Just left Moscow and a 7 night stay at the Proton. I was in town for work and actually spent very little time in the hotel. I had a standard room which was pretty spacious and had all the usual facilities. It's all a bit dated but everything works and is spotlessly clean. I could have done with a few extra pillows but really found it quite comfortable and had seven good nights sleep. The F&B facilities though are pretty dismal. The restaurant on the first floor is barely a room where food is served, and breakfast is a confusing, low quality spread of food from salad and rice and Russian pancakes, sliced bread (but no toaster) that's seen fresher days, and rubbish coffee from a Nescafé machine. Unless you like salad and a bowl of cream with a few dried berries on top for breakfast, you're in for a disappointment. Due to the location of the hotel (in the middle of no where down a non-description side road) you don't really have much choice though and it feels as if where food is concerned, they're making as little effort as possible. The bar, albeit pleasant enough to have a quiet beer after work is pretty depressing, playing terrible murak (and oddly some Christmas music (in June!)) and the food is abysmal. One night I fancied a pizza and what I got was a frozen pizza microwaved to within an inch of its existence and turned rock solid with 30 seconds. After complaining I was offered the only other thing available - frozen chicken wings, again destined for the microwave. After I declined that, in true Russian style, I was offered a shot of vodka by means of compensation! Which to be fair was a great vodka!! :o). Some of the ladies on the front desk are quite pleasant and helpful, others pretty miserable. The free shuttle to and from the nearest metro (Fili) is very convenient and runs (sort of) on the hour. If you have to go to your office in Moscow City (as I did) it was about 25 mins after changing at Kievskaya and similarly the ride in to central Moscow / Red Square is about 30 minutes (including a change at Kievskaya). I didn't get a taxi the whole time I stayed at the hotel, using purely the free shuttle and the metro. I would imagine though trying to explain where the hotel is, if you don't speak Russian, something of a challenge. Other things to note - free wifi everywhere in the hotel - again convenient and something of a rarity in business hotels I find, but no free water in the room. Coffee making facilities are also in the room but no actual tea or coffee, so only good if you fancy a nice cup of hot water! Hotels in Moscow are notoriously expensive (the rate for the Proton wasn't bad) and given its close(ish) proximity to where I had to go to work, it did the job. I wouldn't stay here though if I was on holiday on account of rubbish food, remote location (my movements where slightly restricted by the shuttle timetable and the last one back to the hotel is at 11pm) and overall dated, slightly depressing air.
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