Hotel Ukraina

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Hotel Ukraina, the latest of Moscow's seven towers to be built, is perhaps the best-known. The 34-storey building was the tallest hotel in Europe when it opened in May 1957. In addition to the apparent merits of its design, credit for which goes to the architect, Arkady Mordvinov, the building benefits from its advantageous location, standing at a the Moskva River bend, right where Kutuzovsky Prospekt (Kutuzovsky Avenue) begins. Hotel Ukraina is visible from practically any spot in the centre of Moscow. It is the perfect illustration of Joseph Stalin's plan, which was to build the seven towers close to the river so that they are visible from afar, shaping the look of the city's embankments and its skyline. At different times, Hotel Ukraina welcomed such distinguished guests as actors Marcello Mastroianni and Robert de Niro, composer Michel Legrand, singers Cesaria Evora and Patricia Kaas, and artist Herluf Bidstrup. It is not necessary to stay at Hotel Ukraina to appreciate its interiors or see Moscow from high up. Visit one of its many bars or restaurants instead, some of which are open 24/7.