First I must state that this was my fifth trip to Moscow. My first three were to the former Soviet Union, and my fourth trip was 10 years ago when I stayed at the Cosmos. On my very first trip to the SU, we stayed across from Red Square at the National. So for location purposes, that is my favorite hotel so far. But for comfort purposes, this hotel is great! I splurged for one of the business suite rooms. The bedroom had 2 single beds with a closet, small table, set of drawers, and tv. The living area had a small couch, 1 upholstered chair, a small desk with chair, a closet, a tv, and a mini-bar. Upon first walking into the room, there was a slightly unpleasant smell, which I quickly got used to and stopped noticing. The bed was super comfortable. The bathroom was very modern. I suspect it had recently been remodeled. I only ate breakfast at the hotel, and I liked the buffet. It changed slightly from day to day. Some items were staples, such as cereal, bacon, and hot dogs, which they called sausages. They also served fruit and vegetables. One day they served green beans, and the next, canned corn. Yes, the sign stated CANNED corn, not just corn! There were only a couple of things I didn't like, such as the radiator heat. I found the whole hotel rather hot, but at least the windows in the room opened. The desk could use a lamp, too! The other thing was the phone didn't work, and the front desk told me that wasn't their problem. However, in all other respects they were very helpful, and quite a few of the employees spoke English, which is good since my Russian isn't all that good. Since the calling card I had didn't work either in my room or at a pay phone, I rented a laptop for 250 rubles, which I used at the snack bar across from the lobby, in order to email my hubby. Not being particularly good with computers, either, two of the employees had to help me with that as I had trouble typing in English. Everything kept coming up in Russian. Many thanks to Julia, who was a big help to me! Also, the hotel is about a ten minute walk from the Metro stop. I rather enjoyed that walk through the residential areas. I wouldn't recommend lugging your luggage from there to the hotel, however. I arranged for a driver to pick me up. I guess if all you had was a carry-on, you'd be ok, but I had a small suitcase, carry-on, purse, and coat. I also liked the quiet location, and there are banks near-by, as well as small stores for buying water, soda, and food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maxima Zarya Hotel has a rich history. Built in 1957 the famous "Zarya" was totally reconstructed in 2004 by Maxima Hotels. The Hotel is located in an ecologically sound and silent area on a green boulevard. Nevertheless the Hotel's Guests may easily get to the center of Moscow by underground: the "Vladykino" metro station is located nearby. Maxima Zarya Hotel provides 192 rooms of various categories, including the famous among the Guests "Marine" Suite, conference services, special offers & benefits. The All-Russia Exhibition Centre is located nearby. Free Wi-Fi and fresh press are complimentary. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maxima Zarya Moscow
- Maxima Zarya Hotel Moscow