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Business trip to Moscow

Old Oct 23, 15, 5:20 am
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Business trip to Moscow

Hi,

I've got a business trip coming up later this year, and we are likely going to stay at Hotel Metropole - http://metropol-moscow.ru/en/

The reviews on tripadvisor look pretty good. Any info or feedback?

Also, I won't have much time for sightseeing, but if I could cough out a few hours, where should I go, bearing in mind it would be in late November?

Cheers.
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Old Oct 23, 15, 6:09 am
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It is one of the most famous historical hotels in Moscow (somewhere close to Raffles as a comparasion) located right in the center of the city's center. Can't comment on the service level as I've never stayed there.
Kremlin, the Red Square, etc. are right next to the hotel, so if it's your first visit and you don't have a lot of time you can just take one of the usual tourist routes.
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Old Oct 23, 15, 7:10 am
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I stayed once at the Metropol and found it OK but not impressive service. For example, I turned up at 4pm but had to wait close to 30mins in the lobby until my room was ready.

I prefer other 5 star hotels such as the Swissotel (despite further from the center) or the Golden Ring hotel
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Old Oct 23, 15, 9:15 am
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Moscow is really good,take a trip on the Metro,visit Gum department store in Red Square,and have an ice cream,they are delicious,and expensive.Lots to see and do around your hotel,if you have time,visit the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour,about a 20 min walk from your hotel,enjoy the city.
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Old Oct 23, 15, 8:06 pm
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Originally Posted by liamvad View Post
Moscow is really good,take a trip on the Metro,visit Gum department store in Red Square,and have an ice cream,they are delicious,and expensive.Lots to see and do around your hotel,if you have time,visit the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour,about a 20 min walk from your hotel,enjoy the city.
Thanks for the tips. I would love to walk around but looking at the weather, it is going to be cold... (I come from hot and humid Singapore).

That said, I will still try.
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Old Nov 8, 15, 12:36 am
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Arrrgh.... the weather is expected to be very cold when I am there. Below zero. I am going to freeze. (I am a tropical creature...)
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You'll be fine, just dress warm. Everything inside is heated and with temps around zero, it's not THAT cold.
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Old Nov 9, 15, 11:01 pm
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You'll be fine, just dress warm. Everything inside is heated and with temps around zero, it's not THAT cold.
Thanks. I certainly hope I'll be able to take the cold because I hope to be able to spend some time walking around and exploring the city. I don't have much time outside business meetings but I still hope to be able to see whatever I can see.

Are you familiar with Moscow? What are the 'must-sees'?
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Old Nov 17, 15, 10:05 am
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Ok, I welcome myself to Moscow! Coming from Singapore, the scenery outside the window just before landing looked surreal, and of course, very cold.

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Old Nov 17, 15, 10:17 am
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Welcome! Minus one is not considered very cold here, even if it's mid-November
The scenery is even nicer when the whole area around the airport is covered with snow (might be the case for your return flight).
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I recently went to HEL,and it was -5!!!! So think yourself lucky.... Just enjoy Moscow,fantastic place.
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Originally Posted by iluvcruising2 View Post
Ok, I welcome myself to Moscow! Coming from Singapore, the scenery outside the window just before landing looked surreal, and of course, very cold.

https://youtu.be/I6fPSFq-ZP4
It's funny (and refreshing) to see from someone else's eyes what I take oh so for granted. If I land and it's -1 in Moscow I'm putting up my gloves and hat and unbuttoning my coat. It really is all relative to what you're used to.

You woulda laughed at me last November when I came to SIN the first time. Could not believe how many wide body aircraft there were and it was my first visit to a city state. Fascinating.

If you want to see some snow and feel some cold though, take a quick MR to TOF or OVB. That'll be something to tell your friends about back home.

Have a great trip!
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Thanks. yes, travelling the world opens up our eyes. Moscow has been interesting and I will fly home very soon.

Just listening to the pianist in the Hotel lobby play was a real privilege.

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Trip Report

Coming back to this thread brought back memories. I realised that I didn't update this thread after my trip. So here is the update. I posted this earlier under Trip Reports section. I guess should be ok to post here as well, since people will tend to come to this part of FlyerTalk to look for info on Russia.

We start.

I fly to Moscow and back within a few days, for a short but most fascinating experience. Singapore Airlines operates a daily flight to Houston via Moscow. I would be flying the Singapore-Moscow leg, and on return the Moscow to Singapore leg.

Flight SQ 62 scheduled departure from Singapore Changi was 0225hrs, wee hours of the morning. Alighting at the Terminal 3 concourse, number 5 gate, leads you directly to the Business Class check-in section.


This check-in section was rather empty that evening. Check-in was very quick, under 3 minutes. Going to Russia requires a Visa and the check-in staff was trying to find the visa on my passport. She had to flip through my passport a few times, but it was definitely there. Otherwise, there would be no Moscow trip for me.


This full sized X-wing craft was on display, close to the gates to the restricted area. The exhibit was closed for the evening, but plenty of people taking photos. There was also a 80% scale model of a TIE Fighter at Terminal 2, and I was quite tempted to go over to T2 to check it out, but I didn't.


Here is a video I made of the X-wing. It was a crowd favourite. People rushing to the restricted area would stop, take out their cameras and start taking photos/selfies/wefies... you name it.

The SilverKris Lounge in Terminal 3 was pretty busy at this time of the evening. This should be the evening peak, as many flights leave for Europe and other destinations in the late night and into wee hours of the morning. Still, it was not difficult to find a seat.


Here is a video I made of the SilverKris Lounge. You can see that it is a rather large lounge. I read that Singapore Airlines will be refurbishing this lounge, probably in 2017. This lounge is not new, but still classy.

Self-serve alcohol. Make your own drink.


I decided to make my own gin and tonic drink. There was tonic water and gin and lemon, so what was I waiting for?


Ingredients to make your drinks.


I had used this SilverKris lounge before but I hadn't explored the business area. There were at least 20 of such stations with nice wide screens and a grand total of zero lounge users were using the lounge IT equipment. These days, people bring their own mobile devices anyway. So this space is very underutilized. When the lounge is refurbished, this space could be put to better use.


Kid's Meal? Yes. This was the first time I noticed this sign. It could have been there before. You can approach staff to ask them for some kiddy food like nuggets and onion rings. There were very few kids in the lounge though, maybe 2 or 3 max.


This was showing on one of the large TV screens. President Hollande of France of addressing an urgent joint session of the French Parliament. The tragic Paris attacks had occurred recently. Condolences to all the victims.


In this screenshot, the caption is very apt. "Barbarians will not be able to change the face of France." Well, as the world figures out what to do against these terrorists and barbarians, let us also be very clear that these terrorists who claim to act in the name of Islam, are just using the name of a peaceful religion as a cover. I am not a Muslim (in fact, I believe in Jesus Christ as my one and only saviour) but I have Muslim friends and have worked with many of them, and even served in the Singapore Armed Forces (which is a largely conscript army) with many Muslim brothers. Yes, I call them my brothers because we stand together, fight together, for the common good of Singapore, regardless of race or religion. These are all good guys. Let us not equate Islam with the heinous actions of these ISIS barbarians.


Coming back to a more wholesome topic, I am still very chinese/asian at heart when it comes to food and the congee was very comforting before my long flight. The congee was a fish congee. I added the available condiments, and went over to the prawn noodle station to add some prawns!


I must have spent more than 2 hours in the lounge. Well, time flew by. The internet connection was pretty fast and some work kept me busy. The lounge cleared out a lot past 1am, but soon it was time for me to make my way to the gate, which wasn't too far away.


It was late (or early), and the crowd waiting to board clearly looked tired. Most of the passengers were Caucasian. Well, not surprising. Let me put up my two flight videos here first, before going into more pictures and descriptions. This time, I decided to break the video into 2 parts instead of one mega long video.

SQ 62 Video Part 1 - boarding, take-off, drinks service before the meal

SQ 62 Video Part 2 - supper is served, sleep, breakfast and landing

Now, back to the picture Trip Report. This is a Boeing 777-300ER with the older Business Cabin product. SQ has had a New Business Class product since late 2013. Well, the retrofitting seems to be taking forever. Nevertheless, I shall enjoy whatever I have to enjoy! Privileged to be flying in a premium cabin.


I am stretching out my legs.


Being a flight to Russia, they had to have a Russian version of the menu. Sorry about the orientation of the picture as I do not know how to get it to stand upright. If a moderator could help, that would be great. I think this shows Singapore to Moscow - Supper.


Another page of the menu. Well, you get the idea. Anyway, watch Part 1 of the video where I go through the English part of the menu.


The cabin crew came around to offer drinks before departure. I chose the orange juice. There was some alcohol on offer, but I can't remember what.


My choice for the after takeoff drink was the Singapore Sling. Some say this tastes like alcoholic fruit punch. But I do like it. It makes me happy. Here, the table has been set up for the meal service, which is supper.


The starter was some prawn salad. Cold dish, which was fine. I ate the prawns, that's about it. Quite juicy.


For the main, I chose the Thai style Pork Curry option. This was good, for airline food. Now that I am looking at the photo, it struck me that the dish looked spicy. In reality, it wasn't spicy at all. I don't even think that it was mildly spicy. It was, however, very flavourful. Not a bad dish.


For dessert, I had the creme brulee. A rather heavy dessert, but it looked really pretty. I couldn't finish this portion. Took about 1/3 and left the rest.


And finally, some cheese and crackers to end off. By this time, I felt really stuffed. I didn't eat that much on the plane. It must have been the lounge food as well.


I had a decent sleep, though I didn't sleep for long. In fact, when I woke up, I figured there was still 1.5 hours before they started breakfast service. So I asked for noodles to eat. I got this big bowl of noodles, which I ate barely half. Skeletons had come out to play by then.


I kept my seat in bed mode even as breakfast was approaching. It was time again for another breakfast in bed. Got some fresh fruit and croissant to start.


It was curious how this funny looking chap on a horse got onto my plate. Wonder where that came from. Anyway, I am not keen on horse meat. See you!


This was what I was waiting for! Nasi Lemak Book the Cook Breakfast. Now, this was simply awesome. I am sure there is better Nasi Lemak on land, but somehow, this was just so special. The sambal was outstanding. Looking at the picture makes my mouth water.


Watching this video makes my saliva drip all over my keyboard. (Ok, exaggeration)

We landed safely in Moscow, and the temperature was minus 1 deg. For a guy from the tropics like me, that sounded really cold. But my Russian friends said that the weather was pretty mild. Ok.


Disembarkation was smooth and our pick-up was at the airport waiting for us. Stay tuned for more pictures and videos of Moscow, as well as the flight back to Singapore.
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Old Jan 17, 16, 5:05 am
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Arrival in Moscow

We were picked up by our business associates from the airport, which was nice. I wasn't sure how we would get into the city, so was happy to be picked up.


Another picture of the Terminal from the area where we boarded the car.


Looked pretty cold. Glad to be in a warm car. I recall it was a relatively new Toyota Camry. The car heads towards the exit of the airport.


The journey from Moscow Airport to Hotel Metropol would take us an hour and a half. The jams were quite bad, as we approached the city. I realised that the cars in Russia were fairly new, mainly Japanese and Korean brands. But many of them were also very dirty, like seen in this picture.


In this video, see some scenes of outside.

By the time I arrived at the Hotel Metropol, it was past 11am. Fortunately, my room was ready and I could check-in. But this was not the time to rest. I left my bags and decided to go for a walk.

This video shows you the area immediately outside the hotel plus some footage of the hotel lobby.

Outside the hotel. The building on the right is Hotel Metropol. Temperature was about -2 deg. Not cold for locals, but rather nippy for me!


A view of the Bolshoi from across the road. Yes, the Bolshoi was just across the road from Hotel Metropol. She looks a bit sad in the cloudy weather.


Here is the Bolshoi at night. Much better yah.


This was the ice on the ground just outside the Bolshoi at night. See the brightly lit building on the right? That is Tsum.


I suppose this type of snow isn't considered thick at all.


This was Tsum at night. Very pretty.


Ok, back to the day time cloudy scenes. I made my way to the Red Square from Hotel Metropol. This is the video footage of my walk there from Hotel Metropol.

Here are some pictures.


The very famous St Basil Cathedral. Awesome, even though it was a very cloudy day.


The Kremlin.


And here is the St Basil Cathedral at night.


This is a video I made showing more of the Red Square, in the day and at night. Given that there was no sun in the day, the night views were much better. The security was quite tight at the Red Square. There were cordons as well as many policemen and policewomen guarding the place. A large security presence indeed. Well, it was quite an experience to be walking around the Red Square in Moscow! So, I relished the experience indeed.
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