I stayed here 15-22 August 2012, after a long deliberation of the various hotels and prices. I used various review sites, including this one, to select the most convenient but not necessarily the cheapest hotel. To all the reviews i added my own pinch of "salt"
Comparing by price a city centre hotel could cost around £800-£1100 per week, with breakfast. Including tax this was £492.
As for location, the metro prazhskaya is about 5-10 minutes walk (well for me) and very much a straight route 11 stops to the centre of the city. Several stations on the Grey line #9, link with the other main lines, including the circular brown line #5. Once you have a metro card loaded, it will only cost one of the tokens to travel literally anywhere in Moscow and if you're planning ahead this can mean you'll use just 2 per day.
I have just read a review here listed under "poor". I dont have any connection to the hotel, so my review is unbiased and i shall happily tell you the truth about my stay. I must wholeheartedly disagree with the views expressed and I notice the author was actually in the hotel at the same time as me. I wonder whether this was the same hotel, because I think the view expressed is completely wrong and does not do the hotel justice.
The location is good, but some new roads are being built. this is to help congestion around the city, with the ring road being expanded and a new one being added. there are building works going on but to be honest you dont hear much, except for normal working hours.
There is a mall at the end of the road, near the other entrance to the metro station Prazhskaya, which you get to from either entrance. There is a furniture and home ware mall directly next door.
If you want something in the city, the hotels there will cost you twice the price, not necessarily are they any better.
I had booked online through "easytobook", there were many ways to book a room but this i found was the cheapest. I had a double room with shower on the 5th floor. the view from the room overlooked a sort of distribution centre, but i was not there for the view from the hotel room. I did contact the hotel directly and ask for my reservation details, which they sent by return email. I was more interested in making sure the booking website was legit rather than the hotel.
I'd checked out the are using google maps STREET view, because some areas of moscow were possibly a bit dodgy as they would be in any city. I was pleased with the area, access and prominence to the airport domodedovo.
It is also NO SMOKING, unlike in some hotels where this is still allowed.
so, to arrival. well due to the traffic problem it took my driver 3.5 hours to cover what should have been a 50-60 minute journey. couple that with a 2 hour queue in customs, and you'll see my arrival was at 9pm.
this was no problem. i checked in and the reception guy had reasonable english skills. we communicated well. I went to my room on the 5th floor, and was suitably impressed. It was on a par to a premier inn with quality of furnishings. I did not like the pillows provided but put two together to offer more support (i have a memory foam pillow so it was too soft with one only).
dumping my bag i went down in one of the 4 lifts. I had a peak in the restaurant where breakfast would be served, great looking room.
i went back into the lounge/bar area and sat down. on the tables were menus in english and russian. within a moment Vadim was asking me would i like to have a drink. His english was excellent, and we chatted for a moment. I asked what he recommended in the beer range. I ended up with a Botchka, a local brew.
I ordered a greek salad with chicken and borsch (the russian soup made from beetroot base) and within about 10-15 minutes was tucking into delicious food.
Gregory was the other staff member worthy of mention. He too had good english skills and was a little surprised when I responded with some russian!
During the meal i had noticed a whole clutch of chinese (a term i've made up), and a load of germans booking in. The hotel seemed like it was a mecca because during my week, they kept on coming! more chinese than in china!
Next morning i woke and went down to breakfast.to find it was chaos! As i have a slight disability i found the jostling a little unnerving and there was no one to ask to help me get breakfast. I gave up went back and raided the mini-bar for the various snacks and drinks that became my normal morning sustainance.
I asked reception for a sink plug. the maintenance guy who came to the room to show me how to use the safe (the instructions for this were in english but i had difficulty following them) said I should just use the sink with the tap running. I thought this was a completely ludicrous suggestion considering the efforts the hotel had gone to with the energy saving light bulbs etc.
In the end i used a flannel and let the water run slowly. (the sink was for shaving only)
the shower door was flimsy and could easily have broken with a little undue pressure and the wood suround around the bathroom door nearly came off in my hand as i stepped in and out of the shower.
there was no non-slip mat for the shower but instead a towel with feet imprinted was the substituted accident prevention device.
the room was warm and the aircon not great even on the lowest. But hey there was two windows!
the bed was ok, bit lumpy but nothing too much to moan about.
I asked at reception if they had a disabled accesible room. the reply was what items did i want that i did not have. I tried to explain that a hand rail in the shower would be nice with a wider door to it.
Dont go to any east european country and expect to get around easily, if you have mobility issues. I am really mobile and found the stairs and distances horrendous. This hotel had a ramp, lifts and reasonably large rooms. wheel chair users will struggle getting about the city.
i spent most days out and about returning late evening, to find Vadim and Gregory doing their jobs efficiently and with a smile. most times i ate out, but often came back for dinner and a beer.
the prices of food were comparable to a london hotel, you know they're not going to be cheap but hey you cant be bothered to find somewhere else. Food standard was great, good portions and delicious. I tried quite a few items and was delighted to discover the "special, meal deal" for 590 roubles - main, salad and cuppa.. one night i had steak, anther beef goolash. Beer was 210 roubles, about £4 for a 500ml glass. Not cheap, but hey its a hotel not a pub.
I had been buying water (dont drink the tap water!) but a few days in discovered the reception had a water dispenser. Most times it was nearly empty but was replenished often. So, in the end i kept the bottle and refilled them.
Now, let me tell you about the weekend. The service and atmosphere changed. Often times there would be a huge delay waiting to get served. it seemed like only one guy was on duty and he had very little english. i resorted to pointing to show him what i wanted. Obviously Gregory and Vadim did not work at the weekend and a skeleton staff appeared to be all that held it together. Even though on sunday, the influx of chinese happened and they sort of overran the place.
On friday night and saturday night as i came down i could hear loud music and a dj. There was a wedding reception going on in the restaurant, however I did not hear it in my room. perhaps on level 2-4 you might.
nether event bothered me so nothing to worry about.
anyway, back to the weekend. one german couple came in and sat. the waiter was behind the bar doing stuff but in my opinion not very much. the couple waited for 30 minutes, the waiter had disappeared to deliver room service. the couple were becoming agitated, and kept getting up and down expecting to be served but didnt.
as the waiter returned i beckoned and then pointed to the couple. I had saved him from getting a complaint about the poor service.
However normal efficiency returned on monday when vadim and gregory returned to take control.
I stay in hotels reasonably often. Usually they are for sleeping and the rest of the time you're out and about. Decor? Ok, Restaurant? Pricey, but nice food promptly delivered. Language skills? Excellent (we're the foreigners!), Location? Adequate Price? Reasonable (Moscow is expensive).
Would i stay again? Yes. I would like perhaps to try the sister hotel, Katerina City, in the centre but this is slightly more expensive and the reviews were not as good.
i had room 507. cannot say about any others
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