I would describe hotel Zviozdnaya as a typical Intourist type hotel reminiscent of the bygone Soviet era! My first instinct was to check the light fittings & phone for any bugs and make sure that the mirror in the bathroom wasn't two way!
Having got over my initial paranoia, the room wasn't too bad, a decent size with ensuite bathroom / shower - okay so the decor wasn't particularly appealing, but my intention was to be in the place only when I was ready to drop!
I can't recall exactly which floor I was on but it was high enough for a close up view of the Ostankino TV tower. Not exactly a panoramic vista across the city & I don't recall the tv reception being particularly great, but then I didn't intended to watch much t.v.!
Having said that, the hotel itself was not too bad & the staff for the most part were friendly and helpful! The babooshka who ran the kiosk in the lobby was great & was thrilled when I gave her some Zimbabwe dollars as a keepsake! I didn't have the heart to tell her that they were not worth the paper they were printed on & that she'd be better off sticking with roubles! I'm still convinced that the security guards were watching everyone on cctv installed in the rooms!
Breakfast was interesting. It consisted of a carrot salad for starter laced with garlic followed by either what seemed to be scramled omelette or sausage (viennas) with beans (actually peas) although it did alternate and on some occasions there was porridge and a selection of cold meats with bread! I wasn't there for the haute cuisine though, so happily ate what was put in front of me!
Situated north of the centre, there's not really much around the hotel itself - it's probably about halfway between Sheremetyevo & central Moscow. It's about a 15 minute walk to VDNKh Metro & the same named "All Russian Exhibition Centre" - worth a visit - or alternately a 20 minute walk or so to Alexseevskaya Metro. Roughly a 20 minute metro ride to Kitai Gorod which is just a few goose steps away from Red Square!
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