This hotel is not of any western chain, which means it's "genuinely local". It's very typical for many post-soviet Russian organizations to have significant level of inconsistency, nearly grumpy attitude of the staff and other multiple shortcomings in many details, that in the West are taken for granted.
So, having said all that, this particular property is actually not bad at all in its category. Good location - right next to a shopping center and a metro station, short ride away from the heart of the city. Very clean room, complimentary bottled water, soft bed, nice view, windows can be opened, rich breakfast, unusually friendly breakfast staff, plenty of lighting in the room. Very affordable, especially given the Russian ruble rate as of late 2014.
On the negative - and again, all this is common in any of the "soviet" hotels: not very friendly front desk staff, skimpy towels, very rough.. ahem.. toilet tissue, no tea/coffee making facilities, aging prostitutes hanging out with older guys in the lobby at night, the only accepted style of payment is full prepayment on the check-in, absence of the mini-bar, unpleasant tap water, crappy cardboard-like breakfast sausage.
1. Hotels of that sort usually have many different grades of rooms, starting as low as something that would be considered a 1-star hotel by westerners. Therefore, do NOT book a standard room, go for 1-2 levels higher in order to get something comparable to an average western hotel.
2. In cold season, likely the room will be overheated. To reduce the heat, don't try messing with the climate control panel on the wall. Instead, locate heat regulation knob on the radiator panel and turn it to the lower numbers on its dial.
Overall recommendation: if western style consistency is indispensable for your expectations from a hotel - then you would not be happy with your stay here and should aim exclusively at reputable Western chain hotels. If you are more relaxed - this hotel is a great option, especially in the value-price ratio.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Moscow Moskva
- Moscow Moskva Hotel