I have been often asked to visit and write about luxury hotels around the world and have generally become highly critical of the abuse of the word âluxuryâ. To make a claim to be a luxury property is one thing, but to be able to provide luxury through and through is something else! So often one is sold âluxuryâ and therefore the expectations start higher but so often the reality does not live up to the expectations.
However my recent visit to the Hotel Rodniki was quite the opposite. I had no idea what to expect and arrival at night in the middle of the first snowfall of the winter hardly prepared me for the wonderful surprises ahead.
The Hotel Rodniki is a luxury boutique hotel comprising of just 6 luxury cottages, the reception building and the restaurant/bar located in a massive parkland on 7 hectares. Moscow architects Atrium Bureau created the project design, ensuring an amazing adaptation to suit the unspoilt rural landscape. There is so much space between the cottages and they are so designed that you hardly see another person.
The interior design by highly talented Russian interior designers, Mikhail & Dmitry Ganevich, is modern, spacious and welcoming. Clever use of natural stone and wood has created a wonderful blend of traditional and new. The smallest âroomsâ are the one-bedroom deluxe suites with a whopping 155 sq. meters of space each. The main room is vast, featuring large windows facing the forest, an open fireplace with stone chimney, dining table and lounge area. There is a tea/coffee kitchen with coffee machine, sink and large well stocked mini bar. The beautiful wood shingle wall reveals a secret of a hidden high tech TV that emerges at the touch of a button. All window blinds are also fully automated.
The sumptuous bedroom is large and bright, yet cosy with panoramic windows, large walk in closet and a beautifully appointed bathroom.
So quite normal? No! Attention to even the smallest detail is what makes the Hotel Rodniki so special. All materials are of the highest standard, 600 weave Egyptian cotton sheets, soft voluminous towels, Chopard bathroom amenities have been carefully selected to provide full support to a truly luxury product.
The hotel is located approx. 80 kilometres from Moscow. If you donât travel on a Friday evening the journey time is around two hours. The hotel cottages are located in a large forested plot ensuring privacy and extreme quiet. There is a very comfortable restaurant and bar that ideally suits this countryside setting. Service is friendly and efficient and there is an English menu. Rodniki provides a relaxed and informal dining experience with well prepared favourites made from very fresh ingredients. The dining experience is complemented by an extensive wine list with many excellent wines at most reasonable prices.
Breakfast can be taken in the restaurant but a short call to room service brings all that you require to the comfort of the table in your suite. A wonderful start to the day with fresh products, a roaring fire and views out on to the snow covered forest.
The Hotel Rodniki is perfect if you need to get out of the stress of Moscow for a weekend. There is nothing to do other than relax, eat and drink! This is not actually quite true, as there is a small spa, small fitness room and a charming sauna cottage that features a Japanese bath outside and Finnish sauna. You can also order your massage in this cottage.
Each of the 6 cottages comprises of a one-bedroom suite and a 2-bed duplex. The two units can be combined by renting the entire villa making a total of 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and sofa beds for an additional 4 people. Ideal for large families, birthday celebrations and even corporate retreats.
It is not cheap but you really receive the comfort and quality that should be associated with a true luxury hotel.