This is a super cheap, no-fills hotel. It's in an historical building which was built in 1851 (Kupecheskiy Dom means Merchant's House) and since 2009 has been an 'Historical Monument of Samaran Architecture' We had a double room without a bathroom for 600 rubles a night. There were more luxury rooms available and even a sauna and swimming pool. Breakfast was again far from luxury - it consisted of porrige and bread and cheese with tea or coffee - but completely acceptable, and they seemed pretty amenable to giving it to us at whatever time we requested (you had to tell them each night what exactly you'd like and the time). It's not right in the centre, but it's not too far out to walk, it was quiet and the beds were very comfortable.
The National Hotel in Samara is a 3 star hotel right in centre of town, directly located at the central pedestrian zone and very close to Kuibychev Street, Samara´s main street.
It is in a nice, historic building.
Central location. Historic building. English speaking personnel at reception.
I spent three nights at the StayinSamara.com homestay, with Mikhail and family. They have a house in a fairly nice neighbourhood. They're doing renos right now so I spent some quality time with the outhouse. Still, you can't beat proper hospitality (as opposed to cold hotels), the opportunity to cook your own food, watch a little TV, get some guidance on how to get to the places you need to get to. Definitely recommended.
I stayed at the Samara Sanitorium on the edge of town, since we were holding some conferences there. The rooms are renovated and bright, and the suite rooms are extremely huge...much bigger than my flat! Those suites run around $130/night. (I understand that the Hansa hotel in the center is very good with excellent English and German speaking staff, for around $70/night.
The sanitorium has a lot of health programs like a typical "spa" of the region. The meals are filling and you have little choice...after all they know what is good for you! There is also a separate restaurant, with good menu and evening entertainment (usually a guitar or piano player and a female singer.) Unfortunately, the pool and bowling alley on premises were under construction.
For a taste of the real Russia – this is it. This is Russia not from a hotel room, or with a noisy crowd of English-speaking tourists who all come from where you come from, but staying in a comfortable place – you live, eat and talk with a real Russian family.
Mikhail and his wife, Lina, daughter Anya, Babushka, cats Dimka and Black, and Dick the Dog, offer accommodations for the single traveler or a couple. You room in their large house, and can also pay a little extra for breakfast and/or supper. Mikhail offers service as interpreter, guide or chauffer, or you can go out on your own. He is fluent in English and Lina can understand you if you speak more slowly than seven words a second. All your needs are taken care of and anything unexpected or unusual can be handled easily
The house is gated and guarded by Dick the dog. You are located by the sprawling Zagoradny Park and a short walk from the wide Volga River.
After breakfast, walk down the street (avoid Dick the Dog – he’s the watchdog, but he’s a nice guy at heart) to the convenient bus stop. From there, you can explore Samara, one of the most exotic, off-the-beaten-path places on the planet. To get around, there is a variety of city busses, mini-buses, trolleybuses and tram, even a subway. You can hail a ride from the curb - many cars, not just taxis, will stop for you. And, yes, there’s a McDonald’s if you absolutely must have salt and grease.
At the park there are semi-wild horses and many rides, such as the Ferris wheel, bumper cars or pedal boats. In the summer evenings, the pathways of the park are full of strollers – old, young, lovers, children, sightseers. Kiosks offer ice cream (seems to be the Russian national food), beer (Russian beer is on a par with the German) and outdoor cafes grill chicken and shaslik (pork or lamb on a stick – shish-ka-bob).
Samara is a big city and has everything to offer that any other big city has – from sports to culture to casinos. If you like to watch the young ladies, you may think you have died and gone to heaven – walking down the sidewalk in Russia is like walking through the pages of an Elle magazine.
Towards downtown, there is the “embankment.” At the water’s edge, there is a long sandy beach, for swimming, sun tanning or girl-watching. You can rent a bicycle or roller-blades, or just stroll along the wide seaside asphalt pathways. Want to take an excursion down the Volga for an hour, a day or a week? There are commercial ferries to all points on this waterway through the heart of Russia or you can hire your own small boat.
The embankment is alive day and night, with open-air bars and cafes featuring fresh-grilled chicken and fish. As the sun goes down, a festive air of music and dancing permeates the atmosphere and you want to stay in Samara forever.
Samara doesn't offer much in the way of accomodation. Most of the hotels are either 2 or 3 Stars and they include: Equatar, Hanza, Rossia, National and Molodyozhnaya. The hotel Zarechie is a 4 star hotel.
Sorry I don't have the contact details of any of these places as I stayed in my own apartment.
If you are planning to stay in Samara for more than a month then I recommend renting an apartment. You can rent either furnished or unfurnished apartments in Samara.
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