It's a standard Ibis so it is clean and comfortable and the staff is friendly and helpful. It's located about a 5-7 minute walk (in opposite directions) from 3 Metro stations. Paveletskaya station connects with the Brown (ring) line and the green line. There is also connecting commuter train station here too (with Aeroexpress to Domodedevo). In the other direction are Serpukhovskaya station (Grey/Silver) and the connecting Dobryninskaya (Brown ring line). If you take the Aeroexpress from Vnukovo (as I did), you can transfer at Kievsky.
The rooms I stayed in had either a Queen size bed or two full size side by side. Flat screen TV with 2 english stations: BBC and RT. There is a nice shower and the bathroom is not cramped.
There is a breakfast (which may or may not be included) that served an array. There is a coffee maker (and a coffee pot), hot water for tea, 2 juices: apple and orange, and water. 2 kinds of cereal, 2 kinds of bread, croissants and some toppings: jams, nutella, crushed walnuts, 3 kinds of yogurt, and an array of sliced meats, cheeses and a fish. The hot food rotated every three days. You had eggs: scrambled, a baked thing, and fried. For meat: bacon or sausage (hot dogs). Chicken of some sort: legs and thighs or chunks in a sauce; Meatballs. They had broccoli or cauliflower, potato wedges or french fries. It seemed like there would be at least something for everyone to eat. The room also serves as a restaurant in the evening and the prices seemed reasonable ($15-20 for the average entree).
There is a bar in the lobby which is open 24/7. Staffed by a rotating friendly staff, but the prices are a little on the high side.
There is no pool or gym.
They have a VERY expensive laundry service, but there are NO service laundries anywhere nearby. For the price of laundering a pair of socks or underwear ($5 each) you could buy new ones at the H+M or Uni-qlo in town.
They charge a lot for some things (toothbrush) but nothing for others (sewing kit). Odd.
There are a TON of (small) grocery stores nearby, one is 24 hours. There are a few restaurants, but not much else. There is a stand for meat wraps halfway to the train which seems to be open almost 24 hours.
It's not a bad place to stay, not quite in the middle of the action, but close enough by Metro or late night cab. Cabs, btw, at night are operated by average citizens. Just throw out your hand and negotiate a price with the regular car that stops. Usually it was 400 rubles ($11-12) from center to hotel during the wee hours. Be sure to have the address, written in cyrillic, on a piece of paper to show them.
I would stay here again, but might also look elsewhere for somewhere that had more of what I would be looking for: closer to town, a pool or a gym, near a laundry, etc.
The area at night is somewhat deserted and might look dodgy, but it felt VERY safe and I never felt at risk.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- IBIS Moscow Paveletskaya Hotel is located in the heart of Moscow business district, within walking distance to Domodedovo Airport Express train and 5 min by metro to the historic city center (Kremlin, Red Square, Bolshoy Theatre). 147 Spacious, air-conditioned rooms are ideal for booking a business or leisure stay. The hotel has a restaurant serving full buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cozy lobby bar is open 24/7 for snacks. Hotel guests can stay connected with free WiFi internet. ... more less
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