I usually stay at hostels, but as a part of the deal to get a visa to Belarus, I had to let my agency book a hotel from a (limited) list of hotels for me. U Fontana turned out to be the best combination of price and acceptable reviews. I did, however, end up rather disappointed. First, none of the staff spoke a word English. This is rather common among the average Belarusian, but you expect the staff at a hotel to at least master basic vocabulary. They seemed helpful and friendly though, but because of he language barrier I didn't talk much with them. My second encounter with the staff was later the day I arrived. I hadn't slept much on the night bus from Rīga, and decided to sleep a few hours before heading out. Naturally I put up the "do not disturb" sign, though this did not prevent them from banging on my door later! At this point I had overslept, so it didn't ruin my day, but "do not disturb" usually means just that, do not disturb! Maybe this encounter scared them, as my room was only cleaned once during my entire six-night stay there... Maybe there are some hotel customs I'm not familiar with due to always staying in hostels, maybe I was supposed to tell them I wanted my room cleaned, but from my limited time in hotels, I'm used to this happening automatically. Their breakfast was rather boring, but okay. I only tried macaroni with a few side dishes, as "macaroni" was the only Russian word I understood from the waitress. They have free parking, which I suppose is good if you come by car, but if you come by foot, prepare to walk. The city center is at least 40 minutes away! Pretty much the only positive thing I can say about this place, is that if you like nightlife, there is a nightclub literally down the street. All in all, I'd recommend travellers to find a cheaper hotel/hostel closer to the city center, or find an agency that let's you choose where you want to stay yourself (ie. not BelarusTourService...)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel "U fontana" is located next to the avenues - Winners and Masherova in cultural-historical and business center of Minsk, a 10-minute drive from the exhibition center "BelExpo" and sports and cultural complex "Minsk-Arena". Near the historical part of the city - the Trinity suburb, fountain "Sail" and Victory park, as well as other attractions. The 300-x m. from the hotel there is a shopping center, entertainment night club, underground station "Molodegznaya". Excellent transport links will get anywhere in the city as soon as possible . Advantages of the hotel: - Individual approach to each guest. - Free WI-FI and guest parking. - Restaurant, sauna, conference services, summer cafe. - Loyalty program for regular guests. - Special rates: Early Booking, minimum stay, last minute offer. - Various actions weekday and weekend. - Transfer from / to the airport, bus station. - Close to the historic center of Minsk. From the underground 500 m. Hotel "U fontana" offers 18 cozy rooms of different categories - deluxe 2-bedroom, 2-bedroom Superior 2-bed standard 2-seater and 1 seater. Each room has a double bed or two twin beds; all necessary furniture; (Wi-Fi); individual air-conditioning; mini bar; LCD TV; phone; soundproofed windows. In the bathroom: Modern sanitary ware, shower, hairdryer, toiletries, bathrobes and towels. All rooms with double and single occupancy. On request extra beds and cots. The restaurant "U fontana" serves the Belarusian and European cuisine, and enjoy the comfortable ambiance. Continental breakfast in the restaurant are from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Guests can order room service lunch or dinner. The restaurant holds celebrations, banquets. Banquet halls for 50 and 25 people. Outdoor cafe in a fruit garden with an outdoor terrace and wooden pergolas where you can relax to the sounds of a flowing fountain and order such as kebab with grilled vegetables. The hotel has a spa suite. Where it offers a Russian sauna, Finnish sauna, swimming pool with hydrocannon, Jacuzzi, relaxation room with fireplace, Russian billiards. For business meetings, trainings, seminars and workshops hotel offers a conference room for 25 people with the provision of the necessary equipment and catering: coffee breaks, lunches. Among the services the hotel "U fontana" - round the clock reception service; transfer; luggage storage; air and rail / train tickets; Custom tours and tickets for theater, sports and recreational activities; Business services - print, copy machine, fax machine; Car rental with driver; turndown service, wake-up; laundry and dry cleaning. Within the hotel complex free guest parking. A manager will order a taxi if necessary. The friendly, professional staff will orient in the choice of a variety of hotel services, leisure facilities in the city. Will assist in solving any problems related to the stay in the hotel complex. ... more less
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