This hotel is right by the Bolshoi, a short talk to the Kremlin and Red Square and has pretty good transport links. It's in a fairly quiet street so you feel a little away from it.
Reception staff were friendly. The porter was reaching an age where I felt bad handing over my luggage to carry (I wanted to help him!) and he didn't speak much English - but was perfectly friendly.
On the other hand the facilities brought new meaning to the word average. The rooms are large. The carpets tired and tatty. The curtains reluctant to close. It might have been glamorous sometime around 1959 outside the USSR or 1981 inside the USSR and perhaps if it was given a deep clean could have its glamour restored. Breakfast was edible but absolutely no more than that (and no less either). The bar was like the set of an eighties TV pub drama but bereft of punters. The corridors and rooms a strange mix of Soviet stone and Marriott-wannabe carpets with the standard USSR shiny silky salmon curtains. Somehow, though, it did have a little, tiny bit of charm. Not enough to make me wish to come back, but definitely enough to ensure I had no regrets about staying here.
It was fairly clean - and a plus in old hotels - there WERE enough power sockets in sensible locations to charge phone and laptop.
It's the kind of place you can enjoy if you take the trip relatively slowly and downmarket and don't have peripheral stress. Whatever you do, don't combine a glam five star with this hotel as you'll feel you made a mistake. Don't do a rushed business trip through here otherwise you'll get frustrated by averageness. Take it easy, lap up the feeling and you could enjoy this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Budapest Hotel is excellently located in the very heart of Moscow, just steps away from the Bolshoi and Maly Theaters, Red Square, the Kremlin museums. The hotel was built in 1876 by the architect Freidenberg and now it is a cultural value of Moscow city. The Hotel has 116 rooms, including 51 Standard Single, 20 Standard Double, 37 Deluxe and 8 Premium Suite. Each of them is individually designed and decorated. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioned, a bathtub or a shower, telephone, satellite TV, a mini bar, safe box, a hairdryer, Internet access. All rooms are 100 % non-smoking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Budapest Hotel Moscow