If you want to stay in a really cheap hotel, you should go to the hotel Kolos. In July 2005 I paid 140 RUB (6$) for one night in room for 3 people. Room standard is low, of course there are no TV or AC... There is a public shower with hot water, but you have to pay for it (less than 1$). But I recommend it, it's worth its price. They don't want money for doing registration and stamping a migration card. I don't know its address, but it is in the city center. Just ask local people, they know that hotel very well.
We stayed in a homestay. It is a great way to learn about Russian life. Our family constisted of two woman, two sisters, Olga and Tanya. They where widowers, and in their sixties. Olga spoke fluent French ( what we din not speak) They told us a lot about their former life as daughters of a minister. Breakfast was very good and plentyfull, and nice intheur coosy kitchen. we spend New years evening there too and they cooked so much food, and ivited family to spend new Years eve with us. unfortunaly the family left before 12 o clock. But we still had a great time and olga taught me how to make Posa.
We stayed in a big flat with 4 rooms, and we had the big one with double bed. In the winter it is really hot inside, but luckely we could open the balcont door.
We booked the adres through VNC Travel Utrecht, the Netherlands
We stayed in a students accomodation - since it was holiday they had some rooms free for us foreign students. Just go there in the morning and try. You have to find the management of the accomodation and ask for the students guest house.
Other local students sharing the kitchen with you - nice people to meet.
I paid approximately $10 for one night (August 2000)
The room was rudimentary but clean. There was no hot water and cold water was freezing. Nothing better than such a shower to get tough!!
I went there with no reservation.
They will stamp your visa registration sheet if you stay.
The picture is the view from the room.
Probably $60 for a foreigner
I think the hotel was completed in 1989, It has a travel agency, small shops (food, souvenirs), currency exchange, and a few restaurants.
The room was small, a little threadbare, but had a great view over the central square (yes, with the Lenin head). The bathroom was really late Soviet in style (the same faucet for the sink and tub).
There were some prostitutes outside the hotel, but surprisingly I did not receive any phone calls in the middle of the night (a common occurrence in Russian hotels).
Unfortunately the only hot water was in their sports center, but at least it existed there.
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