Kazan is about 60 to 90 min flight from Moscow either on Aeroflot or S7. It is hosting the 2013 Student Olympics next month. The hotel is about 40-60 minutes from the airport, dependent on traffic, and can either be reached by taxi or you can arrange a transfer with the hotel but this is not cheap, but convenient, no fighting with taxi drivers!
The hotel is on the other side of a lake/river from the old town. If you get a water side view you have a lovely view of this, see attached pictures. Just in front of the hotel there’s a large water park, with a long straight pool for length swimming, and other fun pools of various depths for adults and kids, with water slides too! If you go for a superior room, or suite, entry to these is included in the room rate but otherwise you have to pay around 350 Rubles/person/day (I think). There is a health spa etc in the grounds too.
There is an entertainment complex next door with pool bars, 10 pin bowling alley and a number of restaurants and bars. The bar on the fourth floor has a lovely view over the water to the old town for a sunset drink, but beware of the mosquitos!
The hotel itself is clean and tidy and my room had a lovely large window looking over the “lake”. The bed was a king and lovely and comfortable but the pillows were rather small and too soft for my liking. Bathroom was medium size with a walk in shower, wash basin and toilet all spotless clean, as was my room. Typical fridge with soft and alcoholic drinks etc, but I did not use them as they generally are V. expensive. Every night there was a 500 ml bottle of water for free. Unfortunately there was no tea or coffee making facilities in the room. 20MB for fee wifi usage per day in your room or free wifi in the bar and public areas.
The breakfast is served in the “Amore” restaurant, included in the room rate, had a good selection of both hot and cold foods. Fruit and yogurt or cereals for starters, ham, cheese etc too. A hot selection too with porridge, and conventional things like bacon, sausage, omelettes, breakfast potatoes, pancakes. They had fried eggs too but for the four days I had them they were always cold as mentioned in a previous report! One morning, when I had the omelette, someone said they just had the chill off them. So I don’t know if this is a “normal” Tartar thing to serve them cold or if they are just prepared very early and left to get cold. However, for them to be like this for four days makes me thing this is the normal style, but not to my liking!
The staff are friendly and helpful, but some don’t speak very much English, but they generally “nip” off to get one of their colleagues that do so its works.
An excellent place to stay if you want water sports but about 3 miles (5 Km) from town. However, this can be reached in about 15 minutes by taxi for about 150-200 Rubles (£3-4) if you want to go sightseeing. Lots of other visits on offer to monasteries etc if this is your taste.
Would I go back, maybe, but as I am not a “water baby” I might try another hotel nearer the town. However, if you or your family loves water then this could be the place for you.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Expedia, Booking.com, Priceline, Evoline ltd, Cancelon and HotelQuickly so you can book your Riviera reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.