Just returned from a long weekend in Moscow and I was very pleased with the Maxima Zarya. The 'budget' hotel options in Moscow are fairly limited and nearly all in the suburbs which is why one needs to (a) pick the right suburb and (b) be sure of being close to a Metro station. Many budget travellers go to one of the mega-hotels in the Izmailovo complex (eg the Gamma-Delta or Best Western Vega) but Izmailovo is a pretty grim suburb and the hotels are anonymous. And the nearby fake Kremlin and Vernisage market are very disappointing. The Maxima Zarya is just a few minutes from Vladykino Metro Station (so better placed than its sister hotel the Maxima Ibis). It is in a pleasant and very quiet suburb, with no horrid brutalist skyscrapers or factory complexes. Service is excellent: I arrived with my daughter off the BA red-eye flight and we were given our rooms for that evening at 7am! This is very uncommon. The rooms were small but comfortable; TV channels are limited but who comes to Moscow to watch hotel TV? The breakfast was varied and excellent. But I was very pleased with the price: £55 a night for a double room (single occupancy).
One downside is the lack of local eateries - and the only reason I am not giving 5 stars is that the otherwise excellent staff let themselves down by not having any idea about local restaurants (perhaps because they want to highlight their own restaurant, which is fine for a functional breakfast but not recommended for dinner). There is a decent local restaurant: a pizza place called La Roma about 10 mins away. The Maxima staff should be aware of this. But overall I was very happy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maxima Zarya Hotel has a rich history. Built in 1957 the famous "Zarya" was totally reconstructed in 2004 by Maxima Hotels. The Hotel is located in an ecologically sound and silent area on a green boulevard. Nevertheless the Hotel's Guests may easily get to the center of Moscow by underground: the "Vladykino" metro station is located nearby. Maxima Zarya Hotel provides 192 rooms of various categories, including the famous among the Guests "Marine" Suite, conference services, special offers & benefits. The All-Russia Exhibition Centre is located nearby. Free Wi-Fi and fresh press are complimentary. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maxima Zarya Moscow
- Maxima Zarya Hotel Moscow