Best of the Best 2012: Spirits: Elit by Stolichnaya Pristine Water Series: The Himalayan Edition

Russians invented vodka centuries ago, but the U.S. government only recognized the clear spirit (which was deemed odorless and tasteless) as a separate spirit category in 1951. Since then, distillers have striven to create super-premium versions of vodka that respect its heritage while offering the complexity and depth of other spirits. In this regard, Stolichnaya […]

A Premiere Russian Voyage

Dutch liner Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has added a unique 17-day journey through Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk this summer, which cruises through the rarely traveled Kuril, Shantar, and Malminskie islands and more, thanks to the vessel’s top ice class ranking, shallow draft, and adept maneuverability. Departing from Japan’s northwest city of Otaru onboard the 184-passenger MS Hanseatic, […]

Stoli’s Pristine Vodka

When first unveiled in 2003, elit by Stolichnaya vodka justified its $60 premium price with promises of unparalleled purity and crispness delivered by a cold filtration process that makes it easier to separate impurities and particulates from the spirit. Today, Stolichnaya is upping the ante with the debut of the elit Pristine Waters Series Himalayan […]

Sneak Peek: InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya, Russia

Centrally located near the Kremlin and Red Square, the InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya opened this month with 203 rooms (from $850 per night), including three penthouse suites (price upon request), along with 10 meeting rooms. Other hotel features include a traditional Russian restaurant overlooking the city and a historic ballroom for private dining and events. A […]

Stolichnaya White Pomegranik

The object in making fine vodka, until recently, has been largely to eliminate rather than to exaggerate flavors. Popular taste, however, has gone in the opposite direction. Today’s flavored and flavor-infused vodkas run the gamut of essences, from the obvious (orange, cacao, cassis, coffee, and tea) to the unimaginable (bacon and salmon). Yet not all distillers […]

Grand Hotel Europe

Ideally situated on Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg’s main shopping boulevard, the Grand Hotel Europe overlooks the multicolored onion domes of the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood. Gilt-framed paintings of the church and other local landmarks complement crystal chandeliers and Oriental rugs in the hotel’s premier suites, Lidval and Rossi. The Grand has installed […]

Contributors: On the Road Again

Freelance journalist James Sturz has written for more than 60 magazines and newspapers, and he has authored a novel set in Italy. For his first contribution to Robb Report, he roamed the back roads between Rome and Bologna in three vintage Italian sports cars (“Via Flaminia,” page 94). The eight-day, seven-night trip led him through […]

Best of the Best 2008: Hotels: The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow

From the guest rooms at the Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, visitors can gaze across Red Square to the Kremlin, the city’s iconic onion domes, and other architectural remnants of this nation’s turbulent past. But inside the hotel itself, guests experience an extravagance unique to modern-day Moscow. A $350 million renovation has transformed a drab, Soviet-era auberge into […]

The Robb Report 100 Hotels: Moscow The Ritz-Carlton

Few hotels better representrecent social, political, cultural, and economic changes than the Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, which opened in July within spying distance of Red Square, the Kremlin, and Lenin’s tomb. Located on Tverskaya Street—Moscow’s version of Broadway—the 334-room property occupies the site of what was once a shady, Soviet-era hotel that was about as welcoming as […]