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Moscow Christmas

It’s that time of the year again, the cheerful season when cold cannot stop children from dreaming, and adults from becoming children. Winter has its magic, especially when the Christmas light glitter over streets and parks, and beautiful, colorful ornaments set up a special mood. You are not just waiting for Christmas: you are Christmas.

No one can stay indifferent at the pretty sights all around, especially not in Moscow, where lights and cheer fill up the air from the opening of the Winter season, till its end. Some parks put on their seasonal coats as early as November 13, others are about to open. It is a special time: outdoor ice rinks are taken by the crowds, the smell of warm pastries envelops the air, and children play, making the dull skies appear bright.

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Gorky Park was the first to open its gates to the Snow Queen, followed by Sokolniki on November 14. Here fans of Winter sports will also find a ski track, which will be available even if the thermometer rises above zero. The track is located on the second clearing of radiation, its length is 1 kilometer. More fun things to do in the park include laser biathlon at the pond, sled rides, fun snowmobile sliding and more things for children and adults alike.

At the Krasnaya Presnya exhibition center you can learn figure skating. In the Northern Tushino Park of Culture and Leisure you can do snowboarding, and if you are in the mood for a thrill, you can play paintball below zero in the Krasnaya Presnya park.


Finally, don’t miss the magic on Poklonnaya Hill, where the Victory Park will become a fascinating city of ice. And after a day of fun in Moscow, come back to Mamaison, for a rewarding gourmet dinner at Meat & More, or for a pampering spa treatment at Spa by Algotherm.

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It’s cold in Moscow in November, albeit not as cold as December and the following months of the Winter. Nevertheless, the month is charming, filled with fun activities and entertainment. This is also the time to shop for Christmas gifts early in markets and shops around the city, as there are many great deals, and special offers that you shouldn’t miss.

This weekend, don’t miss ArtFlection, the art fair that gathers more than 100 craftsmen, presenting and selling a wide range of things, with interesting designs and consistently high quality: fashionable clothes, topical decorations and accessories, home furnishings, kitchenware and more. There will also be many creative workshops if you want to learn from the best of these masters of the crafts. The fair is free, and takes place at DI Telegraph from October 31st, till the 1st of November.

For fans of horror, scary mystery and adventure, the Art Center “Red October” is a must this month: they have a grand festival of fear that will last until New Year’s Eve, but their exhibition №6 will be devoted to Halloween – and lasts from today, till November 4, 2015.

The night from 3 to 4 in November is dedicated to art: Night of the Arts is a festival attended by more than 270 cultural institutions, including museums, galleries, libraries, theaters and concert halls, which stay open late at night, allowing you to attend interesting cultural programs, with free entrance.

For a “Midwinter Night’s Dream” go to the Art Park “Museon,” which will turn into a fantastic country, inhabited by magical characters, albeit just for the day. A presentation of carnival masks, colorful costumes and buffoonery are just some of the exciting activities taking place on November 21st! Young visitors will build a snow fort, play games and watch puppetry shows. Free admission!

The DUNYASHA! Market festival takes place at the Artplay Design Center on the 21st and 22nd of November: the program includes gourmet culinary master classes, a beauty-corner, performance artists, and a lot to buy. This is a great opportunity to update your wardrobe with stylish clothes and jewelry. The market also sells ceramics and other objects of home decor. Call +7 (925) 909-17-99 for details.

Don’t miss the Food Show at the exhibition center “Sokolniki”, which brings together some of the most popular restaurants in Moscow. All guests of the festival will witness a new culinary record. Last year, it was a giant Christmas toy. This year… prepare for a surprise. The festival takes place from 27 to 29 November.

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Fall is a true celebration in Moscow, the perfect time of the year, when nature gets a coat of happy colors, and the city celebrates the harvest of the summer. Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka offers discounts of up to 15% on its “Colours of Autumn” package, offer only available on the official Mamaison website. So, if you want to celebrate the Fall in Mosocow, stay at Pokrovka, for authentic Russian hospitality, in luxury and style.

Ignore the gray, grim weather: the heart of the city can also be discovered inside, protected against the banality of the day to day life by opulent, colorful interiors, cozy cushions, and brilliant luminaries. Take Pokrovka, for example: here, the psychedelic decor of Meat & More restaurant gives away the essence of what’s about to be served: exclusive culinary creations, contemporary and imaginative, tantalizing, challenging, just as creative gastronomy should be. This is not your classical Russian restaurant, although some of the dishes follow the local tradition to the last ingredient. Meat & More is designed to bring the world on a silver platter, and as such, it is the perfect destination to celebrate the most significant moments in your life.

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The hotel itself, a lair of VIPs and international celebrities, opens its spaces with a beguiling collision of art and decor, free of design flaws, posh, and incomparable. No wonder that the world renowned Spa by Algotherm set its Moscow headquarters here. Can you imagine a more glamorous experience than a day of pamper in sophisticated and zen settings?

And if you want to adventure outside, visit the historic “Apothecary Garden,” which was founded by Peter I in 1706, for a breathtaking world of flowers, which make the true Colors of Autumn. You will find the garden at the Botanical Garden of the Moscow State University. The annual festival “Colors of Autumn” here begun on the 5th of September, but will last till the 11th of October: you still have time to enjoy it.


Thousands of asters, dahlias, chrysanthemums, hydrangeas, ornamental cabbage, alongside hundreds of species of trees and shrubs, color the garden with the most diverse and bright autumnal hues. The first half of October is probably the most beautiful, and the best, time of year in the garden, at the peak of the “Golden Autumn.”

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Singing In the Rain

Coming in October to the stage at the Rossiya Theater in October, Singing In the Rain is a story all about the dizzying successes who became legend. This stage adaptation of the 1952 movie of the same name, is an inspiring story of famous Hollywood actors who graced the silver screen in the heyday of motion pictures.

Set in Hollywood of the 1930’s, back when silent films were all the rage, Singing In the Rain is about the onset of sound in film, and the wonderment audiences were inspired by. The lead characters, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont, transport the audience today into a world where entertainment truly took on a dynamism “unheard of” before. The comic tension of Lockwood, putting up with the narcissism and lack of musical talent of his silent film partner, is the catharsis everyone indentifies with. As for the revived production of this Broadway hit, the 12 tons of water dumped onto the stage at each performance is showers talented singers and dancers magically.

One of the stars of the famous film version, award-winning actress Debbie Reynolds had this to say about the stage production in Moscow:

The news that Russia will put the musical “Singing in the rain”, led me to a complete delight! I’m sure that the Russian audience will appreciate and love music and humorous story! I always remember shooting the film “Singing in the rain” with great pleasure!”

Singing In the Rain

The new performances of Singing In the Rain begin October 4th at the New Theatre “Russia” , located in the centre of Moscow on Pushkin square, just a few moments from the front doors of Mamaison All Suites Spa Pokrovka Hotel. Tickets are on sale either online, or at several locations downtown, as well as at the theater box office.

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This summer, Moscow is as lively and active as you already know it, and welcomes you with a wealth of attractions, activities and events. The end of July brings together professional tattooists from Russia and abroad, as well as people who want to get a tattoo, or are just interested in this kind of art. The event, called Moscow Tattoo Week, takes place at the trade fair complex “Tishinka,” from July 24 to July 26. The main objective of the event is the popularization of high-quality tattoos, and to educate the public in understanding that tattooing is a safe art, and not an antisocial dangerous current.

Still about art, but this time surrounded by pristine nature, and a three hours drive from Moscow, the festival of landscape objects “Archstoyanie” takes place in the Kaluga region for the 10th time this year, in Zvizzhi. Participants in this year’s edition, include Nickolay Polissky (Russia), Sergey Choban (Russia), Alexey Kozyr (Russia), Antje Schiffers (Germany) and Traxce (France). Zvizzhi will be enhanced with ecological sculptures by the aforementioned artists, in a unique project, which offers a new approach to the development of territories, and represents the idea of interaction with the landscape via creative practice and contemporary art.


Go to Sokolniki on July 19th for the first vegan and vegetarian festival of the year. The program includes a lot of tasty and healthy food, lectures on nutrition and presentations for the “vegan” products in the city: from vegetables to clothes. There will also be a market, with natural organic products, cosmetics, and spices. The most famous brands will present environmental packaging, kitchen appliances, clothing and everything you need to live a healthy lifestyle, for vegans, raw foodists and any responsible persons who care about their health and the environment.

There’s also a “zombie race” on July 19th at Izmailovo Park: staring at 15:00, hundreds of people will gather for a race of 5 km. Some, dressed like zombies, will attempt to catch those runners who decide to compete in a more traditional attire. To take part in the zombie race, you need to register on the official website. At the stage of registration, you will be able to choose which camp to join – the remnants of humanity, or the crowd of bloodthirsty zombies.


At Muzeon, on the embankment of the Moscow River, on July 18, you can attend the More Amore festival, where the beach will be lively with street musicians and laughter, and the area will be enhanced with sun loungers, water pools, and cafes. Here you can also enjoy a delicious meal, update your wardrobe for the summer, visit the design market, and participate in a variety of workshops for all ages.

Finally, from July 18 to 19, in the Artplay Design Center courtyard you can visit the “DUNYASHA! Market” festival, with free refreshments, a food court with delicious gourmet treats, magic and dreams. At the market you can buy brand clothes, shoes, jewelry, toys and even food. Over 100 brands and designers will participate, all selling their goods at fair, reasonable prices, better than what you can find in stores. Children and adults alike will have the opportunity to partake in interesting workshops that teach how to create wonderful attic toys; how to decorate the body with patterns of henna; how to paint gingerbread; and much more. See the following link for details.

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Holi colors

Moscow is as exciting for active travelers, as it is for those in love with her history and outstanding architectural landmarks. Posh and beautiful, the city has countless attractions to explore: parks of lush green; lanes lined up with high end stores, where fashion comes from the best brands of the world; chic cafes and restaurants that rival the fines dining venues of Europe; and entertainment places like no other. For visitors who enjoy staying fit, there’s a lot to discover in Moscow.

Starting at the Luzhniki Olympic Complex, Roller Family is an indoor skating rink, where adults and children alike can roll around for hours. There’s also a roller-skating school for those who are serious about this sport.

Ice skating is an all-seasons sport in Russia. At the Megasport Palace of Sports in Khodynka Field you can skate every weeknd, indoors. There’s no problem if you don’t own a pair of ice skates: there are rentals available at the rink.

The Adult Games karting club is an exciting open track, for 8 carts. There’s also a karting school here, and a café to relax after the race. You’ll find this club at Stadium «Nauka».

Another top attraction for locals and tourists alike is the Kva-Kva Park. It is a water park, with many attractions for young and old, and with a spa complex, featuring four saunas, spa pools, Turkish bath and a cooling zone. They also offer pampering services for your body: hammam rituals, wraps, exfoliation, and massages.

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Bitsa is an equestrian center and sports complex on Balaclava Avenue. It is a venue of huge proportions, famous for its equestrian competitions. But it also offers horse riding lessons, and if you are not into horseback riding, you can always come here for swimming, basketball and other active pursuits. Their archery classes are highly recommended, and popular: you will need to book in advance, by calling 8-916-574-40-68.


And after so many activities, return to your Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka Moscow for a calming and relaxing spa treatment at Spa by Algotherm. The spa is an urban oasis, with excellent natural algotherapy treatments for face and body, thalassotherapy, hammam, Russian sauna, and even a Moroccan Rhassoul steam room, alongside 8 treatment rooms and other facilities. There’s nothing more rewarding after an active day in the city.

Spa by Algotherm: swimming pool with hydromassage

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Bunker 42

There are many interesting things to see and do in Moscow, some never mentioned by travel guides, others less prominent, but all revealing of what this beautiful city truly has to offer. If you want to experience with the joie de vivre of the locals, here are some attractions that you shouldn’t miss.

Bunker-42  “Бункер-42 на Таганке” is a 600-meter-long network of tunnels 65 meters deep underground, converted into an exciting interactive museum, with permanent exhibitions, revealing what Soviet live underground used to be like. You will see Soviet radio stations, suits for chemical protection, gas masks, a Geiger counter, Soviet posters and more. Activities include theme tours, laser tag, strike ball, children’s activities, and more. There’s even a Russian restaurant in the bunker, serving local cuisine, paired with Italian and French wines.

Club Labyrinth, where you will also find the Kvesty Deadrooms,   in central Moscow (Kutuzovsky Prospekt 12) is a fascinating place if you like archery and other shooting sports. Here, you can even learn how to throw knives and axes, like a pro. They also offer laser tag, shooting and archery competitions on regular basis, and space for team building corporate events. The Kvesty Deadrooms here will put you face to face with the horrors of Mr. Krasovsky, in a daring game inspired by the 2005 novel Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk. You’ll have to escape the basement of Mr. Krasovsky by finding clues and solving puzzles, in under a hour.

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Another fascinating Moscow attraction is the Museum of Soviet Slot Machines (on Baumanskaya st. 11) with nostalgic Soviet gaming machines: this is a hands-on experience, as the machines are available to play.

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The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Moscow is one of the most exciting destinations in the world, especially if you love art. There are hundreds of galleries, art studios and shops to explore. Plus, local artisans love to showcase their crafts at festivals and other events. Here are some of the most popular galleries, recommended for our guests at Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka Moscow, and for city visitors.

Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery is not only one of the biggest museums of art in the country, but also one of the most interesting. It boasts over 100,000 art works, including icons, graphics, paintings and sculptures. The museum, which opened its doors boasts many masterpieces, some 1000 years old.

The State Tretyakov Gallery

The Multimedia Art Museum (MAMM) at Ostozhenka St. 16 is a branch of the Moscow House of Photography. The museum features new media arts, multimedia set ups and interesting lectures, as well as educational programmes for children.

Another interesting venue for contemporary arts is CCIFabrika (ЦТИ ПRОЕКТ_FАБRИКА). Housed in a beautiful old paper factory, this venue boasts several exhibition spaces, and stages dance and theater shows, concerts, events, and art exhibitions.


Galerie Iragui came to Moscow from Paris, and it was received with great interest. Besides hosting works by French contemporary artists, the gallery also showcases art by emerging European talent, and works by famous Russian creators. This is an interesting, unique space, and can be found at 7/7-5, Malaya Polyanka Moscow.

For lovers of photographic art, Pobeda offers an interesting mix of the works from upcoming artists and established international talent. On display, there are photographs by both Russian and international photographers. You simply cannot miss this outstanding gallery, which is located at the Red Square.


RuArts is a young, experimental art venue, created to encourage the development of the young art scene in Moscow. It celebrated 10 years in 2014, and is focused on video art, photography and experimental media. It is a very interesting venue, and it can be found at 1-y Zachatyevskiy Pereulok.

Finally, one of the most interesting venues for contemporary arts is the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture at 9/45 Krymsky Val St.. The gallery showcases contemporary art from upcoming and established Russian artists, as well as occasional internationals.

The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

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A Gem of Budapest: La Perle Noire Restaurant and Lounge

A new world opened as our mystery guest stepped onto the patio of La Perle Noire Restaurant and Lounge, which is, according to local media and residents, one of the most beautiful terraces in Budapest. And they are not wrong. Time stands still here, in a silent intensity, you find yourself captivated, under the magic spell of a relaxing urban garden. For you are the mystery guest. Welcome to a different hospitality experience. Prepare to enjoy the finest local dishes, the freshest local, and organic, ingredients, and the friendliest atmosphere in this magic city.

We’ve got it: you are a foodie. But, you are, probably, not alone. You are here to share the time of your life with someone special, and we will do anything we can to make your time with us as memorable as you imagined it. This is, after all, award-winning Mamaison Hotel Andrassy Budapest.

It could still be summer: the patio is green and cheerful. Guests come, and go, but you can linger for hours, in candlelight, under the stars, savoring signature dishes inspired by both Hungarian and French traditions.

But then, the weather may not always be on your side, so La Perle Noire Restaurant and Lounge is a haven of sorts, even when the elements are hostile. If you arrive too early, that “hear-a-pin-drop” silence may put you off, but patience, dear mystery guest: the energetic staff will appear in no time, with just the right culinary suggestions to take away your blues.

La Perle Noire Restaurant and Lounge

Imagine indulging in a Barbary duck breast with Rougié duck liver, chili Beluga lens ragout and gingery green apple, arriving at your table looking pretty much as sensual as a Charles Willmott painting. Now, that’s perfection, as some celebrity chef somewhere would say in front of the cameras. But, maybe, just maybe, you want something with local flavors? A “Chef menu,” one of the two you can choose from, paired with the right sommelier recommendations, will do the trick. In other words, precious mystery guest, no matter the season, we will overindulge you, for sure.

Moscow’s Darling for Lovers: MEAT & MORE Restaurant

So, dear  mystery guest, you are now in Moscow, probably staying at Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka. Good for you! Did you know that this fine luxury establishment hosts the 11th Spa by Algotherm in existence? Yes, the hotel redefines pampering in all its forms. You can expect the same treatment from MEAT & MORE Restaurant, the jewel in our crown.

MEAT & MORE is the perfect setting for a date, for a wedding, and, why not, even for a psychedelic evening. Just look around you: the interior is so fresh, innovative, and unexpected, that it can transfigure into any theme you may choose. A wedding? We are a favorite partner of the Wedding Magazine, and many couples pick MEAT & MORE for a lively party, after they tie the knot.

The cuisine is refined and sophisticated, just like the interior decor by Anton Gorlanov. This is the only restaurant in the Mamaison collection to welcome you 24 hours a day, every day. When hunger strikes, just step inside the restaurant, and the staff will make you feel like a VIP, every time.


If your question is “How happy can a steak make a man?”  then the answer from MEAT & MORE is “elated.” Steaks pass as simple meals, but not when they are prepared with the best meat cuts available on the market, and refined with signature gravies, and sides that put the world’s most famous restaurants to shame.

Not a “meat” fan? Well, there’s always the “more,” which stands for creative chef dishes, melt-in-your-mouth desserts, soups, salads, and internationally-inspired mains that change seasonally.

Timeless Elegance, and Cuisine by Paweł Oszczyk: La Rotisserie Restaurant, Warsaw

This imperial space is the reason why many local residents visit Mamaison Hotel Le Regina Warsaw time after time, every week. Everything you see, touch, or eat in this urban eatery is the best. You don’t need to be a guest of the hotel to indulge in the finest gourmet creations available in Warsaw.

The “grand” experience is open to all foodies, always changing, innovative, and fresh. The restaurant is as romantic, as it is family friendly. It is as suitable for business lunches, as it is for exclusive parties. And the terrace: is a sanctuary.

La Rotisserie interior

This is where you will find Chef Paweł Oszczyk, recently designated the Polish Chef de l’Avenir 2014, a prestigious award by the International Academy of Gastronomy, which recognizes culinary excellence. No wonder that the local food bloggers rave about the cuisine, and if you consider that the wines are hand-picked by Andrew Strzelczyk, the Polish Champion Sommelier in both 2012 and 2013, you’ll soon be convinced that only a few other selected restaurants in Warsaw come close to what La Rotisserie has to offer.

In other words, if you are looking for the ideal place to satisfy your passion for gourmet foods, this is it. Every other dish is more of a treat than the first, and every glass of wine is godliness.

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Kremlin in Izmailovo

Moscow is a wonderland of parks and green spaces, but one of the most beautiful spots to be, and the place that best symbolizes Russia’s glorious past and its cultural legacy, is the Kremlin in Izmailovo.

With outstanding architecture, inspired by drawings found in children’s books, as well as drawings and engravings of the Tzar residence of the XVI—XVII centuries, the Kremlin is not just an entertainment complex that attracts thousands of visitors every day, but a cultural symbol of the city. Something of a step back in time, this enchanting space was erected more than 25 years ago, on an abandoned wasteland, to rekindle the glory of the royal past of Russia in the hearts of the locals, and to promote national values to visitors from all over the world.

Kremlin in Izmailovo

As much as it stimulates a child’s fantasy, the Kremlin in Izmailovo is a transportive experience, where adults become children for a moment, bewitched by the beauty of the buildings, which captivate from the gate, till up high in the bell tower, where amazing views of the complex unfold in front of spellbound eyes.

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The complex is a magnet for visitors of all ages. Young couples pick the outstanding Palace of Happiness to tie the knot, then celebrate the lifetime event in the Royal Hall just like the tsars and tsaritsas of the past. Others choose the Boyarsky Hall, for its hypnotic Russian folk style interior, which has the stuff of epic hero stories. The Palace of the Russian Meal – wooden palace of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich in Izmaylovo – is another enchanting architectural fantasy, a wooden gem inspired by the building design of the the XVII century. The palace is decorated staircases, balconies and promenades, and can welcome up to 1,000 guests at once in the restaurant inside, which serves international and creative Russian cuisine.

The banquet facility called “Retro Cafe” has gained popularity for events, too, although it can only accommodate 25 guests. But for stylish, small group parties, this room is more than enough. Many birthdays are celebrated in and atmosphere that reminds of a small cafe of the early XX century. In fact, this space reminds more of a cozy apartment, where a chat with close friends is more important that the opulence of the room. Quite the same goes for the “VIP Cafe” room, which only accommodates up to 12 guests.

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Children are fascinated by this outstanding complex too, and they have countless reasons to feel attracted by its palaces. Five museums share the honor of being part of the Kremlin in Izmailovo: a small museum, containing a beautiful collection of miniatures made from ordinary colored plasticine by Rostislav Olyunin and Andrew Miller, the World History in Plasticine Miniatures Museum; the Vodka Museum; the Museum of Russian Folk Toys which opens a world of wonder, entertainment, and educational activities for children of all ages; the Bread Museum; and the Museum of the Russian Navy.

Kremlin in Izmailovo

Every season, these facilities host a variety of events for children – like the upcoming Moscow Children’s Art Festival “Young talent,” this year, on November 17th, at its 11th edition. Whenever you choose to visit the Kremlin in Izmailovo, you will find something to see and do, things that make your trip to Moscow the memory of a lifetime. And if you choose to stay at Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka Moscow, your experience will be even more rewarding.