The entrance to the hotel is a little on the strange side as you enter from the roof, but once inside, the lobby looks quite impressive. The reception staff were polite and there is a fantastic view. Prices vary, but it is 200 roubles cheaper if you book in advance. We paid 1,700r for an unrenovated double room in winter (as of Jan 2010 the summer price for the same room is 2200r). All the rooms have an ocean view and face West, so you can see the sun set. There is a 24hr shop on the 8th floor, café on 4th and restaurant on the ground floor. Breakfast is in the café and from 7 am to 11 am. It is a typical Russian buffet (called Shvedsky stol or Swedish table in Russian) with bread, cheese, ham, blini (pancakes), porridge, fruit, yoghurt, and more non-breakfast style foods such as chicken, cauliflower, fish, etc. We didn't eat in the restaurant, but we did go there for a drink. It was non-smoking, although people were allowed to smoke in the toilets, were there was a sofa provided for the comfort of smokers! Check out the back of the menu for a very confusing set of rules such as minimum amount you must spend and drinks that can be brought along rather than ordered there. When asked the waitress told us there rules did not apply during the week. The was a cheesy disco in the restaurant until 12 or 12.30 am.
All in all, I would say that this hotel is typical for its price in Russia. It wasn't fantastic, but had everything we needed and it all worked.
Unique Quality: Now for the ups and downs:
Advantages - near the centre and on the ocean. Great views. Polite staff. 24 hour shop. Breakfast till 11 am. Good pressure in shower. Balcony.
Disadvantages - rooms were a little cold, but they did provide extra heaters (if there isn't one in the room, you can ask). Music from the restaurant was loud and audible from our room on 3rd floor. It stopped at about 12.30 am. Ugly Soviet décor in unrenovated rooms.
Directions: From station, cross road & walk up Pervaya Morskaya Ulitsa, go up hill & round bend. Vladivostok hotel will be on left & on other side of bend to yr right is a turquoise building, go behind turquoise building & look out for a big stained glass window
Stayed at Hotel Amursky Zaliv for 5 days in June 2004. I had a conference rate (about $42.00 a night for a single room(one twin bed) with ocean view and small balcony.
There were very few people who could speak English but I could get by with my broken Russian. There is a receptionist at the front desk who speaks English and could help with booking a taxi to return to the airport (She did not work every day).
Hotel is located a short walk(5 min or less) up hill on the road perpendicular to the boat terminal -- Vladivostok Train Station is just the left side as you face up this road). Vlad Hotel is located on the opposite side of this street (can't miss Vlad Hotel since it's a 15 (or more) story building.
Amusky Zaliv is built from the beach level up so you come in on its roof and go down one level to the lobby. This means you cannot easily see it from the road level. It is a large hotel (200? room?) that seems to be popular with foreign tourists, especially Chinese tour buses.
There are some restaurants and night clubs located in the building - including a large Chinese restaurant/pub on the ground floor with access only from the beach side.
Unique Quality: Views were pretty good; great rates (conference rates were probably cheaper than normal), they were helpful about arranging a taxi; there was at least one English-speaking staffer (although she does not work every day).
Directions: about 5 minutes walk from Vladivostok Train station; walk up hill on road that comes down (perpendicular to the railway) just in front of the boat terminal next door (right) to station. Hotel is located opposite the Vladivotsok Hotel
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