It took three weeks to have this hotel finally confirm to me about my reservation. I did go through an agency (based in Russia) for the reservation but despite constant emails to them, they told me they couldn't get hold of the hotel so THEY didn't have any information about my booking. 2 days before my departure I finally got confirmation.
Upon arrival to the hotel I was faced with police (not security) who made me go through metal detectors and my luggage went through an x-ray - like at an airport.! I thought this was very extreme security even though I had read reports about security at this hotel.
As it turns out, the hotel was accomodating several hundred children for a couple of days (for some kids Christmas party at the Kremlin). I guess the police are extra careful with children becasue of the siege from the Chechans in southern Russia. - After the kids left, so did the police.
The reception staff are very unfriendly and fairly unhelpful. But I got my key and went upstairs past security (who check everytime that you have reservation), and found my room after walkiing down endless corridors.
The room was basic but very clean and comfortable.\
I had what they call a 'Kremlin Superior Single." (A renovated room with single bed and a kremlin view).
AWESOME views!!!! St. Basils and Kremlin had unrestricted views from my room.
- Not very expensive, I got my room for $65USD / night over New Years period.
- Clean comfortable room.
- Best views
- Great location! 1 minute walk to Kremlin, Red Sqaure and St Basils!
- Staff unhelpful (but really, unless you really need hand holding, who cares right?)
- Security strict with who goes up elevators (I wanted to show two friends who were staying elsewhere the view - I couldn't!)
If you are an independant traveller who can ignore the staff and can get on with it yourself, this is a great place.
Unique Quality: Great views from "Kremlin" rooms.
Best location. 1 minute walk from Kremlin, Red Square and St Basils. 3 mins walk from Metro station.
Wouldn't it be nice if while your partner was showering in the room, you could step outside and see Red Square? If you are a guest at the huge hotel, you can do this. We walked everywhere we went in Moscow thanks to the great location of the hotel. There is a decent restaurant with authentic Russian cuisine available. Rooms were quaint, yet they were fine with me.
Unique Quality: Imagine eating breakfast at the nice buffet and seeing the towers of the Kremlin right across from you. Yes, it is that close.
Au coeur historique de Moscou, cet hôtel construit en 1973, compte 21 étages. Il est situé sur les rives du Moskva avec une merveilleuse vue sur la ville et est à quelques pas de la Place Rouge, du Kremlin et du Théâtre Bolshoy.
To the historic heart of Moscow, this hotel constructs in 1973, account 21 floors. It is situated on the strands of the Moskva with a marvelous view on the city and is to some steps of the Red Place, the Kremlin and the Theater Bolshoy.
Unique Quality: 3000 chambres !
On y retrouve de nombreux restaurants, dont le "Tokyo", réputé comme le meilleur restaurant japonais de Moscou ainsi que des boutiques, bars, night clubs, piscine. Les chambres ont la télévision, salle de bain privée.
3000 rooms !
One recovers many restaurants there, of which "the Tokyo", well-known as the best Japanese restaurant of Moscow as well as boutiques, bars, night clubs, swimming pool. The rooms have the television, private bathroom.
we never thought that the attention was so so bad in that Hotel.
Everybody seems to be very unhappy with theyre job and mad with people for some reason.
Ok, you dont pay too much, anyway, i think that the attention could be better, it is so bad that can give you a head ache and distract you from the enjoyment of your travelling.
I recomend you to be really strong in the specification if you need a double bed, otherwise you will be sleeping in twin beds with your couple (we where really clear about it, and we got a twin room anyway).....
Unique Quality: The location is great, no doubt, the views are pretty from every side of the huge building.
I didn't actually stay here, but my wife was somehow entralled by this skyline devouring megaloth. Its really very impresive in size and its rumored people can get lost inside it.
Unique Quality: Built during the comunist era, the hotel has a really bad reputation. Every time we drove by it, whoever was driving made sure to make a few disparaging remarks. It might be fun to stay there for a few days just for remembrance of times past. Maybe the funniest quote I heard about it referred to vodka fumed thugs in the lifts.
Directions: Adjacent to Red Square
I got my room at the Russian price, thus I stayed here. On the plus side, its close to the Kremlin, Red Square, and the Metro.
On the down side, its kind of delapidated (at least when I was there last) and has a sketchy atmosphere... I don´t recommend walking around alone at night... I did, and met some really odd people... of the mafia kind.
The front desk speaks some English, and there are a lot of tourists staying here, so there is a bit of safety in numbers.
Unique Quality: There are some really cool views from the upper windows... you can see Red Square, the Kremlin, and the River.
Directions: in back of Red Square
I was in Moscow on business, and the stay at this hotel was pre-arranged by my boss. I had been warned that the place was big, but it surpassed all my expectations... I mean, one can so easily get lost in there, and I surely did, on more than one occasion!
Apart from its size (which is impressive in itself, though the actual building is an architectonic disaster), there were few things that I liked, to be honest. The staff was not very friendly and only very few could speak English, so that I had tons of trouble with simple ordering of a coffee to be brought into my room (they showed up with a whole jug of it, and no cup!!!)
Unique Quality: The facilities are numerous, and range from the usual ones (internet lounge, conference rooms, restaurants- some of them actually really nice, hairdresser's, pharmacist's, exchange offices.... to the real concert hall, a movie theatre and a variety of doctors' services, inculding an optician, a dentist and a gyneacologist! But, interesting as all this is, they are all way to expensive
The best part, still, was its unique position. Located virtually next to the Red Square, and with its breathtaking views, this hotel managed to make up for all its shortcomings, at least for me.
Directions: The Red Square
The Rossiya hotel in Moscow is infamous, standing right by the red square it is excellently located. However for a a hotel with such a prominent position you'd be very wrong if you expected all the five star luxuries of say a Hilton. This hotel is an icon of the communist era, the lobby is full of security and body guards (to stop the prositiutes coming in?). The rooms are pretty basic given the price tag ($100 US) and breakfast is served in huge dining rooms by the most miserable older ladies imaginable. Breakfast indeed was a sight for sore eyes and the food itself was as blan as the wallpaper.
What made my stay so eventful however is a bit embarrasing. This hotel is huge, humungous, it has nearly 3000 rooms!.
....So we finished breakfast and went back to our room...uh oh our key dosen't fit the lock, this isn't the right room, so we walked around the biulding (a long way) and then realised we were on the worng floor. After going round in circles for a while we decided we sould go outside, walk to the front entrance and then find our room that way. But then we couldn't find an exit. Anyway it took us around 40 minutes to find our room, it,s the first and only time I have ever been lost in a hotel. It was surreal, like an episode of the Shining. Spooky!
Unique Quality: You can actually taste a bit of the old regime when you stay in this hotel....seriously, I'm sure the bad they serve at breakfast is 20 years old. I'm glad I stayed here just for the experience and the stories I've been able to tell. But don't stay more than one night if you can!
Directions: Right by the Red Square!
Very close to subway(und'ground) Sputnik (Satellite Hotel), is a leisurely 12 min walk up leninsky Av, on the rightside.offer decent prices, correct service and food
all that nearly in the center.
English is needed to be understood correctly.
Unique Quality: The price is down to earth(a treasured quality in today Moscow)(from 1 OOORUR)
5 min walk from Subway(metro).
Good indian restaurant , with attentive service.
the hotel replies (quite)quickly to enquiries.
in more than 5 stays i ve never had "a problem"
Directions: From metro which is at the roundabout, go up leninsky on the right side(or 3 trolleybus stops)
This is the largest hotel in Europe and was built to seem large. The corridors seem endless and, although it is just a square block, it's quite easy to lose your way in here
Unique Quality: The views of St Basil's and the Kremlin are unforgettable.
Directions: Red Square
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