A novel that transports you to The Metropol, the famed Moscow hotel where the elite and revolutionaries converged and hobnobbed. The book follows the life of Count Rostov, who is sentenced to house arrest in The Metropol in 1922 for publishing one poem thought to be incendiary and anti-Bolshevik. The story follows Count Rostov’s life over the next 30 years, as the employees and arriving and departing guests of the hotel become his family and his life, and the reader gets to unravel the many secrets of the charming and surprising Count. An unexpectedly captivating read. I was sad when the adventure and my stay at The Metropol ended.