Moscow

The Expat Experience

26 Jul 2017

Interview with Dominique Mercier, General Manager of Novotel Adagio Ibis Moscow Kievskaya.

- Please tell us a few words about yourself and about your career.
- I worked in 8 countries for 4 different Accor hotels brands. I love to live abroad and work in a multicultural environment.

- What makes Moscow special for you? How is it different from France?
- The culture and history of Moscow makes the city so near to our heart. I have never seen such a beautiful city during night time: so many buildings are illuminated, which gives the capital an added value to the already beautiful architecture.

- Can you name us three things about living in Moscow that you enjoy the most? Can you compare it with other big cities you've been to?
- The city is vibrant, Muscovites are extremely helpful, the metro is a piece of art.

- Do you like working with Russians? How is it different from working with Europeans for example?
- Of course I do like to work with Russian nationals, your business and your life cannot be successful if you do not like the people around you. I always enjoy working with different people who have different cultural backgrounds and experiences. I enrich my life everyday, the hotel team and my business relations give me more than they can imagine.

- What are your favorite spots in and outside the city to visit in spring?
- I will continue to visit the cities on the Golden Ring around Moscow when leaves are back on the trees. I like to walk and bicycle - Moscow is dream city for that. This past winter was dedicated to museums and walks in the parks, not forgetting to experience the all that Moscow's restaurants have to offer. My favorite route is to start from the Hermitage Garden, cross the Red Square, heading then to the Christ the Savior Cathedral and finally ending up in a nice Georgian restaurant to refill the energy lost.

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