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“Gloomy and wonderful soviet style hotel”
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Hotel Belarus
Ranked #7 of 43 Hotels in Minsk
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 15, 2009

For all of us who love gloomy and dark soviet style hotels in eastern europe (who doesn't?) this is as close to heaven as you get. Hotel Belarus is a charming hotel i soviet 60:s or 70:s style with dark corridors, awkward passages, strange doors and gloomy hallways - I love it!
The service personel is harsh but correct and will inform you in russian what you can do, and especially what you cannot do. The breakfast room on the top floor with views over Minsk is a must! The breakfast is full of nutrious and healthy choices including belarus and russian specialities that will keep you going for most of the day.
The best part of the hotel is the bar conveniently positioned on the sixth floor, where a double vodka never is far away.
Walking distance to Minsk city center is a plus and also the conveniently positioned gentlemens club next door.
A lovely place to spend your honeymoon with your newly accustomed russian wife.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled with friends
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5  Thank lgreger
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Reviewed March 8, 2009

The hotel has an Excellent location, in a park right in the center of town. It is out-dated and very basic but the rooms are clean and the stuff is friendly. Breakfast should be taken in the restaurant on the top floor (if is not in the price of the room – is worth while to pay a little extra - 4 euro) because the breakfast in the restaurant on the ground floor is very poor. Across the hotel are the Ybilenija and Planeta hotels (but they are much more expensive). I heard that they will tear down this hotel to build a new one; it is a pity because with a nice uplifting of the building the hotel could be great.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank magistros
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Reviewed October 20, 2008

Recently stayed at the Belarus for a two night break whilst attending the Belarus v England football match.

I stayed in a 'Buisness Class' Room, which was probably a round $10 more expensive although I am not sure what this additional extra $10 got me.

The room didnt look as if it had recently been refurbished but it was clean and everything thing worked (TV, Shower). The only part which wasn't particularly clean was the carpet which appeared dirty although this appeared to be through long life rather than it being not cleaned.

The decor was classic late 70's early 80's but was in a reasonable condition.

Breakfast was a good selection including cereals, ham & cheese, cakes and hot food of which this was particularly good (pork with cheese & potato and sausages).

Hotel corridors were rather noisy with the tiled floors not helping but this might have had something to do with the amount of football supporters staying there at the time, but wasnt really an issue.

The location was good being within easy walking distance of the town accross a park and via an underpass to the main street.

A Reasonable hotel for the price ($60 per twin room per night)

The 21st floor restaurant was good and a reasonable price but probably a bit more expensive than those in town.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank DarrenHenman
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Reviewed February 28, 2008

I stayed at Belarus for 3 nights.
Pros: location, rather cheap.
Cons: soviet aesthetics, had to upgrade to a suite to get some decent space, heating is a joke, the bedsheets were not changed daily, the corridor and to some extent my room was stinking nicotine, in order to bring a friend in the evening you have to bribe the "security" on the ground floor.

If you don't mind all the above and given the lack of alternatives in Minsk, you will definitely survive -but only with a suite

Stayed: February 2008
2  Thank BlueTsar
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Reviewed November 20, 2007

Very industrial looking hotel in the heart of Minsk. Not overly friendly. They usually keep the lights off during the day in the lobby or hallways to conserve electricity. Security guard checks you ID near the elevators.

Rooms: Dated furniture and rooms but it was clean. Ample hot water and pressure. I had a bed with a single room. You must leave your key with your floor lady.

Location. I found it a little bit out of the way as it is surrounded by parks and close to the river. I would have preferred something closer to the subway.

Laundry: They do laundry if you ask your floor lady.

Safety: Careful walking around the park area at night. I heard that they target tourists in the area the are coming and going from the hotel into the park walkways.

Tip: The foreign exchange is not open in the mornings and has sporadic hours. It was not open when it was supposed to be. Also, all the ladies hanging out in the lobby drinking with the men are prostitutes.

All in all, a clean hotel but a little out of the way from transit and the action. The evenings can get a little seedy with all the drunk Russian guys staying at the hotel and mingling with the prostitutes.

  • Stayed: June 2006, traveled on business
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4  Thank Beerboy
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Reviewed May 16, 2007

They don't keep the prices given by phone, staff is not friendly, top floor rooms have good sight but are cold and windy, breakfast is poor and doesn't seem fresh... in general bad choice

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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12  Thank sx2
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Reviewed October 1, 2006

A typically Soviet-style hotel about ten minutes walk from the centre of Minsk, but spotlessly clean with all the facilities you'd expect in 3/4 star hotel. The ocassionally unfriendly staff speak English and each floor is well looked after by its very own live-in caretaker/cleaner/maid. The decent sized swimming pool/jacuzzi/sauna on the ground floor is excellent (although quite expensive) and the nightclub next door is disco-tastic.

  • Stayed: September 2006
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6  Thank Aitchy
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Additional Information about Hotel Belarus

Address: Storozhevskaya 15, Minsk 220002, Belarus
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Location: Belarus > Minsk
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Minsk
Price Range: $45 - $111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Belarus 3*
Number of rooms: 484
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Belarus Hotel is located near administrative and business centre of Minsk and metro station Nemiga. The hotel has 484 rooms of different class, equipped with modern furniture, satellite TV, telephone. Guests are welcome to use parking, beauty salon, pharmacy, currency exchange, shop, Laundry service, gym, pool and sauna, as well as access to wireless Internet (Wi-Fi), safe at the reception. The highlight of the hotel is a panoramic elevator that will take everyone to the observation deck, where you can enjoy the beauty of the capital. On the 22nd floor of the hotel offers is the "Panorama" restaurant, which also offers great views of the city of Minsk. Cafe "Belarusian cuisine" and "Paparats-Kvetka," cosy bars will give you the opportunity to relax in a calm and pleasant atmosphere. For business meetings you can rent a conference hall for 229 seats with equipment for simultaneous translation, conference hall for 35 seats or 2 rooms for negotiations with 16 seats each. ... more   less 
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