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As smoke from the country's worst forest fires in years saturated the city, suffocating its citizens and forcing them to flee inside the metro for solace, you began to wonder why anyone would visit Moscow at this time of year. Temperatures well into the 40s, the heavy stench of carbon dioxide stifling every breath, the Russian capital in late July …
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Moscow is a really large city of 10 million people so it was a little daunting figuring out what we should see in the two short days we had. We chose to take it all in in the quickest and most all-encompassing, but least in-depth way one could possibly tour a city: a bus tour of Moscow at night. Of course the air conditioning was broken as we …
Got up early & went down to the foyer to get internet access, leaving Jean in bed to sleep, she finally woke up at 8.45am, had a minor heart attack & made it downstairs by 8.50, We were meant to be having breakfast at 8am.
Breakfast was a cattle market, aided by a boys' school from Bolton. The choices on offer were salad, cereal, …
Got up late & put my 3rd phone on charge (a girl can't have too many phones after all!) & Jean said "**** I hate mornings" I apologized thinking I had woken her up. Though she did fall asleep again.
We went down for a fairly quick breakfast as we wanted to avoid the hoards of students who would be breakfasting & we figured by …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Cosmos Moscow
Too many people and not clean enough. Old fashion rooms and dirty bathrooms.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Cosmos Moscow
An Unneeded Adventure
After reading some of the other reviews I feel like I stayed at a different hotel. Being accosted by hookers every evening is not my idea of ancilliary services at a hotel. Also the night club is in reality an Exotic Sex Club according to the fliers being handed out in the lobby and as I did not venture in to find out we will just have to rely upon the fliers. My room had someone's dirty clothes in it as did the room of two other women in our party. Finally one room had to be fumigated due to the presence of bed bugs.
DON'T stay here!!!
Stayed here as part of a tour group. Hotel dirty, nasty, smelly, worse than the most disgusting motel I have ever passed on the highway (and I drive a lot!!)Out of date (and hotter than Hades, maintenance told us to open the window.) If you MUST stay here (and I would book a differnt tour than stay here again, EVER) pay to upgrade your room (we did) to the "Cosmos Club" room. At least the furnishings were cleaner, but not by much.
I am not joking, at night the lobby is full of hookers (prostitutes), and we are not talking high class call girls. We even saw the concerierge on the upgraded penthouse floor (where we stayed) lead a hooker to a guests room and tell her "That's the one." upon which she knocked on the door.
The pool, hot tub and gym is only free to "upgraded guests" otherwise you have to pay $12.00 a person a day to use. But don't bother, the water slides were broken and the pool was freezing. The hot tubs were colder than my bathwater (gross!!) We left within 5 minutes of getting there.
The only plus is the large breakfast buffet and the closeness to the Metro. The shopping was surprisingly VERY reasonable in price and competitive. But like I said, NEVER again. VERY NASTY NASTY DIRTY.
Low below average
Not the best hotel... needed lots of money to to be invested. Rooms old, reception seemed to be within a tacky shopping mall.
Wouldnt go there again.
We stayed at the Cosmos for three nights and found it to be superb.The reception area is huge and very attractive. The rooms are large and clean. We had a room overlooking the space monument in front of the hotel. There is a bar/restaurant on the 25th floor which gives excellent views. There is also a metro station just accross the road with access to the city centre. There is also a 24hr supermarket alongside the hotel with an excellent range of goods. We loved it.
Good budget option in an overpriced city
The Cosmos hotel has created a 'hotel within the hotel', the Cosmos Club. Located on floors 24 and 25, it has a separate check-in desk, concierge, and breakfast room (on floor 25-great views). Club guests also get free shuttle transfer to the centre of Moscow. Prices are a bit higher than for the regular hotel but club rooms are said to have been renovated. Overall, the Cosmos Club offers standard, sound-proof and clean three star accommodation for half the price one would pay in the centre of Moscow (which is still *way* overpriced). Access to the centre is very easy with the VDNh metro just opposite the hotel (30 minutes). The staff could have been friendlier at times, the tourist shops on the first floor rip you off with a smile (100% commission on stamps, oh yes), security is OK (regular hotel pass checks).
We booked via ---- and were very pleased with their service - the rate included the visa invitations and the visa registration.
PS Have a look around the all Russian exhibition centre in front of the hotel. Surreal.
Typical Moscow dump!!!
Moscow is so depressing and this hotel reflects the overall picture of this city. No one smiles in this city and the buildings and people make you wonder why you ever decided to come. I have never felt happier than when I stepped on to the aeroplane to take me to Italy.
On arrival my partner was assumed to be a prostitute since we had different surnames. The check in staff would not let us have the same room!
The Hotel is massive and ugly. Minibar and drycleaning has to be paid before consumption (as is all Moscow,. pay b4 you eat). ATMs do not all work on all cards. Casino was expensive and small. There seemed to be heaps of casinos around. Gift shop was OK. Restaurants had bench seats and crap tables, very unfriendly staff. They served ice cream in the middle of eating sandwiches. The pool was overheated. Everyting in Moscow was expensive, more than Tahiti even! Enjoyed Kremlin (colour), Arbat Street, (market stalls) and the monastry Sergiev Posad about 40 minutes outside town and Bolshoi Ballet
Cosmos (Moscow) a real disappointment!
Cosmos in Moscow was a big diappointment!! We did not get the accomodations we paid for, and could not get a reimbursement for our prepayment. The desk staff is rude, sometimes condescending and not very helpful. The room that we did get was small and not as comfortable as what we paid for. We DID get the proper accomodations for only 2 out of 5 days! The laundry service was about all that was done well!! Sleeping arrangements for an extra person in the room were limited to a very uncomfortable, flimsy, rollaway bed! The elevators did not work half of the time. Much of the Cosmos is getting very run down and not worth the prices they charge!! The included breakfast fare was about the worst we encountered in several hotels in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Barnaul, Gornu-Altaisk and Chemal!
We stayed at the Cosmos in July 2003 as part of a tour of Eastern Europe & Russia. The hotel was all it promised to be. The food was great & varied. The rooms were comfortable & clean. It was easy to get to the centre of Moscow from the hotel & the staff were very friendly and helpful. The view from our room ( which was about half way up) was spectacular. We loved Moscow & the hotel enhanced our experience there. The next trip to Moscow will also see us staying at the Cosmos.
MOSCOW IN MINIATURE
We stayed here in September 2001 and things may have changed since then. However, this hotel represented all that was great about our Moscow experience. The hotel faced the Exhibition Park and the Space Needle monument and being on the 23rd floor we had great views. There were variously themed bars, restaurants and shops on different floors that were open what seemed like all hours! The foyer area was the most glitzy part of the hotel but the rooms themselves were very basic - this last adding to our Russian experience! Apparently this hotel was the French olympic team hotel for the Moscow Olympics. The staff were very friendly and spoke english.
Staying here allowed us to negotiate our way (with the help of a guide initially) into central Moscow via the Subway quickly and easily. By the end of a few days we felt we could live in Moscow!
Overall a great experience. While we normally go for big chain hotels this trip showed us that a great hotel needn't only be about expensive furnishings. I don't think that a "fancy" hotel would have done Moscow justice for us. This was our best holiday to date.