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“Better than sleeping on the airport chairs for 16 hours!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of V-Express

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V-Express
Ranked #1 of 18 Khimki B&B and Inns
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Better than sleeping on the airport chairs for 16 hours!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

Let's get it straight: this is a SIMPLE and BASIC hotel for a quick shut eye (hence the name capsule). If it's a 4 star room and service you expect- this is not it! However, if you want somewhere to rest (transit visa free from the UK) and shower for a few hours before a connecting flight- then this is the place to go. Yes, the staff are not helpful (even whilst you're paying!!) but once you are past them and in your room; sleeping, then you can forget the snobiness and sighing! The room was clean (we got the windowless double) for about £90 for 10 hours. It can seem claustrophobic but for us, darkness was welcome when we just wanted to sleep. There are lots of shops and restaurants within the airport (everything from Burger King to authentic Russian cuisine) and a few bars so you are by no means limited to explore and still make your flight. Overall, I thought it was relatively priced (4 hours stay is about £50- single rooms are a little less) but a great idea and find. We boarded our flight clean, refreshed and ready to go!

  • Stayed April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

Unless you need a few hours of rest, avoid. Very rude staff - both receptionists were yelling at me when I was asked to be moved to another room as the room I was given was adjacent to the reception and I could hear everyone talking as the walls are as thin as paper. If you need to stay for a longer time - better to take a shuttle and go to a nearby park inn.

Stayed February 2014
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3 Thank Polasx
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Toronto
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

Please note that V-Express has a number of locations throughout the SVO, this particular is located in the Aeroexpress building outside terminal E, which is outside the transit area (i.e. you might need a visa to get this far).

The hotel is on the fifth floor of the Aeroexpress building, which is connected to the Terminals E and D. It is exactly what you’d expect - a bunch of tiny rooms designed for a quick shut-eye. It is very expensive for what it is - we paid US$90 for a five hour stint in a double room. If you plan on staying any longer, there are real hotels (Novotel and Pakr Inn) just outside the building.

The check-in was very efficient – show your passport and swipe the credit card and good to go (no reservations - their website did not inspire confidence despite 5% off offer). The room was tiny, no window, it had one double (or was it twin?) bed, small tv, washroom with shower, and not much else. I can only imagine how small the single room would be. The only drawback was a fairly loud AC, but maybe it was drowning out all the noise.

Room Tip: Single rooms are too small, opt out for double. Go for no window - costs less, less noise, no light.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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3 Thank E-Taimz
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Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2013

Facility
- 1 double bed, 2 pillows, bed sheet, pillow case
- 3 cloth hangers
- Shower, liquid body soap, liquid hand soap
- 1 towel and 1 hair towel / person
- TV
- Free wifi

Pros
- Easy to access and sleep for 2-3 hours
- Provide most of everything as a traveler needs
- Quite and dark so I can sleep well

Cons
- Expensive
- Water drainage system in the bathroom was poor. Water clogged in the shower area.
- Air ventilation system in bathroom and toilet was poor. I could smell strong scent of urine in the toilet.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank Tharntip T
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Portland, OR
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34 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

The hotel is pretty basic. I first got a room without a window to save money, but it took me 2 seconds with a door shut to realize that I am getting claustrophobic in a tiny, smelly space. So I paid extra for a window, which was better, but still smelly, as the window is bolted shut. The rooms clearly were not upgraded since Perestroika times. Even though they do ok job cleaning it, worn out furniture and fixtures look and feel untidy. All in all, the place serves its purpose for a couple hours lay-over to stretch your legs and take a quick shower - but definitely don't expect much and don't stay longer than a few hours.

Room Tip: get a window
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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2 Thank Rick_Nadia
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Oslo, Norway
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

I booked two rooms at the hotel through its website. The booking system was challenging to say the least, since many options were missing, and a lot of the information was in Russian, even though I had chosen English language.

The booking was for two adults and two children, and because children were on the booking we got a 50% discount. We were emailed a confimation in Russian, and with some help from Russian speekers we were certain this was what we had ordered.

We arrived the hotel at 1 o'clock at night, with two very tired 6 year old children. After 10-15 minutes the lady at the reception finally figured out that we needed to pay more to get the second room. The price on our confirmed and paid booking was not correct, and she showed me a piece of paper stating their rates.

I said that the price on my booking must be what is valid, and trump some paper she could show, but no.

After some discussion, I offered to pay extra for the second room, if I got at good discount. The answer was that discount was only available when booking trough internet.

There was no management present at this time of night, and we really needed to sleep. There were no other options than to pay.

The next morning, my wife picked up a leaflet about the hotel on the counter, stating clearly that children stay for free.

I sent a complaint to the hotel, but they didn't even bother to answer, or even acknowledge they received it.

That said. The hotel is conveniently situated in the transit area at the airport. but the rooms have paper thin walls, so you hear everything going on in the hallway and the next room. You also hear all the announcements from the airport. Being a large airport with arrivals and departures all day and night, this means that it is never quiet.

The hotel obviously don't know their own policy on pricing. They don't acknowledge the papers they issue themselves, they do not have a well functioning booking-page on internet, they show no flexibility what so ever, they don't read their email, and they obviously don't want customers.

I'd rather apply for visa to Russia, and stay at a hotel close to the airport next time. If you don't travel with children, sleeping in the waiting area in the airport will probably be just as good, and save you frustrations and thousands of rubles.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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17 Thank Faaeri
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Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain
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418 reviews
129 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

If I had a choice I'd rather not stay there. The hotel does satisfy the basic need to rest on a long haul flight and it is delightful to stretch your legs and sleep in a real bed. It is also not very expensive. Having said that, there is a lot of room for improvement. My room smelled a little, the service was really unfriendly and the hotel difficult to find. It is also not very quiet - you get to hear all the public announcements... Window, by the way, does not mean you can see anything.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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2 Thank TheLegos
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Property: V-Express
Address: Sheremetyevo International Airport | Aeroexpress Terminal, 5th floor, Khimki, Russia
Location: Russia > Central Russia > Moscow Oblast > Khimki
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Ranked #1 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Khimki
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Number of rooms: 66
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