We stayed for three nights and we enjoyed it as much as we could.
First, the hotel is brand new, it only opened one year ago. Everything is sparkling clean, there's a lady in the lobby that washes the floor and the door after each visitor, which I found very impressive.
The reception personnel is very friendly and helpful, they arranged a couple of sightseeing tours for us that we enjoyed a lot and they were always eager to help, which isn't so typical for Russian hotels reception staff. I booked my stay on-line and the system gave me the wrong price, when arrived I paid this amount of money but then I found out that we should have got a weekend/holiday rate which is lower, so I checked with the reception and they actually returned me the amount of money I overpaid, which was a nice surprise!
The room was HUGE. Judging by the hotel plan it was the smallest they have which is unbelievable cause there's so much space and the bathroom is also quite big. It does have soap and shower gel, but make sure to bring your own cream/body lotion. We had a room facing Pushkin street so we had a great view as well, the reception lady told us it's not the quieter side of the hotel but we didn't hear any noise at all. Everything is impeccably clean and new. We had very comfy twin beds that are almost double.
The hotel is on a small hill so you have to climb up and down a bit but it's not that steep at all, however can be slippery in winter as in Kazan they don't seem to clean the snow off the streets much )
The breakfast is probably the only downside of the hotel but if you don't expect Ritz or Hilton sort of food than it's probably ok, you won't be starving that's for sure. We also tried the lunch at the hotel but I wouldn't recommend it, there are so many nice places to eat nearby.
The location is very good, it's a quiet lane in between two main streets and about 10-15 minutes walk to the Kremlin, which is a must with its orthodox cathedrals and a beautiful mosque. Plenty of good restaurants around, we enjoyed the Italian one down in Pushkin street and also the restaurant in Shalyapin Hotel is great, very high quality food but the prices significantly lower than in Moscow.
Kazan is a wonderful city with orthodox and muslim culture mixed together, a real gem, when we were there it was freezing cold around -25C but I think in summer it's even more beautiful. We made a half day trip to Sviyazhsk, a charming historical town situated on an island and to Raif monastery, both well worth the visit and the scenery around Sviyazhsk is quite spectacular.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Небольшои отель в центре города на тихои улице. Прекрасная транспортная развязка(метро,автобусы,такси). В шаговои доступности от основных достопримечательностеи города-Кремль,мечеть Кул-Шариф,Собор Казанскои божиеи матери,Петропавловскии собор. В отеле предоставлены бесплатные услуги интернета,паркинга,оздоровительного центра. Организация трансферов и экскурсии. ... more less
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