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Reviewed August 19, 2013

The Volga is a small Muscovite apartment hotel situated in part of a Soviet-era apartment building running 12 stories high with up to 4 apartments on a floor. For the price of a room in a 3-star hotel you get a small soviet style apartment, just like they used to have in Moscow in the 70's: A large and spacious bedroom, larger than most regular rooms in 5-star hotels, a small sitting room, a bathroom and two porches overlooking a residential neighborhood and the towering Soviet Ministry of Heavy Industry. The apartment was modestly modernized with ac in the bedroom, small bulky TV sets in the rooms, extra power sockets, a full size fridge in the sitting room, and new floors. The bed may look familiar: made by IKEA, and so are the mattresses. We found the apartment very comfortable, although we did find the safe that was promised in the room.
This is a Muscovite hotel which caters mainly to local, which means that people not raised on the tradition of Cyril and Methodius will have to make a small effort to understand and be understood. The reception clerks English level is between poor to none, other staff don't Russian. The breakfast is of a local fair, don't expect a Western style breakfast: no salads, cucumber and tomatoes cut in quarters make for vegetables, slices of cheese, and two kinds of salami. Boiled eggs in shell, or scrambled Russian style, blincik cut in quarters served with red jam and sour cream. You can drink coffee (strong and black as tar), tea, and four kinds of industrial juices. We had worse breakfasts in different "Inn" hotels in the US. For those that are still hungry, or would like to buy yourself a bottle of Kvass to end the evening, there are two small supermarkets just down the street that are open around the clock.
The hotel is very conveniently located if you like short walks through local neighborhoods. Three Metro stations are within 10 minute of leisurely walk from the Volga: Sukharevskaya (on the orange line no. 6), Prospect Mira (line 6 and Circle line no. 5), and Komsomolskaya (line 5 and red line no. 1). From any of these stations you can get within minutes to all the major tourist sites. Three major railway stations are right by Komsomolskaya Metro station, most famous of which is Yaroslavsky station with trains going East, e.g. the trans Siberian.
This is not a chain hotel, where all is familiar and known. But if you would like a local simple taste and you're satisfied with modest accommodations, I would certainly recommend the Volga.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank GolfBravo
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

This hotel is a favorite of mine, comfortable rooms with a TV watching room, fridge, and american tv stations. We get the dual bedroom, and the couch fits an additional person. Elevators are small, so prepare! You have several stairs to climb before the elevators.

Room Tip: If you order a room with two beds, make sure you check out the room first, as it took us three tries before they got it correct. The front desk is not friendly at all, but barring that, the rooms are nice, breakfast buffet is nice, and make sure you have a breakfast ticket.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Harley B
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

We stayed at the Volga at both ends of a 10 day trip. Our first room consisted of a bedroom and small sitting room with mini fridge. Breakfast was included. Our second room was larger and consisted of a bedroom and kitchen on a higher floor and a decent view. Breakfast was not included. Breakfast was not very good and there was a nice supermarket down the street and a coffee shop right by the Metro stop (Suharevskaya) so I recommend opting for the nicer room. When we checked out the first time, the receptionist accepted our Visa card without problem. When we checked out using the same card the second time, the receptionist told us she could not accept a Signature Visa card. I still have no idea why, but we pulled out another Visa and used that. There is a handy ATM/money changer machine in the lobby. The Georgian restaurant down the street and across was very good. The Sirena Restaurant across the street looks beautiful but we were warned it was very expensive. Walked to Kremlin and back one day which was an easy 35 minute walk each way. Volga is not charming and the staff not particularly friendly but the rooms were large, the place was clean, location good and it seemed very safe so I can recommend it. (If using the Metro, recommend a map with both English and Cyrillic letters to decipher the Metro stops which are written only in Cyrillic in the stations.)

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

Converted apartment buildings located within walking distance of three major metro stations. Quiet neighborhood with many good restaurants located within a few blocks, most with a english menu. There are two small food markets within a block if you opt to make use of the kitchens. Front-desk staff speak fairly good english. Hotel has two buildings and there are several different types of rooms/apartments, most with kitchens and one, two and three bedroom setups. There is a restaurant on-site but there are much better options nearby. 24/7 lobby security, ATM machines in the lobby is a safe option for exchanging money a a reasonable rate. Inside kids play area. In-house cable TV offers programming in several languages including English. Over-all a good option if staying in Moscow.

Room Tip: Get a room with the bedroom on the parking lot side, the street side can get get a little noisy during the week!
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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Thank wfalconbury
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

I visited Moscow first time in Oct 2012. Stayed in this hotel which was great looking and quite close to my work place. Good living room, kitchenette and spacious bed room with all required things in place.
The staff does not know English but can read and give directions. I asked for conversion from Japanese Yen to Ruble. The reception officer showed me a machine. Fortunately, it was in English too. Great rates and clean notes from the machine.
Morning, went for breakfast... Looked for some bread and Jam but could not find. The staff was not helping mood. Second day, my colleague said, the bread is behind a curtain... Oh Boy, what a way to search and get it.. The breakfast was well spread out... but limited items for me to pick up. Coffee was terrible but tea was good.
The third day, I made my own breakfast in the room kitchen. It was fantastic.

Room Tip: All rooms are great and be careful, the room numbers and floors do not match. We three got 1037, 1025 and 1020 numbered rooms. But our floors were 11, 8 and 6 respectively. The correlation is pasted on the elevator.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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