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Moscow

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Moscow

Hi there. we are planning a trip to Moscow early nesxt year.

Any thoughts on any good but not too expensive hotels and near to the centre, transfers to and from the airport, is it safe to walk around,really just any good tips of do's and don't dos!

many thanks

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There are no good inexpensive hotels. Moscow hotels are the most expensive anywhere. Do your research then consider renting an apartment. We rented from Peace Travel and had a great experience. There are enough good restaurants around that food is not an issue. Ours had a washer (huge benefit-pack lighter), satellite TV with tons of english channels, a computer with free internet access and free calls back to the USA. Most of their units include free calls to the UK as well. They have units in most of the popular tourist areas, and they will be roughly half of the cost of a smaller but decent hotel.

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The best hotels that I have found for the price in Moscow ($100.00-$150.00 per day), are the Izmailovo Gama Delta, and the Baikal (as in lake baikal). They do not have a/c, but if you are going there in the winter it does not matter. The rooms are ok, and both hotels have resturants and such. These hotels are not near the city center. But both are very close to metro stations (thats if you want to try the metro)? Down town the rooms are $450.00-$1,000.00 per day!!!! So it is worth the price of a taxi ride to get to the tourist area's. The person with the above thread is right. There are no cheap hotels in Moscow. It is the most costly city to visit in the world (for hotels that is). If you eat at normal resturants the cost is quite good. Pick a fancy place and you will pay a fancy price. Hire a service if you can to pick you up at the airport. If you use a mafia taxi at the airport they will rip you off, and you may not reach the hotel alive (they drive that bad, really I mean it, you could die)! Or you could take the bus (mini bus) from the airport to the nearest metro station, and then take the metro or a taxi from there (this bus is very cheap). These taxi's may not be mafia owned, and even if they drive bad, with how much traffic there is they can not drive very fast. Please do not worry about all of this, stay away from the airport taxi's, and have a nice time. You will love Moscow.

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Your question is probably the most frequently asked question in this forum, and the answer is pretty much always the same. There are no reasonably-priced hotels in the center-at least not any that you would likely want to stay in. 2Shorties has the right idea. Look into a short-term apartment rental. More room and much cheaper, but if self-catering is not your idea of a holiday, be prepared to pay for your luxury. Moscow is currently listed as the most expensive city in the world, and that's driven mainly by real estate prices, and since hotels are "real estate" that means they are very pricey. If you want to "bite the bullet" and get a hotel, any of those shown on TripAdvisor for the center are probably fine, just depending on how much you are willing to spend. As for dining out, as AIM notes, you can spend a fortune on meals ($300 per person, per meal) if you like to dine in the nicer restaurants, but you can actually eat quite cheaply, if you stick to the everyday places, and many of them are quite good.

As for walking in the center, the streets are generally very safe, both in the day and at night (at least, as to crime, but watch out for the traffic), but Moscow is a big city, so like any other big city, there are those who will take advantage of you, if given a chance to do so. As long as you remain alert to such things as pickpockets, and stay in and around the tourist areas, crime should not pose much of a risk - probably less risk than in most major cities.

Do's and Dont's:

Do bring your ATM card, and don't plan to carry a lot of cash with you. ATM's are everywhere and are as safe to use as anywhere else.

Do bring very warm clothing and good boots for walking on ice (I say this, since you said you would be visiting early next year, so if you are coming before mid-April, you can expect the possibility of cold weather and slippery, or at least wet and slushy, streets.) Temps in January/February can be -30. That's not common, but possible. More normal is around -10 to zero. March is warmer, but still quite cold, with predominantly freezing temps. By April, things generally are thawing out, and by late-April, temps can be quite nice. From May through September, temps are very tolerable.

Do remember to start as early as possible, in applying for your visa (it can take some time, as you need an invitation letter), and don't forget to get registered, once you arrive in Moscow. Everyone is required to register their presence within 3 days of arrival in Russia. If you stay at a hotel, they will do this for you. If not, then you will have to arrange it through whatever service you used to get your visa.

Don't be afraid to ride the Moscow Metro. It's intimidating at first, if you don't read Russian, since most of the signs are all in Russian, but it's actually pretty simple, once you get the idea, and you can get maps that have names in both Russian and English. It is one of the more interesting experiences in Moscow. Each station is unique, and some are quite interestingly decorated.

Don't expect a lot of people to speak English. Many Russians do, especially younger people, but there are many who don't, or at least won't.

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Sovietskaya Hotel can be reasonably priced depending on travel dates. Hotels don't need to be near the centre as long as they are near a metro. It's OK to walk around, use same common sense as any other place. If you fly into Domodedovo, you can take the express train into central Moscow.

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