MaMaison Pokrovka Suites
It bucks the Moscow trend of bigger-is-better, and it's a bit off the well-trod tourist track and that's exactly why this boutique hotel is such a welcome find. The 84-room property, occupying a funky, blocky-looking modern building, is set just a five-minute drive east from the Kremlin yet the neighborhood, filled with prerevolutionary mansions, medieval Orthodox churches, and chic cafés and boutiques, has managed to stay under the radar of most travelers. A mix of savvy executives and artsy hipsters, however, has discovered the Zen sanctuary-style guest rooms, many with muslin-canopied beds, polished stone bathrooms, and orchids perched sinkside and bedside. The bold, minimalist style is echoed in the common spaces, which include an eclectic restaurant hung with globular chandeliers, a petite Algotherm spa, and elevator banks splashed with black-and-white photo murals of Moscow street life.
Insider Tip: Sample Uzbek cuisine at Khodja Nasreddin in Khiva, a restaurant nearby where diners kick back on pillows and feast on lamb pilaf and succulent apricots.
Room to Book: The top-floor Chairman Suite, with its light fixture in the shape of a near-life-size horse. It's coveted, so book well in advance.