This is one of our favourite hotels in Minsk. After an extension 3-year reconstruction, which has done away with the charmless decor from the Soviet years, the interior boasts warm colours, white marble, elegant stained glass, mouldings and sparkling crystal chandeliers. One of the highlights of the hotel is its new panoramic lift, which takes you up to the observation deck for a bird's-eye panorama of Minsk. If that wasn’t enough to convince you to stay here, there is also a great swimming pool complete with a water slide. This monolithic hotel has 484 comfortable rooms, two restaurants, a café and a few bars. We like the panorama restaurant on the 22nd floor.