Re: Russia travel advice
I've always wanted to go to Russia -- so much that I tortured myself with five semesters of learning the language. The Visa thing ALWAYS turns me off going though. I just can't be bothered, because I'm a very last-minute traveler.
But I was planning on going to Russia for Fashion Week last year, and I did some hotel research and came up with these:
(I don't remember their location, but know that they are all boutique type properties.)
Hotel Baltschug Kempinski
Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow
Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka Moscow
Alexander House Boutique Hotel