Upon planning an overnight trip to the Suzdal/ Vladimir area I was apprehensive about staying overnight as most of the hotels had really TERRIBLE reviews. We were unable to make an online booking at any of the area hotels so we headed out from Moscow intending to take our chances. As a precaution we packed our own towels, sheets and pillows "just in case" we ended up with a less than sanitary room. We arrived in Suzdal around 1pm and the first hotel I recognized was the Pushkarskaya. I had written the names of all of the "not totally awful" hotels on a list in order of their reviews. This was also the only 4 star hotel in the vicinity so I figured how bad could it be. I told my boyfriend to do what ever it took to get a room.
Upon inquiry we found they had a two types of rooms available: a European style room in the main building or a traditional Russian style Izba log cabin room. Since both were the same price, $115 USD or $3750 RUB we opted for the log cabin. Secure parking was available across the street for 100 RUB. A free Banya (Sauna) or spa treatement was included as was free water from the mini bar.
Since we could not check in for about an hour, we decided to have lunch at the hotel cafe. It was a rustic log cabin style enclosed patio with a nice view and cool breezes. The food was excellent, service was good and the price was VERY reasonable.
Our room turned out to be quite lovely with plenty of room and a luxurious, clean modern bathroom. I was absolutely speechless. No need for the towels and sheets.
After walking around town trying to find a good place to eat dinner, we decided to try out another restaurant at the hotel since lunch was good and inexpensive. We opted for a traditional Russian style restaurant set in a log cabin adjacent to the row of log cabin rooms. We we not disappointed. Not only was the service good, the food was excellent and reasonably priced.
After walking the grounds and enjoying an after dinner drink on our patio, we decided to seek out the hotel night club. So far everything at the hotel had surpassed our expectations. This is pretty much where it stopped. I was already aware that many hotel bars in Russia are really nothing more than strip clubs so this part didn't shock me. My boyfriend however, a native of Moscow had never been to one so I thought it would be fun for him. Having worked in male dominated industries most of my adult life, I've been to more than my share of these types of clubs. My assessment óf the Fondue Bar is this: fairly unattractive strippers, bad music, sleezy atmosphere and astronomical prices. The worst part was that the drinks or rather the two tablespoons of liquid they attempted to pass as a drink, were as weak as limp noodle. The prices are on the menu but I guess most people do not read the disclaimer at the bottom stating that the prices are fixed as of the 1st of the year but are subject to change at any moment. Please use this menu as an advertisement of offerings and not a price guide. I thought that should sort of be a red flag but he was having fun. My "bad" for not telling him that you NEVER allow a stripper to order her own drink. Our bill for 7 drinks, our 6 which added up to about one normal drink, and the sleeze bag, sorry I mean stripper's drink cost over $100. Her drink alone was $30 bucks and I think she had two sips of it before the waitress took it away. It was probably water anyway. Moral of the story is never take a Russian man to a strip club in a small Russian town unless you hold on to his money AND his cigarette; we had a little burn incident with one of the girls and no it was not her highly flammable outfit, unfortunately.
Overall our experience at the hotel was positive, His was great except for the Fondue bar. I would have to say that all of mine was good as the entertainment provided to me by the fiasco at the Fondue Bar was well worth the money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Modern spa and recreational facilities, international cuisine, and rooms with panoramic views of the River Kamenka and Suzdal Kremlin are available at this 4-star hotel. It has a 24-hour front desk. Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel consists of several 19th-century buildings, traditional Russian log cabins, and a modern annex. All rooms and suites feature a flat-screen TV, minibar, and private bathroom. Wi-Fi is free. Spa facilities at the hotel include a gym, hammam, and beauty salon. A game room with pool table and a children’s playground are also available. Russian specialties and varied European dishes are served in Pushkarskaya Sloboda’s sit-down restaurants. Each day starts with a varied buffet breakfast. Private parking spaces are available at the Sloboda. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Pushkarskaya Sloboda