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“Back to USSR”
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Hotel Cosmos
Ranked #161 of 327 Hotels in Moscow
Reviewed July 23, 2014

Welcome to a bygone era of the Soviet Union!

This place is huge!

While everything in Moscow has polished and become trendy and expensive, this place stays in the USSR. The only thing missing here was the KGB operative looking over at us with a newspaper!

The most humiliating thing was to show my wife and my key card to the guard every time we approached the elevator! Despite there being several prostitutes in the hotel bar just 10m. away from the guard.

The breakfast room is impersonal and drab. Did they even find the menu and produce from the communication era?

Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

The Staff at this hotel are the most unfriendly, and least helpful I have ever experience at any hotel! Hence Poor Service.
The rooms were from the 60's(and not in a cool way)

The hotel experience was very poor, I would not recommend this to anyone. Its a shocker.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank DilshaanC
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Reviewed July 4, 2014

Stayed here with four friends for three nights in June 2014. For the price the rooms and facilities were good. Check in was quite lengthy but we were given a choice of rooms on different floors and different sides of the hotel to chose from which was a nice touch.
Breakfast is very good, a huge range of different foods meaning everyone should find something they like. The main problem was how busy it was. Because the hotel has more than 1000 rooms it felt like all the guests descended on the restaurant at the same time in a morning, meaning it was difficult to find a table and there were queues for food. A lot of travel groups stay at the hotel also.
The hotel offers free WIFI but this can be temperamental. In the foyer/bars the service is good but in the rooms it can be weak/non-existent.
There are permanent security guards positioned at the entrance to the elevators, which is reassuring as you can only pass if you have your room key to hand.

There are a number of bars and restaurants in the hotel meaning we stayed in the hotel at nights rather than venture into Moscow centre. There is an Italian and a Chinese, along with an Asian buffet place. Food is reasonably priced but drinks are quite steep, though this is to be expected with a hotel in a major city.

Excellent location for the nearby VDNKH metro station which is just across the road via a subway, meaning you can be in central Moscow in 20 minutes or so from the hotel.

All in all well worth a stay for those who don't want to pay the much higher prices to stay in a hotel in the centre of Moscow.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
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2  Thank JackH1990
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

I stayed at this hotel 33 years ago, and the basic room layout has not changed at all - certainly no "mod cons", but for a 2 day stop, was reasonable enough - was travelling as part of group. Problem was the charging by the shops for postage to England - the price according to our guide is 25 roubles for a postcard, but the shops were charging 50 roubles, with no explanation - found out that the extra charge is for the hotel to express deliver your mail to the Post Office. Our postcards have still not arrived 14 days later!!

Food was buffet style, and lots of it, but very busy with some people fighting to get their food

Room Tip: This is a massive hotel - check the rooms on Trip Advisor before booking
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Christine B
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Reviewed June 20, 2014

This is a gigantic soviet style hotel meant for accommodation, that's it period. The good things going for this hotel is that it's location is ideal close to metro, few shops close to the hotel. Many dining options inside the hotel that's it. Room is very very basic with minimal things as if it was never upgraded since 1976, same story in the bathroom. Staff has the normal russian behavior ( no smile, serious face), no warmness at all. If you are on budget this hotel makes sense in a city like moscow. Will I go back to this hotel, we'll if I can shell out some more money I will pass on it in a heartbeat.....you get the point

Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
1  Thank UsmanShahdad
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Reviewed June 16, 2014

The Cosmos hotel looks really like cosmos from outside, I love the architecture construction, but I expected something may be more modern. Of course the price is inexpensive, but there were some small details that disappointed me. Anyway, the it was nice to feel soviet atmosphere and I enjoyed the breakfast a lot.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

Stayed in this hotel in January 2014 and didn't expect much after reading lots of bad reviews of it on the Internet. However, can honestly say it is good value for money considering the prices of accommodation in Moscow. We booked the cheapest room and still had a great view from the windows. The hotel is clean and close to the metro station, it has several restaurants and bars to have a drink at in the evenings and there are several supermarkets nearby. Would definitely recommend and would stay again!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Cosmos

Address: Mira Av., 150, Moscow 129366, Russia
Location: Russia > Central Russia > Moscow
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#39 Spa Hotel in Moscow
Price Range: $55 - $104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Cosmos 3*
Number of rooms: 1777
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Modern Semi-circular Tower Hotel jointly designed by French & Soviet architects. ... more   less 
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