In the winter, a stove is used to heat up your room and you have to take your shower in the banya using a cup to pour water over your head. This place was a very different experience than any other place we stayed in in Russia and we really liked the authenticity of it. The banya was great and if you are two people you can have two sessions so one session can be used for taking your shower and the other for sitting in the sauna. The staff is very friendly and even prepared food for us to take with on the bus when we had an early morning departure. The toilets are eco toilets and do not use water. Despite this there was no smell and we were happy to see that Nikita's takes steps to be eco friendly. It was great sitting in the dining room and talking with other travelers at night. Nikita's is a great place to visit even in the winter. Great variety of food.