Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya Hotel

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Leningradskaya was meant as a hotel for tourists and business travellers arriving at one of the three nearby railway stations: Kazansky, Leningradsky or Yaroslavsky. But in reality few could afford to stay at Hotel Leningradskaya. This 136-metre (446-feet) tall tower, dominating Komsomolskaya Ploschad (Komsomolskaya Square), was designed by Leonid Polyakov and Alexander Boretsky and built in 1954. The walls in the lobby are faced with a rare finishing material and adorned with a bas-relief depicting Alexander Nevsky and Dmitry Donskoy. The imposing bronze chandelier lights five stories at the same time. Due to its luxurious decorations, Hotel Leningradskaya had cost more than any other tower to build. Leningradskaya is now a Hilton.