Just returned from a week long vacation. We stayed at the Maxima Zarya and was pleasantly surprised. Unlike a previous review, we paid to upgrade our room from Standard to Business Class. For a minimal fee, the upgrade was well worth it. There are too many differences to compare the rooms, but the Business Class room (which I would call a suite) was excellent. We had air conditioning so based on previous reviews, you will want to confirm if the room has air conditioning with the front desk personnel. Everything was great about our room. The bedroom was connected to a sitting/lounge room with a TV in each room. The beds were extremely comfortable. Our room also had a small refrigerator. The shower was great and shampoo/conditioner was provided/replenished daily. Our bathroom had a deep tub to shower. There were no grab bars, so be careful when stepping out from the tub because the tub was very deep. The bathroom also had a heating towel rack. I was shocked at how great the blow dryer worked (they did not have a good blow dryer in the Standard room). I cannot emphasize enough to bring plenty of kleenex. My experience both in the hotel and anywhere else I used the restroom was that the toilet paper is rough. All the soft kleenex I brought sure came in handy. (note: even the extra toilet paper/kleenex we brought at the grocery store right around the corner felt rough as well). The hotel provides a laundry service if needed and they clean the rooms every day (they change sheets once/week). They have a variety of TV channels for different languages. The only 3 channels where English is spoken is CNBC, Bloomberg West and BBC. TV is not great but we were on vacation so it did not matter. Breakfast buffet was included and included everything but no pancakes or waffles. The only eggs offered are hard boiled eggs. There is plenty of everything else including fruit, cereal/oatmeal, yogurt, bread assortments, juices, tea/coffee and more. You walk away from breakfast full. There is a grocery store right around the corner and a pharmacy is only a 2 minute walk away. The subway station is a 5 minute walk as well. A few suggestions. When we arrived at the airport, we did not use any of the private drivers to take us to our hotel. We went straight to the car rental desk. Based on the day/time you arrive, the drive from the airport to the hotel can take up to 90 minutes. Lots and lots and lots of traffic. We had an excellent cab driver. My husband paid between 1750-1950 rubles each way. I was amazed at how safe I felt in the subway. I was lucky that my husband is fluent in Russian. You will be challenged if you are not fluent or with someone who is fluent in Russian, so you may want to check out private tour guides or sign up for tours. You will need a universal adaptor for your ipad/iphone and you can purchase it at any SUYAZ COMMUNICATIONS center. Any time you use a restroom, you must pay and don't be shocked if you walk into a an occasional stall that has no toilet (and in those cases, you have to pay for toilet paper). We did not drink the tap water. We bought a jug of water from the local grocery store and it worked just fine. Make sure you get the flat water (not mineral water). You will love the food. The entire trip was so memorable and this hotel was part of our wonderful experience. Enjoy!
- 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