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2020 Russia Accommodation: Where To Stay In Moscow
Written by travel writer, Ivan Tannenberg. Ivan is an independent traveler, history junkie, and a techno-geek.
A sprawling capital of Russia, one of the must-visit cities in the country, has long been known as an expensive city for hotel rates. While the situation has improved significantly over the past several years, the authorities are still adding accommodation in Moscow options to suit every taste and budget.
Moscow is rapidly becoming a city that caters not only to a well-heeled clientele but also to travelers on a tight budget. After my several trips to Moscow, I’ve noticed that a lot of people tend to stay near the Kremlin. It is definitely convenient but adds up quickly.
But where else should you stay in Moscow? If you’re planning a trip to Moscow and looking for decent places to stay in Moscow, Russia away from the Kremlin walls, here are some options on where to sleep in Moscow that you might want to consider:
- Kitay-Gorod: Great choicer for first timers to Moscow
- Basmanny: Best place to stay in Moscow with kids
- Presnensky: This area to stay in Moscow if you’re short on cash
- Khamovniki: Fun and funky part of Moscow
- Tverskoy: Best place to stay in Moscow for Moscow city nightlife
Luxury Hotels In Moscow: Where To Stay In Moscow If Budget Is A Big Deal
Swissotel Krasnye Holmy
Located just a stone’s throw away from Paveletskaya metro station and Paveletsky railway terminal, where trains from Domodedovo airport arrive, Swissotel Krasnye Holmy is a top-notch hotel with a mind-boggling 360-degree panoramic view of Moscow and the river. It takes a couple of seconds to get to the top of 34-story tower to enjoy a dinner and view on the rooftop terrace.
This area of Moscow is very quiet despite the proximity of the railway station. The hotel has clean and contemporary rooms and suites, a fitness center, a sauna and the service is just outstanding.
Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow
One of the most luxurious hotels in Moscow, Hotel Baltschug Kempinski building dates back to 1898. Situated in the middle of the Baltschug Island, the hotel is within walking distance of major tourist attractions in Moscow, including the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the Red Square. Just cross the bridge to find yourself near the best places to visit in Moscow, Russia.
From the moment you step into the lobby, you will be welcomed by courteous omnipresent staff. Within seconds, you feel extremely relaxed and comfortable like a home away from home. The Kempinski hotel has 225 opulent rooms decorated with curtains and other soft furnishings made from sumptuous fabrics.
Four Seasons Hotel Moscow
I will be honest; Four Seasons Hotel is one of the best hotels in Moscow. Overlooking the Manezhnaya Square, it is just three minutes’ walk from the Red Square and the State Historical Museum. OK, this hotel near Red Square Moscow is not very far from the Kremlin walls, but with 180 elegant rooms, monumental Stalinist architecture and over-the-top amenities, it offers a wide range of excellent facilities and the best service.
Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya
This typical Hilton hotel is situated in one of Stalin’s Seven Sister skyscrapers and has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Although it is close to the busy Leningradsky and Kazansky railway stations, the Moscow city area around the hotel is not grotty at all. With several business centers and various governmental institutions around, Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya provides easy access to all major transportation hubs.
I have stayed here a number of times and always had excellent service from pleasant and helpful staff. As one of the top Moscow hotels, it also has very comfortable beds, a swimming pool, restaurants and bars and is a short ride from the Red Square, one of the absolute top sites in Moscow.
Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow
Set in one of the wealthiest Moscow neighborhoods, next to Kutuzovsky Avenue and the main office of Russian Government, this high-rise is one of the two Joseph Stalin skyscrapers you can actually get into. And it is well worth the effort. Like its sisters, the Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow, formerly known as the Hotel Ukraine, is unique in its grandeur. The interior underwent a vast renovation in 2010. Now, the hotel is regarded as one of the best in Moscow.
Besides its spectacular collection of arches, stained glass windows, and a painted ceiling, the hotel also has a restaurant serving delicious mouth-watering food. A fleet of all-weather luxury tourist boats cruise the Moscow River even in the dead of winter, definitely one of those cool things to do in Moscow.
More reading: Travel Itinerary For One Week in Moscow
Mid-Range Hotels In Moscow
Izmailovo Tourist Hotel Complex
One of Moscow’s most budget-friendly options, the Izmailovo complex comprises five interconnected blocks, which are very popular with big groups of travelers. Each one of the five blocks has its own name, but in general, service and prices are often quite similar.
Although not necessarily located in the central Moscow districts, the hotel is situated right beside Partizanskaya metro station. It takes about 20 minutes to reach the Red Square by metro. The Izmailovo Kremlin and the area locals call the Vernissage (otherwise large shopping area and the flea market) were just an added bonus to staying at this hotel.
Red Brick Hotel
While there are plenty of mid-range hotels in the historical center of Moscow, the Red Brick Hotel is my favorite one. Located within walking distance of Kitai-Gorod metro station and the Pryanik Museum, the hotel has some of its rooms decorated with brick walls and in general look very stylish. Some of the rooms may be smaller than in other hotels around, but they were recently renovated and are very cozy.
The staff were very helpful and knowledgeable, and they even offered me some useful tips for exploring the area around. I enjoyed their food in a casual atmosphere, great value for money.
With 60 small no-frills rooms, this place is not just a hotel or a B&B, but the owners refer to it as an attractive hotel for business and savvy travelers alike! Located in the Tverskoy District (with great city access and cool and trendy bars in the area), Arium Hotel features a restaurant that serves Caucasian cuisine and a 24-hour gym. The rooms come with complimentary free WiFi. They also provide a roundtrip airport shuttle for a surcharge.
Mercure Hotel Baumanskaya
This hotel is a short walk from Baumanskaya metro station, the Epiphany Cathedral at Yelokhovo, and Yauza River. This quiet and small hotel has free WiFi, and it didn’t feel like staying in a branded hotel (Accorhotels). The interior is done up in a modern style, while the rooms are equipped with plentiful amenities. The hotel restaurant offers a delicious variety of international cuisine. Additionally, there is a wide variety of dining establishments in the area nearby.
The staff is really friendly and fluent in English (unlike many other hotels in Moscow). All public areas in the hotel were designed to provide effective wide-spectrum air cleaning, so lung disorder sufferers are sure to breathe easily here. Complimentary bottled water in rooms is likewise provided for those staying at this hotel.
Budget Hotels And Hostels In Moscow: Where To Stay In Moscow On A Budget
Pokrovka 6 Hotel
This small but lovely hotel occupies an attic in a building with oddly shaped rooms. Located some 12 minutes’ walk from the Red Square and just 7 minutes from the Kitai-Gorod metro station, Pokrovka 6 Hotel has its clean and up to date rooms decorated in light and bright colors. Chistoprudny Boulevard and the area around it is filled with a number of great restaurants so make sure to visit some of them.
Perhaps one of the best hostels in Moscow for socializing because of its central location, proximity to a wide range of tourist attractions and very helpful English-speaking staff. Located on the third floor of a historical building in the very heart of the Russian capital, the Comrade Hostel is really clean.
While the lack of an elevator may cause some inconvenience, you shouldn’t worry. Ask the staff to help with your luggage, and they will gladly do just that. The hostel offers laundry and self-catering facilities.
With a cool and catchy business name, the Vagabond hostel was founded by two nomads who have a reputation of being avid travelers. Their hostel is yet another cool place to stay while backpacking Moscow, where you can relax, chat with fellow backpackers and find travel buddies to hang out with. If you’re looking for things to do at night in Moscow, your fellow guests will be able to give you some tips.
It is a really well-thought-out hostel that features a kitchenette, extra luggage storage for your backpacking gear, shared lounge, and bathrooms. Situated just two metro stops away from Belorusskaya railway station (where Aeroexpress trains from Sheremetyevo arrive) near the monument of Pushkin, this hostel is definitely not to be missed while in Moscow.
Fasol Hostel And Bar
While hidden in the courtyards amid early 20th-century apartment buildings, Fasol Hostel is just 7 minutes’ walk from Chistye Prudy metro station. They have several dorm rooms, a large shared lounge with couches, tables, and even a bar. The hostel offers self-catering and laundry facilities, towels and slippers.
Because of the fact that Fasol Hostel is laid-back and budget-friendly, it is especially popular with younger travelers. Thus, it can get quite loud. To avoid the noise, I definitely recommend staying on the second floor since all events usually take place on the first floor. There is a decent grocery store nearby, so make sure to visit it at least once.
Other Good Hotels In Moscow
Loft Hotel H11
If you’re traveling with kids, the Loft Hotel in Basmanny is the best central Moscow hotels. This low key hotel in the center of town is ideal. Basmanny is an area in Moscow known for its chilled vibe and clean, safe streets.
Hotel Nikolsky Red Square
Just a five minute walk to the heart of Moscow near the Kremlin and Red Square, this is where to stay in Moscow if you are short on time and don’t want to spend time commuting to the key sights.
Invite City House
This boutique hotel is where to stay in Moscow if you’re on a budget and want a simple room (breakfast included), but are okay to take a subway ride to and from the city center.
Cheap Hostels In Moscow
- City Hostel
- Godzillas Hostel
- Napoleon Hostel
- Good News Hostel
When choosing where to stay in Moscow it is always important to compare prices at various hotel search engines and booking apps. Also, consider what is Moscow known for, and try to stay as close to the main attractions as possible. Thus, if you’re planning a trip to Moscow I recommend using price-comparison search engines such as Booking.com or Ostrovok.ru.
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