English speaking desk clerks.
Old style but comfortable and reasonable price.
Russian style breakfast, no choise.
We recently stayed here for two nights.
This hotel offers nice rooms but the prices are rather high for what is offered.
We paid 5300r(132,5 EUR) per night.
Reception staff speaks English and is friendly for Russian standards.
We got a spacious well-equipped room on the first floor. Double bed, TV, minibar, plenty of hot water (electric boiler specifically for our room) and amenities, bidet.
As opposed to what Lonely Planet writes this hotel DOES HAVE an elevator.
In the hallway a cold and hot drinkwater dispenser is available.
Wifi is available for free, the code is given to you when you check in.
The hotel has a wellness area which we have not used. Use of wellness is not included in the room price and the supplements are hefty. Price-list can be found in the room.
Breakfast is included, it is organised as a small buffet. It is definitely too limited for a hotel with this kind of room prices. Much of the hot food was cold or finished by the time we got there (around 10am) and the personnel doesn't replace anything. The only coffee available for free was Nescafe, espresso or capuccino from the machine costed extra. Breakfast is really the weakest point of this hotel.
A nice attention was the handwritten weather forecast the cleaning ladies left in our room.
To get here from Tomsk-1-station, take trolleybus number 4 in front of the Autovokzal (it is on the same square as the station, on your right when exiting the stationbuilding). Get off at the Universitet-stop. The conductor of the trolleybus makes you pay an extra ticket for big suitcases but at 7r(0,20 EUR) a ticket, this is not an issue.
We stayed in this "interesting" hotel which seemed at the beginning of October 2004 to be the only budget place in town. When we arrived, the reception area was full of gypsies which gave a mixed feeling. Anyway, the then unrenovated hotel offered us a twin room for 800 roubles. The toilets were in the corridor. Whereas I was lucky, the ladies toilet was renovated and clean, my travel mate had to use the male toilet miles away near the dormitories where the gypsies stayed and I was told that the use of the unclean toilet was close to unbearable. For the shower we had to pay 20 roubles each, they were located in the cellar. They had plenty of hot water but you needed to find the lady at the little desk in front of the reception to whom you paid and who opened them for you. The showers were cleanish but had very mouldy walls. Our room was fine enough - no complaints there.
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