Gay Moscow Moscow Travel Guide Travel Guides > Russia > Gay Moscow Moscow Curation by Jamie McGhee, words by Ian PackhamMoscow invariably hits the headlines for all the wrong reasons. And though the Russian capital isn’t particularly LGBTQ-friendly (Vladimir Putin’s annual shirtless photoshoot notwithstanding), we don’t think you should miss out on the most intriguing of Moscow points of interest because of it. Homosexuality is legal, although a vaguely-worded 2013 law prohibits the promotion of ‘non-traditional’ relationships. As such, gay travellers are advised against overt displays of their sexuality. That said, the vast majority of visits remain trouble-free, even for visitors who frequent the city’s less-than-secret gay bar and club scene. Feel like getting away? Take a trip planned just for you, and let us do all the work. Discover Trip Design Hotels Things to do Things to see Food & Drink Shopping Nightlife Trip Design The best hotels in MoscowThe historic exterior of the Hotel Metropol, facing the internationally-celebrated Bolshoi Theatre and close to many of the other main things to do in Moscow, is nothing compared to its sumptuous interiors. Its decor recalls the no-expense-spared philosophy of the grand imperial era that climaxed at the turn of the 1900s. Marble detailing, decorative plasterwork, and a breathtaking stained-glass roof enclosing the vast dining hall is the result. Though the hotel is large – with 365 rooms, there is a different bed for every day of the year – each room is uniquely shaped in the art deco style, ensuring a personal feel. The rooms at the Russo-Balt Hotel are also individually decorated, but in the earlier art nouveau style of swirling floral motifs, blown-glass chandeliers, and richly carved woods. Stand out features include a pillow menu and breakfasts which incorporate produce from the hotel’s private farm.Rooms at the PR Myasnitsky Boutique Hotel have a more playful, contemporary look, combining bare brick with sleek pieces of modern furniture, all within the large public spaces of the nineteenth-century edifice. Each features a small fridge and capsule coffee machine. As a self-declared design hotel, rest assured that any stay at Akvarel Hotel will be an elegant one, with every detail considered from the moment you step across the threshold. The chic mid-century design flows effortlessly from the lobby bar and summer terrace to the rooms, each of which has been custom-styled with fanciful furnishings. A little further away, on the Third Ring Road in the Basmanny district, is the three-star Boutique Hotel Baumanskiy. The modern building features quirky in-room works of art and the offer of complimentary coffees at reception. The carpeted interiors give this stay a homely ambience, which marries well with breakfast – which is served in your room. Photo: CrewiRecommended hotels in Gay Moscow - Moscow Hotels - Gay Moscow - Moscow Metropol Opposite the Bolshoi Theatre in the heart of Moscow, this historical hotel features a pool and gym. It offers free parking, as well as free WiFi throughout the property. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Moscow - Moscow PR Myasnitsky Boutique Hotel PR Myasnitsky Boutique Hotel features some rooms with Myasnitskaya Street views. A rich breakfast is served in the Market Place restaurant, located nearby. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Moscow - Moscow Boutique Hotel Baumanskiy Situated conveniently in the Basmanny district of Moscow, Boutique Hotel Baumanskiy is located 6 km from Olympic Stadium, 7 km from The Kremlin and 7 km from Zaryadye Park. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Moscow - Moscow Russo-Balt Hotel Housed in an elegant building dating back to 1876 with a private garden, this central Moscow hotel serves an elegant breakfast, prepared from organic products from the private farm. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Moscow - Moscow Akvarel Hotel Hotel Akvarel is located in the heart of Moscow’s historic centre. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. Teatralnaya Metro Station is a 7-minute walk away. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Moscow - Moscow Brick Design Hotel Featuring free WiFi, Brick Design Hotel offers accommodation in the centre of Moscow in the 19th-century historical building. Chistye Prudy Metro Station is 300 m from the hotel. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Moscow - Moscow Villa Kadashi Villa Kadashi Boutique Hotel is set right in the heart of Moscow, an 11-minute walk from Zaryadye Park. Around 1 km from The Kremlin, the property is also close to Saint Basil’s Cathedral. 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