Best Eastern Hotel Belarus
15 Storozhevskaya Ulitsa, Minsk, 220002, Belarus
Bonjour a tous!
For my first time in Minsk in 2010 I was staying in Tourist Hotel, it`s cheaper than others. It was quite good,
but it is not in the center. And I had to spend money on a taxi, so I didn`t manage to save a lot on a cheaper hotel.
For the second time I met wonderful girl, my future wife, and we decide to rent an apartment in Minsk, we were staying on Nemiga, right in the center, near the river - http://www.yourminskapartment.com/2-rooms-apartment/nemiga42.html
there is wi-fi, TV, kitchen!!
I think the apartment for short rent is a good choice for tourists in Minsk! It`s cheaper anyway!
Located just at the edge of the city centre, the hotel looms on top of a hill with gardens and is very close to the lake. Your first thought is SOVIET TOWER. The dark and cavernous lobby reaffirms this feeling. Although there are some nice souvenir kiosks and a small grocery in the lobby, you struggle to see in the dark gloom and amber coloured decorations. The loud clanging elevators take you to your floor where a stern looking woman at a desk greets you. She controls your destiny and your room key for the rest of your stay. She will give you that disapproving look every time you see her so that there is no question who is in charge here.
Once you get past the threadbare brown carpets you find your way to your room filled with brown threadbare furniture and a lumpy brown bed. Your Spartan bathroom is decorated with brown tiles. The colour is Soviet brown. Don't worry - the whole country matches.
In order to lighten your mood you can discover the 3 excellent qualities that Hotel Belarus does have. 1) The view out your window of the lake and several cathedrals. 2) The well-equipped gym – fee payable thank you, and 3) The Panorama Restaurant with the complimentry breakfast hot breakfast buffet and stupendous views of the city of Minsk.
The hotel sits among nice gardens where there seems to be a least 3 weddings taking place at a time. There are also some bizarre gardening “art” as well as a small stream full of inquisitive ducks.
The staff do not speak any language except Russian and are mostly rude. If you persevere, they will go in the back and find someone remotely friendly.
Unique Quality: Even hotel booking websites have a problem telling you about the attractive qualities of this Soviet Monolithic Tower Block. One booking site for this throw back describes it as “A reasonable if unimaginative centrally located hotel” and “A high-rise tower, Soviet era modern grey building”.
The hotel does have some good features:
In lobby grocery/general store: cheap cold beers, snacks, even fruit
In lobby souvenir kiosk: good Soviet oddities at an average price – when open
6 lifts: 3 work and scare the hell out of you
Car parking: expensive
Business facilities (fax/internet) VERY expensive
Pool: VERY VERY expensive ($10 an hour!)
Couple of bars: locals only, dirty looks and do not want to serve you
Fantastic hot breakfast with best views in Minsk: FREE – they don’t ask for your room!
ATM with either local currency or US Dollars
Grocery store (very good)
Restaurants (good, western, expensive)
CASH DESK IN LOBBY: where you pay all the fees so you can use the facilities
NO TICKET = NO USE*
Overall: An OK place for business people and a clean and safe hotel. Definitely not for backpackers or Romantic breaks – but neither is Belarus.
Directions: Atop a big hill by the lake. Visible for miles.
i,ve never stayed in a hotel in minsk when i go i always stay at my wife flat but if i was to stay it would be hotel belarus looks ok and welcoming .plus its very close to the centre and nemiga where all your shops are
Unique Quality: the only thing i can say is it looks modern
Hotel is located in the most beautiul part of the city, right next to the business and shopping center, but on the other side is the old part of the city 'Troetskoye Predmestye' the most exciting part for tourists. Restaurant 'Panarama' on the 22nd floor has the most beautiful view of the city!!! Actually it's a very nice place to stay, safe and not as expensive as Minsk hotel.
Unique Quality: The hotel offers the following ficilieties:
- a night club
- four bars,
- 3 restaurants offering wide range of Belarussian and European cuisine
- 2 large conference halls
- a business centre
- a beauty parlour
- car rental
- laundry facilities
- tennis court
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Only good if you are up to paying more
Here in the forum there's already an elaborate review of this hotel - I do agree in many points but not in each detail:
The soviet brown rooms: That's right - but: Only for the standard rooms. If you like to have a really good room, take the "improved business class rooms". Rather expensive, think I paid 220 Dollars for a single room, but that one was really great. Recently renovated, nice colours, good furniture, good bathroom. I would award it with 4 stars - but, remember, only in the mentioned category.
The stern looking staff on the own floor: Well, that changed immediately after the first tip. They became really friendly, asking all the time if I'd need anything.
In the room there was an empty minibar, but the staff refused to stock it up. And that was better, because the drinks in the hotel (you can order room service) are very expensive. Do it like the belarusian people and provide yourself in the nearby supermarket. The view is awesome (if you like the Minsk skyline). I preferred the view to the side of the night club, because from there you can overlook the lake, the ice stadiums and the houses with the propaganda. But don't choose this side if you have a light sleep - the night club can be very noisy.
Room prices range from 70 Dollars to about 500 Dollars.
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Best Eastern Hotel Belarus
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Address: 15 Storozhevskaya Ulitsa, Minsk, 220002, Belarus