Last night I arrived in Vladivostok expecting only Russian wilderness. Instead I found style and sophistication in a luxury boutique hotel made out of wood.
Vladivostok is the farthest point east on the vast Russian continent. To get here from Kaliningrad, which is at the other end, it takes about ten hours on a direct flight. You actually cross seven time zones.
This is the first Russian city to greet the sunrise. It is also the first city in Russia to greet the new year.
It’s only been about twelve hours since I arrived, but already I found great design and aesthetics in a city I assumed had none. The hotel I am staying in only has a few rooms, but each one has high ceilings and clean lines.
My own suite has a giant mural of a cedar tree painted on the wall. It also has classic furniture and a modern bathroom that meets the standards of international luxury boutique hotels.
Then, in the airy breakfast room on the ground floor, tiny cypress trees hang from the ceiling. I have no idea how they water these, but these certainly make for good conversation at the breakfast table.
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The hotel also has a stylish wooden bar. It’s very old-fashioned so it reminds me of the kinds of bars you see in elegant historic hotels. Who would have thought I would find such style and sophistication in Vladivostok, living a Travelife? But then again, we always believe that we can find style and comfortable luxury anywhere. It’s just a matter of knowing where to look.
Now I’m set to discover this famous Russian city in the Far East. It has great history and a beautiful port. It’s also best known for its seafood as Vladivostok is the jump-off point to fly to Kamchatka, the wildest region in Russia, where the best red caviar and wild salmon are sourced.