When I was looking to book a hotel in Moscow, Artel was the ideal option as it was relatively cheap (compared to the others available!) but still within a stone's throw of Red Square. We booked via booking.com but also looked at the hotel's own website and saw that it was very quirky, as each room was designed by an artist with a different theme. There weren't many reviews as the hotel is quite new, but most people seemed to say that it was quite noisy due to the nightclub two floors below. We were prepared to put up with this because of the great location and the price.
The hotel swiftly sent us a 'tourist invitation' which was necessary to apply for our visas, and also offered to organise us a taxi from the airport (this cost 2000 Rbl but was totally worth it even though the traffic was appalling!). On arrival, we did wonder what on earth we'd come to - the exterior of the building is fine but the lobby looks rather dodgy! There is an ancient elevator or 3 flights of concrete steps, leading to a neon-lit reception desk where the staff are friendly and speak really good English. The stairwell and reception area are covered in graffiti and fliers, and the dark corridors are glowing with green and red light, so you assume it's a bit scuzzy but it's actually very clean.
I can't speak for any of the other rooms but ours was decorated with giant paintings of semi naked women! The bed was a built-in wooden platform with a matress on top, and there was a little en suite bathroom with wet room-style shower. All quite basic but very clean, and there were all the things you need, i.e. electricity sockets, a small table, a plug-in heater, and a rail with coathangers - there was even a basket of toiletries in the bathroom! The bed was surprisingly comfy but the hotel itself was extremely noisy, especally that first night (a Friday). The music from the club was very loud until about 6am, but the most irritating thing was that people kept banging doors, clattering up and down corridors and yelling at the tops of their voices! The only way to block it was the use ear plugs. By the second night we'd got used to it a bit more, and on the Sunday night it didn't seem so busy. The shower only seemed to have hot water in the evenings, which was a bit odd but OK.
One pleasing aspect was that the hotel offers a free breakfast on request - the choice was bread and cheese, scone and jam, cornflakes or porridge, plus tea/coffee. We asked for bread and cheese, but when it arrived at our room there was literally two small slices of bread and two cheese slices! I know it was free but we were expecting a little bit more! The maid who brought it demanded a tip as well.
When we checked out, the reception staff arranged us a taxi back to the airport (this was 1800 Rbl), and also allowed us to leave our suitcases at the hotel during the day as our flight was late at night. Overall I think it was a pretty decent hotel - they just need to try and insulate the rooms or something to lessen the noise!!
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