the Kempinski Baltschug, Moscow rather recently. Exquisitely dressed and capable, Van Daalen has received numerous national and international awards for his achievements and it will be a pleasure watching him put his personal innovative touch on this project. Recently a personal butler service had been added to the amenities package and is now available at the hotel. A European camera team was on premises coordinating the filming of the latest adventures of GM Van Daalen and his staff as they were being honored at a ceremony commemorating the presentation of the Seven Stars and Stripes Award for outstanding hospitality, professionalism and cuisine.
“Only the utmost achievements in hospitality, service and cuisine earn the right
to be recognized through our prestigious award.” ~ TB
by Thorsten Buehrmann & Arno Goudschaal

Editor: Ingrid Lemme

Editor-in-Chief: John Lomitola
© 2005 ~ Seven Stars and Stripes, Inc.

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