After reading that the Leningradskaya Hotel in Moscow is a "showpiece Soviet hotel" with a "grand 1950s style," I wanted to stay there. Not to mention it is but a block or so from the train station that I need.
My guidebook says that the Leningradskaya Hotel in Moscow should go for about $26 for a single. However, all the prices I come across on-line are around $100 a night. That's a big difference.
Is my guidebook just hopeless out of date, or are the on-line travel companies just trying to hose people?
If it's really $100 a night, can someone suggest someplace cheaper that's still central? I only have a day and a half in Moscow, so don't want to spend all my time commuting.
If it's not $100 a night, can someone tell me how to get a reservation for closer to $26 a night?
Thanks a million,
Hey Greg! Going to Russia!? Excellent!
I stayed at at a hotel right by the "Red Square of Doom" for my first couple nights because the hostel was full. I forget the name but it used to be known as the worlds largest hotel... may still be.
I will get the name... *searching*... Rossiya! That's the name, I am fairly certain. And as I recall it was about $60 USD per night. After a couple nights the hostel cleared up and we moved to there for $20 USD. Mind you it was a few metro rides away from downtown.
How old is the guidebook? Moscow is quite an expensive place, pretty comparable to most of Western Europe really. I would be quite surprised to find a room for $26. It is possible though that these rooms aren't being sold on the internet. Quite often hotels don't make certain types of rooms available for online booking - I guess they would lose too much of their profit. You might have to phone them or send them an email.
We stayed at the Rossiya while we were there as well. They totally stuffed up our booking and we didn't get our reserved 'Kremlin View' room, but still, the view was amazing taking in just a part of the Kremlin. (this photo was taken from the room). The hotel is an absolute maze though (it feels like a city of its own inside!) and incredibly unfriendly. The service was probably the worst I have ever come across. I would choose to stay somewhere else if I went again.
Hmmm, the guidebook is only from 2002 or 2003 (I don't have it with me just now), so I figured it would be pretty recent.
Maybe I'll check out the Rossiya, as it has now been suggested twice and that view of Moscow looks nice. I'm only in town one night, so $60 isn't bad to blow on a hotel.
- They totally stuffed up our booking
- The hotel is an absolute maze though
- Incredibly unfriendly
- The service was probably the worst I have ever come across
(And I think you forgot one)
- Over Priced
Hehe... not to be a generalist.. but that about sums up every hotel/hostel/guesthouse across western and eastern Russia.
I stayed in a total of two hostels... the one in St.Petersburg was good, but over priced. The one in Moscow was crap.
I stayed in, I think, five hotels. They ranged from really bad to horrible. They each had the majority of features from the list above.
I stayed in.. hmm... maybe three guesthomes, they were by far the best.. better food and a greater hospitality in general.
I stayed in two apartments.. both were soviet blocs, but that is to be expected. It was nice being able to go to the store and good my own meals once in awhile.
I think I would recommend Greg a guesthouse or apartment.
Actually, our hotel in St Petersburg (The German Club) was actually really nice. Well, not nice, but the staff were immensely friendly, the prices were reasonable and the rooms were well enough looked after. Unfortunately, it was a long way out of the city center, which was a down side. On the upside, it did give us a feel for suburban St Petersburg, which would be hard to get otherwise.
I actually didn't find the Rossiya more expensive than comparable places in other parts of Europe. I booked it as a 'Last Minute' booking though, so it was discounted considerably. But I wouldn't say I recommend it either.. Greg, if you do decide to stay there, I would recommend trying to get one of the Kremlin View rooms if you can - I think they were only about $10 more (as a Last Minute booking) and a view like that would be worth it in my opinion. You're not guaranteed that view in the other rooms. That's if they don't screw up your booking..
The idea of a homestay / guesthouse sounds good though - I have seen many people recommend that for Russia now! I would agree with Brendan that that would probably be the best option.
While a home stay or guest stay would have been cool, I really wanted to stay in a big, Soviet style hold-over. So I booked the Rossiya. It was $CAD 123 a night (86 euros) for a Kremlin view. It's only one night, and this vacation is actually turning out less than I would have expected, so I figured why not spend the extra bucks.
Next up, finding a place to stay in Beijing!
Crap! It's all booked up. How can "one of the largest hotels in Europe" be all booked up a month from now?!?
Anyway, on to my second hotel. The Tourist Hotel near the botantical gardens, which if I understand the layout of Moscow (which I probably don't) is at least close to the Yaroslavl train station, why my train leaves from.