My taxi driver had great difficulty in actually finding this hotel. The entrance to the car park has a high security gate with no sign on it and is actually behind the hotel. The hotel itself was a little disappointing and is part of what could loosely be described as a shopping centre.
The staff at reception were very friendly though I got the impression they were not used to dealing with foreigners. Also there never seemed to be the same people working in reception or behind the bar. I was there for five days and every day ALL the staff seemed to be different people. This included reception, security and the bar staff. Talking of the bar, I ate there the first night because I thought the restaurant was closed (it wasn’t, it just looks like it is) and the food was awful. Think school dinners! Also it was not possible to charge the bar or restaurant bill to my room.
I did eat in the restaurant one night but regretted it afterwards. Not only was the food almost as bad as the bar but the atmosphere was very uncomfortable. It was almost as if the staff couldn’t believe I actually wanted to eat there and I was inconveniencing them doing so. It made the atmosphere in the lobby bar almost friendly by comparison.
Despite the above, the hotel is still worth considering for bed & breakfast. The breakfast is typical hotel buffet fare but good enough. The rooms though a little small are very pleasant and kept very clean. The security is good and it is located only 100 metres from a metro station. Though note that it is a very big metro station so if you come out the wrong exit you have to walk about 500 metres across two streets.
My advice is to just use it for B&B but on no account eat here (other than breakfast). As someone else mentioned there is Czech style beer hall at the other side of the shopping centre from the hotel. This has a much more pleasant atmosphere than the bar in the hotel. Just make sure you take your phrase book. As well as the beer hall there are several fast food (Russian style) places. One serves pancakes with various fillings, these looked delicious but my Russian was up to trying to order one.
Also buy your souvenir vodka in town and do not wait till the airport. I bought a bottle of premium vodka in a shop the close to the hotel for about 20 Euros. The standard version of the same brand at the airport was 30 Euros.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maxima Panorama is a modern business hotel in Moscow. High quality and invariable Russian hospitality - all the best features of all Maxima hotels are combined in this hotel. The Hotel provides 123 comfortable rooms of various categories, spacious conference halls, equipped with all the necessary items. The Hotel is well accessible from the Domodedovo Airport (DME). Comfortable and modern Maxima Panorama Hotel is located in Moscow city centre close to the Paveletsky Railway Station and the "Avtozavodskaya" underground station. Free Wi-Fi and fresh press are complimentary. ... more less
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