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Zolotaya Dolina
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Akademgorodok
Reviewed 23 July 2014

From the beginning, we tried to choose the best option in this hotel. The most expensive luxury suite had 2 rooms - bedroom and sitting-room. There was also a toilet room with bidet and a bathroom with a bath. There was also an air-conditioner (didn't work) and a standing fan (worked well). The suite was clean and relatively large. The TV set worked well. They provided such things like soap, shampoo, slippers, and bathrobe.
We paid for breakfast - it was absolutely the same each day, but quite good:porridge or omelette, ham, pancake, bread, coffee/tea.
I have to mention that the staff speaks almost no English, but usually there are a lot of Russian guests who does and can help.
Overall, our suite was good, but I know that cheaper rooms are not so good.

Room Tip: luxury suites (consisting of 2 rooms) can be a good option as they are clean, relatively large and w...
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

This hotel needs a vigorous update. Let me say right away that it isn't too terrible (that's why the 2 stars) - the basics are covered, and if you need a place in this area, you can survive a stay at this hotel. But it would not take much effort to improve it. You can clearly feel the lack of any interest or pressure towards serving the customer better.
I read somebody's room had been completely renewed, but mine wasn't. On the plus side, everything was very clean and well maintained - but definitely very basic and no attention given to comfort. Even simple things, like a nightstand, or a double electric outlet near the desk so you can simultaneously have the lamp on and some device of yours plugged in, were missing. Bed was just OK. The bathroom was old, and a single faucet served both the shower and the washbasin.

The sign with the name of the hotel in front of the building has no lighting and is so hardly visible, especially when it snows - which happens quite frequently. Entering the lobby, the classical line of clocks hanging to the wall showing the time in various cities around the globe was in laughable contrast with the fact that nobody at the desk was able to speak a word of English. I could only manage to check-in thanks to the help of a russian-speaking friend. When asking for the key for your room, most of the times you have to write it down on a piece of paper, because many of the staff do not even understand the numbers spoken in English. Mind you, some of them do indeed speak reasonable English - only there is no guarantee that one of them will be around at the moment you happen to need assistance; it is a matter of luck.

The breakfast is barely OK - you are served fixed small quantities of ham, jelly, milk, etc. - you are not given access to a buffet. Overall the food provided was enough for me, but it does feel strange.

As in most hotels, you can ask them to hold your baggage after checking out of your room if your flight is in the afternoon - for a fee. But, there is no restroom available to you in the lobby after you checkout - so I had to go out in the snow, and look for a public (pay) restroom. There is no lack, however, of security people, carefully checking an array of cameras at all times.
It feels a lot like some old movies - you might even find it fun.

Surely this is not Singapore and your expectations should be reasonable, but it is not the russian countryside either: this is an important university with lots of international contact, and this drove my evaluation down by a notch: an international-type service is expected here, even if basic.

Room Tip: Some rooms have been renovated and are probably much better than the old ones - try to get one of th...
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled on business
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1  Thank GPU63
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

Positives: Room is large. Bed is comfortable. Restaurant located in the hotel with decent food. Some shopping available nearby. The hotel is close to a marshrutka station. Marshrutkas are a price friendly mini buses that take you downtown. You can ask the hotel which one you need to take.

Negatives: They charged us 25% extra to book rooms in advance. The often breaking wifi was only available in the lobby. If you want internet in your room it costs extra for a cable. The temperature in the room was not adjustable. The only way to get to the airport is by taxi (the hotel can order one for you).

Summary: Investigate other options in the area because the advanced booking fee isn't great. However, if you end up here you'll get a good nights sleep and be able to get downtown pretty easy.

Room Tip: Go for higher floors to avoid mosquitoes.
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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4  Thank g-raterr
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Reviewed 14 January 2011

Reasonable hotel and restaurant/bars.
Spoilt by rudeness and unco-operativeness of some members of staff.
Until relatively recently it was the only hotel in town, other than a very Russian one in nearby Berdsk.
Both are conveniently situated for nearby restaurants, Zhilly-Bili.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled on business
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2  Thank driftwoodnsk
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Reviewed 25 September 2010

There isn't much choice of hotels in Akademgorodok and I was prepared for anything. This hotel delivers exactly what it promises. It is spotlessly clean, the rooms have been renewed (at least mine had - I think they all have been) and while the room was small and basic it was perfectly practical.

A huge plus for me is that the window opens. (I use the present tense because I'm here right now). I love the fresh air, I love the sounds from outside, it's autumn so the trees are turning golden (hence the name of the hotel - when the leaves fall the valley is golden).

The renewal of the rooms has been thorough - that's why I didn't say "renovated". Everything is new, including all of the doors, the locks, the plumbing (which is excellent - a rarity in any hotel). And everything is a high enough quality to seem a little odd in what could really have been a very tired old Soviet hotel.

Summary: A really pleasant surprise. And I'll probably be returning to Akademgorodok, and I will have no hesitation in staying here again.

And if someone comes and questions the four star rating I've given it - it's not four star compared to Singapore, but it's certainly worth it for Russia.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled on business
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5  Thank NeilInOz51
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Reviewed 7 January 2010

We went to attend a conference and to observe total solar eclipse. The location was excellent for us as it was nearer to both Novosibirsk State University (NBU) as well as Budkar Institute of Nuclear Physics (BINP), though little far from Novosibirsk. The hotel is magnificent with incredible services. It has an ATM counter just near the entrance, found to be very much useful. Though food was little bit costly, but services are fine. Since we stayed for a week, the supermarket just behind the hotel helps us a lot. Since it was summer time, all are in jolly mood and we enjoy a lot. Day begins at about 5 AM and night starts about 10 PM. The price was reasonable considering the facilities they are providing. There are TV, shower, hotwater, bathtub and regular room service. One problem we face was that the lack of English speaking person in the hotel. Overall I would say this is probably one of the best hotel available in and around Akademgorodok area, especially suitable for those coming to BINP and NBU, which are within the 30 minutes walking distance.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled on business
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3  Thank Tutunu
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Reviewed 14 March 2009

We stayed here because the hotels in central Novosibrisk were too expensive, and this is not Novosibrisk, this is the slightly isolated (mosquito filled) academic community outside the city called Akademgorodok.

The hotel was a pain to find, and then they had trouble finding our reservation....

The rooms were very jaded but clean. Breakfast didn´t really exist - was a coffee and omlette thing on a random high up floor room that looked like a staff room. However the coffee was drinkable and the egg thing prepared for you - so hot, not hanging around on a cold buffet.

The staff were reasonably helpful. When we were there the hot water had been turned off, happens to all Russian hotels at some point during the summer for maintenance. They managed to have hot water in one room per floor... laughable but workable!

I probably would look for a small guesthouse or pay more for a more central hotel if I went here again, but if you needed to be in the area then this is probably the place.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Kathy T
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Address: ul. Iliicha, d. 10, Akademgorodok 630090, Russia
Region: Russia > Siberian District > Novosibirsk Oblast > Novosibirsky District > Akademgorodok
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Akademgorodok
Price Range: £21 - £86 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Zolotaya Dolina 3*
Number of rooms: 158
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