I am told that their are differences in words, both spellings and pronunciation but it still feels like Russia to me.
The hotel is very well located not in the centre but at a distance where access is easy off the main highway but you have to keep your eyes peeled if arriving by car.
It is modern, has a very good bar and restaurant, if you don't wish to go too far away from the hotel but still eat well then please avoid the other venues that show "traditional cuisine" that is where you will find you are still in Russia. That dish is over, please hurry we don't want to cook anything because its getting late, no we can't possibly not serve you half an inch of greasy cheese on top of that piece of pork - grrrrr.
The hotel is good whether breakfast or snacks or meals, if you want better foods outside you will have to ferret your way around to look for local cuisine.
The rooms were good, clean and well furnished, I doubt you would ever be disturbed by noise and the view from the 22nd floor is good especially at night and if there are fireworks, there are always fireworks they seem to be addicted to them, so get in the elevator and go to the viewing deck.
The hotel is glued to an aqua park-good for kids, reasonably ok, packed so be prepared to queue, the resident culture of drink is in here too, cannot understand people swimming around with beer cans in their hands. The park is well supervised and patrolled.
The hotel was good for an overnighter with friends and once again the views of the Kremiln and other notable buildings at night were great.
The city is not far away to walk even, go and take a look the Kremlin especially with its mix of cultures, the old Russian eagle looking east and west, clever chappies!
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