I never thought I'd hear myself praise a chain hotel so highly, but the Marriott Aurora was absolutely superb during my stay there last week. The location is ideal for sightseeing, as it's only a minute's walk from the Bolshoi Theater and about 5 minutes away from Red Square. Also great for shopping as it's situated on one of the main upmarket shopping streets, just across the road from the Tsum department store and Petrovka Passage which houses lots of top name shops. Nearest metro station is a couple of minutes' walk away. The room was gorgeous, with every comfort and a relaxing, luxurious atmosphere. The dedicated butler service on offer is a nice extra as well, although I didn't call upon mine. I tried one of the two restaurants and the food was very good indeed with the usual international selection and a small selection of local specialties to try. The lounge bar is a good place to relax after a day's hectic sightseeing and also serves good food and drink. All the staff I encountered spoke good English, were polite and welcoming. Very tight security, which is reassuring. Can't recommend it highly enough.