- Reviews: 2605
Homestay and B&B: Homestay and B&B
On my first trip to Moscow in summer 2005, I stayed in a homestay which I booked through one of the people who offer homestay or B&B on "Uncle Pasha's Cheap Moscow" webpage.
I actually didn't stay with the person I booked through, but in the same building with a mother and her 15 year old son. I stayed in the room of the son, who slept in the bedroom of his mother while I was there.
It was very interesting to have an insight into Russian daily life, although communication was hardly possible as I didn't speak any Russian at that time. The price was 30 Euro per night and included a basic breakfast.
The building I stayed in was located on an island in the river Moskva near the bridge Kamenny Most. It was only 10 minutes on foot from the Kremlin. The nearest metro stops were Polayanka or Borovitskaya (grey line).
- Reviews: 1185
room in a flat: Cheap and central
I had really a hard time in finding a cheap or at least reasonably priced central accomodation in Moscow.Hotels are really too expensive and even hostels ask you something like 60 euro for a room and shared bath.So surfing the web I found the chance opf renting a room in a flat.The cost was 30 euro per night in a very central position( 3 minuts walking from Kremlin).It also was a chance to spend a few days with a Russian family and learn a lot, Irina infac the owner of the house is a real expert of moscow histories and legends, for any place I asked infos, she had at least a story to tell.I had my keys so I could come back and going out whenever I wanted and Irina prepared any morning a good breakfast for me, all in all, highly reccomended if you have a small budget.If you are interested in this accomodation, send an amail to Anastasya(Irina's daughter firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask for details.
Irina, the house owner and her histories about Moscow.
- Reviews: 163
Ukraina: Ukraina Hotel
The Ukraina hotel is a marvelous building, one of the "Seven Sisters" with their unique style dominating Moscow's skyline. The hotel interior is decorated in the traditional communist style from its era, and whilst it may not match up to other modern hotels, it provides a nice experience you may expect from Moscow. The staff, whilst generally friendly, are not particularly helpful, and won`t even call a taxi for you.
Great views from the observation deck on the 28th floor, but you have to pay 100Rubles to get there. The hotel is one of the seven sisters, and has a very unique architecture. Sean Connery stayed in this hotel in the film "The Russian House".
- Reviews: 784
Homestay: $40 Homestays
This is a place in someone's home. In my preference list, a hotel lies somewhere between a cave and a treehouse in desireability. I much prefer to see how people live from day to day, what products they use, how their neighbors sound, etc. There is a kind of clearinghouse for homestays at www.unclepasha.com and the prices shouldn't be over $40. I didn't use it myself, but my wife liked it. You make direct contact with the homeowner and make arrangements from there.
This is essentially a place in someone's home. Accomodations can range from a spare bedroom to a bare mattress on the floor. You run your risks, you reap your rewards. Thic picture of me has the building I stayed in in the background.
- Reviews: 438
hostels & pensions: A lack of budget hotels in Moscow
The hostels Moscow does have are of roughly the same quality as those that can be found in other major European capitals.
While visiting foreign businessmen have a choice of accommodation nearly as wide as in West European capitals, another type of foreign traveler, the humble backpacker, is less likely to find his traditional habitat of choice: the youth hostel.
Hostelling International maintains 263 beds in Moscow compared to 625 in New York.
But at the national level at least, hostels are still something of a rarity.
Hostelling International, the world's largest hostel operator with more than 4,000 hostels in 90 countries, maintains only 10 hostels in Russia -- compared with around 160 in France and 200 in England and Wales, along with an even greater number of independent operators.
There are plenty of high quality business hotels, but you can look to spend $150 a night and upwards. There is a real dearth of low-cost hotels A situation made worse by the destruction of several Soviet era hotels in the city center, which were not fancy, but supplied hundreds of additional beds to the city.
These hotels will be rebuilt, but it will take time, and when completed will most certainly be more expensive than the older hotels they are replacing.
The biggest hurdle standing between tourists and hostels is Russian bureaucracy.
"Visa restrictions are the No. 1 reason," A recent trip to Russia cost me 200 euros just for the visa alone.
While other East European capitals, such as Prague, Warsaw and Budapest, are packed with student travelers from Western Europe and the United States, this is not so in Moscow. The majority of foreigners coming to Russia do so in tour groups, as individual travelers often find it hard to overcome visa hurdles.
Also, there are not enough low-cost airlines servicing Russia at the moment. Germania flies in and out of Domodedovo airport, but the fare is 200 euros minimum, which compared to other low cost destinations in Weastern Europe is quite high.
So in the words of Kevin Costner, "if you build it they will come" means in Russia, until some of the barriers come down to attracting more backpackers and travellers on a shoe-string there is likely to little demand for low-cost hotels and hostels in Russian either.
- Reviews: 2683
Gostinitza Tsentralnaya: Very old but central
I stayed in a single room with shower and toilet on the corridor. This is the fifth floor that is like that. If you just show up on the weekend then there are usually rooms available.
In the room there is a handbasin with cold water, TV and I had a small balcony out on the side street.
Breakfast is included in the price of 1100 roubles a night. Instead of breakfast (if you leave early) you can use your voucher for dinner. And registration in your passport is done with no additional cost.
It is actually too expensive for what it is. The provided towel is tiny. Staff speak very little English.
- Reviews: 349
City center: Hotel Rossija
It is a very big hotel (6.000 rooms): I know it is the biggest hotel in Europe and ... may be world-wide?
It is a bit old but very well located: just in front of the Kremlin and Red Square. Beautiful views at night from the East of the hotel.
And ... good value for money. I will tell you details if you want.
- Reviews: 17
Ukraina: Near the city and cheap
The Ukrania building from the outside is impressive - it is one of the old high rise buildings , however, once inside it is another story.
This place is cheap, but it is very average standard, it isclean, but not well kept, and the service is terrible. I had a room with a very uncomfortable bed, a shower that was broken. I was at the front of the hotel and the noise from the street was noticable.
If you are looking for a cheap place to stay(relatively), then this would be fine, but don't expect any level of service, or peace and quite. i found the foyer area of this hotel as busy as the streets of moscow.
Breakfast was included, but it was a battle to find a table, all self service and very average food.
Beautiful historic buildig from the outside and inside, but just visit it.
- Reviews: 438
Ukraina: good location, great value
Built in the 1950's by Uncle Stalin the Hotel Ukraina is one of the Seven Sisters that dot Moscow's skyline. It is a very unique architectural style. Only one building has been built in the same style.
In any case, I always try to book the Hotel Ukraina first because it has a good location, near Novy Arbat street and within a short taxi ride of the Kremlin and downtown. Some have suggested you can walk it, but my experience was that it took a good 30-45 minutes. Not unreasonable, but not the 15-minutes suggested by others. It is located about a 15-minute walk from Kievskaya Metro station, which connects you to the rest of Moscow.
The other advantage of the Hotel Ukraina is that it is moderately priced. A normal room costs between $80 and $100 including breakfast. The breakfast is plentiful, but not lavish. This compares to $150-250 a night for some of the business hotels.
The hotel has seen better days and it is only now being slowly renovated to meet Moscow's hotel room shortage.
The walls in the rooms are paper thin, so you might like to be quiet when you are practicing the horizontal hoola while in town. Or you might like to lean back and enjoy the symphony your neighbors are composing.
Also, there sure seems to be a lot of pretty, young secretaries that stay down in the lobby late in the evening? Maybe one of them will join you for a drink to help you wile away your time and money?
The taxis out front of the hotel are in general more expensive than you can find on Kutuzovsky Prospekt. There is also a bus that runs along Kutuzovksy in the direction of Noviy Arbat and the downtown.
- Reviews: 20
Voskhod: Russian hotel
Two big buildings. As you arrive no one welcomes you. You have to search your booking within some papers before to go to reception. Seem that no one speak english. Look out that you pay for booking!!! The renovated semi suite is very nice with 2 rooms and bathroom. Other rooms have old furniture. I think that people at the reception have to learn how to deal with western clients.
You have to pay for booking!!
I've found that the personnel that clean the rooms is very friendly and helpful.
- Reviews: 113
Vladykino Hotel: Budget accommodation
Located in north Moscow... more like a motel close to the road network, its a tall tower block ... the facilities are clean, staff friendly and helpful... the room i stayed in had television (Russian stations only), a radio, fridge, kettle and a shared bathroom/ separate toilet with two other rooms... 800 roubles (approximately £15) per night.
Next to the hotel was a small park that run along the river.... the area is not interesting in itself but low cost base....
Vladykino is the nearest Metro stop. From the station (which is oval) turn left and go through houses until you reach slip roads from motorway - the Altai Hotel is opposite. Up the steps along motorway you have to go right which takes you across rail lines. The Vladykino is the second tall building on your left.
- Reviews: 285
Ukraina: One of the Seven sisters of Stalin
Dont be fooled by the stunning architecture of this Hotel, The service was very poor and the staff at times down right rude, My room was on one of the highest floors and the veiw over the river and Parilment building were great, This was my second visit I stayed about 10 years ago as well In a lot of ways that visit was worse, at least this time i didnt have the constant knock on the door, of Ladies!! offering their services
- Reviews: 567
The hotel card (1)
This is the hotel card we got on the reception. The rule was very simple: If you wanted the key of your room, you had to hand out the hotel card. When you left the hotel, you gave the key to the Deshurnaja and she handed out the hotel card. No hotel card - no key! And: No key no hotel card! The hotel card was also necessary to check out.
- Reviews: 567
The hotel card (2)
The hotel card consisted of following points: Name, adress, room, reference, checkout-date. And I thought they made it just to have everything and anyone under control ....
And I thought: "What a bizarr country!" At the one hand they tried to do everything to get ride of all soviet relics but on the other hand they still had such communist methods ....
- Reviews: 310
The hotel was built in the 1950s and is a very impressive structure. It is across the Moscow River from the Whitehouse. I've stayed here on 2 seperate occasions and haven't been disappointed. The rooms aren't modern but some are in the process of being renovated.
It's just across the river from the Novay Arbat which leads from the Whitehouse straight to the Kremlin (3km).
The hotel was opened in 1957 and is one of the 7 sister hotels dotted around Moscow built during the Stalin era. There are over 1,000 rooms available holding a maximum of 1630 guests.
Inside, there is pretty much everything you will need including bar, restaurants, money exchange and shops. Check their website for full details.
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