Hotel History

In more than hundred years of its history the National has lived through times of prosperity and devastation, been at the centre of war and revolution and has shared all the misfortunes and upheavals that have been Russia's fate over this eventful century. The National's guests today include state leaders and prominent politicians, public figures, scientists, businessmen, writers, actors and musicians. The National is one of the centres of public, political and cultural life in Russia today.


Interesting Facts

  • The hotel's building designed by architect Alexander Ivanov was built in 1902
  • The hotel welcomed the first guests in 1903 with 160 rooms and was named “Natsional’naya”. The interior makes the emphatic reference on the main staircase of the unique design made of white marble with gilt plastered decorations and metal barriers.
  • From 1903 to 1910 a set of postcards was issued with the representation of the Natsional’naya.
  • In 1933, the National became part of the Intourist the state company for foreign tourism.
  • At the end of the 1960s, a modern glass and concrete hotel, the Intourist, was built just next to the National. In 1983, the State Committee for Foreign Tourism merged the National and the Intourist hotels into a single complex. In 1989, a new decision was made to reorganize the National-Intourist hotel complex and separate it into two independent hotels again.
  • 1995 the National became the part of the Le Meridien hotel chain, one of the world's biggest hotel chains and owns five-star hotels around the world.
  • In 2000 on the recommendation of Le Meridien, the National was renamed the Le Royal Meridien National.
  • In 2009 the National joined the Luxury Collection by Starwood Hotels & Resorts, a glittering ensemble of more than 70 of the world's finest hotels and resorts around the world. The Luxury Collection® is a selection of hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories.

Suite 177

There was the reading room with a large library; the latest issues of newspapers and magazines were delivered there. This is currently one of the Kremlin Suites.

Room 107

In October 1917, this room was chosen to accommodate Vladimir Lenin. Lenin and Nadezda Krupskaya spent seven days. This is currently one of the Kremlin Suites. In addition to Vladimir Lenin the National Hotel accommodated other soviet leaders: Trotsky and Dzerzhinsky.

Suite 101

This suite was called ‘Louis XVI Suite’ and Suite 115 was the ‘Louis XV Suite’. A few pieces of the original interior decoration have survived: paintings on the ceilings in Suite 115 and the fireplace decorated with white marble and a metal lattice in Apartment 101. These are now the Presidential Suites.

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