When we first walked into our hotel room at the Buryatia Hotel in Ulan Ude, we got quite a shock. We have become used to Russian hotels that are generally of a good standard, with some being very good. We were not expecting the poor standard that we found at the Buryatia. It is by far the worst hotel room we have seen in Russia, having stayed in a number of hotels over the past few weeks.
We had intentionally looked for somewhere that was low to mid range on the budget scale but, at $75 per night, we expected much better than this. By comparison, the Szvezda Hotel in Irkutsk was only slightly more expensive but was a very nice hotel. This place is decrepit.
The Buryatia Hotel’s only claim to fame seems to be that it is the ‘tallest hotel in Ulan Ude’ which doesn’t translate to anything of benefit for the occupant.
The only twin room available was the ‘Economy Twin’ at the equivalent of $75. The standard twin costs more than an additional 50%. We have since discovered that the ‘standard’ rooms are the renovated rooms whilst the ‘economy’ rooms look like they haven’t been touched-up since soviet times.
On the positive side – the beds are comfortable, there is private parking and there is free wifi (when it works properly, as it is sporadic.
On the negative side – appalling bathroom, thin and frayed towels, old and stained carpet with pieces missing along the edges, dirty walls and floors, rusty fridge, a faulty lock on the door, a room heater that doesn’t work, an unknown lump of something on the carpet and, for the two days that we were there, the hot water was only available for certain hours of the day, as repairs were being conducted.
The maid came whilst I was in the room and was finished within two minutes - made the beds, changed the towels and emptied the trash (no cleaning).
The attached photos should help to paint the picture.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel "Buryatia", the tallest hotel of Ulan-Ude is located in business and cultural center of the city. In walking distance from the hotel is the administration building of the Government of the Republic of Buryatia, the city administration, the People's Hural, shopping centers, theaters and museums. Convenient transport location. The hotel can accommodate 300 people at a time in 208 rooms - from single standart rooms to suites and three bedroom apartment. Rooms are equipped with TV, fridge. We offer a breathtaking panoramic views of the city of Ulan-Ude.Check-in and Check-out.Check-in: 12:00 PM. Check-out: 12:00 PM.Express Check-In and Express Checkout.Free parking for hotel guests. ... more less
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