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“Location is central and the hotel is a nice place to stay”
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Hotel Belarus
Ranked #6 of 42 Hotels in Minsk
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 June 2011

Hotel Belarus is a nice place to stay. The location is good. A short walk can take one to the major sightseeing areas here. The room was spacious, clean and comfortable. It provided a beautiful view of the outside. The bathroom was clean too. The pool is quite large with saunas. There is also a good gym here. But I heard that we have to pay extra for using the gym and saunas. The restaurant is good. It serves nice food. The breakfast buffet was fine. I stayed here with my wife for two days. We don’t mind staying here again.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 June 2011

Hotel is very good. Very helpful personal. It is located not far from the center of Minsk. It is very easy to find it. There is extreamly beautiful wiev from the window. I am very sad that we can't stay there this year.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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6  Thank Vika77
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Reviewed 26 May 2011

Vintage Soviet-style all the way. Something for everyone to experience once before these places become extinct. Main problem was utter lack of sleep comfort -- miserable little bed, curtains in name only, no air conditioning. Nice view of West World though from room 821. And, the restaurant food was good. Lots of things to photograph here -- mural in pool area something special. Need a taxi to get downtown from the Belarus Hotel. Don't even think of the business center as an option.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled solo
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6  Thank Paubranco
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Reviewed 4 November 2010

We expected a real Soviet experience in this hotel, and I think we got one. The hotel is huge, the lobby is huge (and a bit dark in the evenings), the staff is numerous... The room itself (business one) was really nice and clean, and actually not so Soviet one. Like any western hotel room. The view from the 14th floor was just great! But the real experience started outside the room...

The restaurant at the 22nd floor offered great views, and some local singers during evenings. At the 6th floor there is a homey bar, or cafe. At the second floor there is also a pub with a lot of billiard tables and a really big gym. At the ground floor there was a bar (again), a restaurant, a flower shop, currency exchange, a small kiosk (open until 02:00..) and even a water park...! Just next to the hotel is one of the biggest nightclubs in Minsk with plenty of crowd. Even a small erotic bar for lonely ones...

The only real weakness of the hotel is the distance from the city center, at least 20-30 minutes by foot. But to be honest, it's probably better there on its own quiet park than next to the main street in the city center, where the noise of the cars must be unceasing...

The price of the hotel was perhaps a bit expensive, but budget travelers rarely go to Belarus anyway...

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with friends
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11  Thank Jellona
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Reviewed 9 August 2010

I have to disagree with most of the reviews here. I found this to be a very good hotel, and very cheap at only $50 a night (hint: prices vary widely depending on the travel agency you use - if you use Minotel Express, it is the cheapest).

Contrary to what the other reviews here say, I found the people on the reception desk all spoke excellent English, and were very polite and helpful. Even the "floor ladies" were nice, although they didn't speak English.

My room was an ok size, and was very quiet, with an excellent view over Minsk. The hotel is a little bit far from the centre - about a 20 minute walk to the main street of downtown. There is a large indoor pool with saunas, but you have to pay extra for it (although it is fairly cheap). There is a fitness centre, but you also have to pay for it, and it is not so cheap.

No "ladies of the evening" ever showed up at my room, as I was warned might happen.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled solo
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6  Thank NAURU
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Reviewed 8 January 2010

Me and my wife stayed in the hotel in January 2010.

The hotel is not any up-to-date, it's a typical Soviet hotel so it's hard to write a review living in 21st century.

Location: Good. Right to the river Svisloch. 10 minutes walk to the main Orthodox cathedral and the historical part of Minsk.

Rooms and facilities: We stayed at the standard room. It was clean but had really old facilities. Actually it reminded me a usual Soviet apartment of 1980s.

Breakfast: The buffet breakfast is normal. You won't probably be delighted but you won't leave the restaurant hungry. BTW the buffet breakfast (not the continental one!) takes place on the 22nd floor so you also will enjoy a river view.

Internet: There are no free internet. Wi-Fi is offered for a very low price (about 35 eurocents per hour) but we didn't try it.

Staff: Soviet-style. All these people are friendly but don't expect too much from them.

If you don't want to spend money on Crowne Plaza or if you are interested in diving into the atmosphere of the Soviet Union of 1980s choose this hotel. It will be an interesting experience for you... if you are not a Soviet-born person 30+. :)

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Alexander P
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Reviewed 8 December 2009

Anyone who has not travelled to Belarus before will probably have several difficulties. 1. the visa, 2. dealing with language barriers 3. the lack of activities and 4. the lack of service. As you first leave the airport etc, expect BAD service from every angle, expect people to be rude and selfish.

Maybe I have painted this in a bad picture first of all, so I should expand on what I mean. The economic system has been designed so that foreign investors are taxed so heavily they keep away, as are independent shop-keepers. Thus it leaves a monopoly on the industry which is owned by the government. The people employed by the government do not receive scalable salaries (ok maybe very slight), so essentially people do not care.

That's right! Waitresses earn as much as doctors and in some cases...more!. Which is essentially the reason for the bad service. I argued with the reception at least three times, the shop keeper whom I wanted to buy some goods from looked at me as if to say "what do you want from me?".

We decided to go to the restaurant on the ground floor and was told by the waiter to leave our cloaks in the cloakroom outside. We did this and the cloakroom person turned us away, the waiter then took our coats back to the cloakroom and was told ok, but if we were not back by 11pm, she would lock up and leave our coats in the cloakroom. The hotel is also run so hugely inefficient, I pointed some things out to my partner who just found it incredibly funny.

The more you investigate Minsk, the more you realise how incredibly ineffecient it is as a city by the way!. You had one person watching 4 fruit machines (and quite often arguing with people who were using them), you had 2 doormen who did not take your bags, 3 security guards who read papers all day, the souvenir shop person. three people working in the cafe which was empty on most occasions I went in there. 2 people at the cash desk (and one at the currency exchange), most people I saw queueing there was 3 people. 2-3 people at reception. But the funniest thing of all was the floor ladies.

One on each floor which was the equivalent of a Russian tank lady (if you know the phrase you will know what I mean). Each one a complete a total hitler, taken by three shifts over thr 24 hour period. This equates to roughly 66 people employed by the hotel, who did nothing but make your life a misery. The rooms themselves reeked of smoke, the decor was like a trip back in time to the 1970s although the bed itself was quite comfortable.

I actually took the time out to read the hotel manual (purely because the lack of activities in Minsk) I noticed that they charged for extra things such as: an extra pillow (you only got one in a double bed), an extra cover (bearing in mind it was cold her anyway - without heating in the room), turning the phone on so you could make a call. It kind of put me off using any of the services in the hotel, so I didn't.

Plus the hotel spends its time in complete darkness!!!! but this is common across Minsk in general.

Expect to pay double for the taxis outside of the hotel than using a 152 taxi.

So thats the bad points, now onto the good points: the view from the hotel is very nice, the view from the hotel is breath-taking, one that I can only compare with the top of the Eiffel Tower, the food is great in this restaurant albeit a little pricey, the food in the Belarusian restaurant on the ground floor is good also, and they do have services such as a swimming pool and a gym which are nice for the hotel. The hotel is centrally located and is about 10 minutes walk from the nice areas of Minsk.

Should you travel to Minsk, here are my recommendations:

1. Don't stay at this hotel unless you want to feel like they are paying you to stay there. The other hotels are very expensive compared to this (Europe for instance) but if you can manage to work around the Tourist companies for a visa, do so.

2. Don't stay for a long time 2-3 days maximum. Minsk is not designed for tourists.

3. Expect people to be curt with you, no matter how polite you are with them. When I held open a tube door for a woman who was struggling with her child, she was shocked.

4. Keep on your toes, watch out for vehicles driving along pavements because they will run you over. It is their right of way, not yours. Also when crossing a road the green man does NOT mean you have right of way for vehicles turnaround around the corner.

5. Try and stick the tubes, they are very useful BR600 per entry into the tube.

6. Meals for two cost around BR70,000 (around £18/E20) in the centre; in the outskirts and away from the tube stations you can find these same meals costing around BR40,000 (around £9 / E10)

7. When you find a good restaurant, tip well BR5,000 (£1.10) is a average tip, BR10,000 is a very good tip and when I gave a girl BR15,000 (£4.00) she was ecstatic and the service was amazing every single time.

Enjoy!

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank Ricci0509
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Address: Storozhovskaya Str, 15, Minsk 220002, Belarus
Region: Belarus > Minsk
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Minsk
Price Range: £34 - £72 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Belarus 3*
Number of rooms: 484
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Belarus Hotel is located near administrative and business centre of Minsk and metro station Nemiga. The hotel has 484 rooms of different class, equipped with modern furniture, satellite TV, telephone. Guests are welcome to use parking, beauty salon, pharmacy, currency exchange, shop, Laundry service, gym, pool and sauna, as well as access to wireless Internet (Wi-Fi), safe at the reception. The highlight of the hotel is a panoramic elevator that will take everyone to the observation deck, where you can enjoy the beauty of the capital. On the 22nd floor of the hotel offers is the "Panorama" restaurant, which also offers great views of the city of Minsk. Cafe "Belarusian cuisine" and "Paparats-Kvetka," cosy bars will give you the opportunity to relax in a calm and pleasant atmosphere. For business meetings you can rent a conference hall for 229 seats with equipment for simultaneous translation, conference hall for 35 seats or 2 rooms for negotiations with 16 seats each. ... more   less 
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