Its location is superior so most of Omsk's attractions are within walking distance, but even if you are not keen on sightseeing, you can stay in your room and watch a multitude of TV programmes (mostly in Russian). The hotel façade has been tastefully renovated and the sidewalks nearby are swept clean, which is generally typical for the centre of this Western Siberian city. We also liked the cleanliness of the hotel interior, including the shower cabin.
FDC was very helpful in re-assigning us to another standard room when we didn't like the room where she had initially placed us. The hotel supplied 0.6 L of drinking water per guest every day, a very nice touch. There were also two pairs of slippers which felt like paper, only it was plastic. The hotel didn't supply the following:
- soap bars or any other toiletries for that matter (only some gel);
- shelves for toiletries in the shower cabin, so we had to place our sponges and shampoos on the floor when hot water finally arrived, water pressure was excellent and the shower head allowed a massage setting;
- in-room safe;
- in-room iron;
- shoe mitt;
- door mat;
- bedside rugs.
Wi-Fi fast and honest internet was included in the rate, and the connection didn't drop.
Our room provided a good night's rest although it was small, and the bed was also a bit narrow for two. There was no bed cover, just the blanket, and it was actually another good thing because you never know how often hotel bed covers end up crumpled on the floor and then the maid puts them on your pillows.
Some other features were not so good. With a standard room rate of EUR105/night (w/o breakfast) we had expected more comfort. The room was completely devoid of any hint of interior design bar one wall which carried two colours. The rest was plainly whitewashed, without even a poster on the wall, or a single rug on the floor. The bathroom was equally bare, with just some shower gel tubes built-in into the walls. There was not even a shelf in the shower cabin to put our own soap and sponges on. On top of it, the first 40 hours of our stay there was no hot water and we had to take lukewarm showers. We complained to the FDC twice but all the help we could get was advice to fully open the tap and wait till the water gets hot; it didn't.
Worst of all, we didn't feel safe in the hotel because our door could be opened with any flat object in seconds, so we complained to the FDC and she promised to send in a technician but then nothing changed. I had a quick glance at some other doors on our floor and most of them looked as flimsy as ours, all bearing marks of forced entry. I posted a video on the Internet where you can see the entire 20-second process of breaking in into an ibis hotel room: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4850078776110&set=vb.1421190189&type=2&theater
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ibis Sibir-Omsk hotel is located in the shopping and entertainment district of Omsk, 5 minutes by walk from Irtysh river and in the heart of the City centre, combining 19th century architecture with modern jeweller's and clothes shops. 168 soundproofed and air-conditioned rooms are available for booking. The hotel's restaurant providing cuisine of Mediterranian countries, the bar open 24/24 for snacks, 3 meeting rooms for seminars and conferences. Wifi internet access in all rooms available. ... more less
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