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We arrived at the hotel which was beautiful! It was called the Historic Sovietsky Hotel and it had marble walls and looked so grand!
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... cold, but remarkably most of the snow has disappeared. We’d noticed this a bit in other cities, but here it seems they don’t just plough and salt the streets. Workers are actually out in force sweeping and shoveling snow and ice from wherever it may lay onto the back of trucks from whence it’s dumped who knows where. So neither the roads, sidewalks nor pedestrian precincts are icy or slushy.
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... simple items incomprehensible. In the end though we had a chicken caesar salad and chips with some meat.
Thursday was all about getting across the Russian border, we were very uncertain after the previous days experience but after a couple of hours driving we were across, I couldn't believe it. We had a passport check, more a cursory glance, a mini salute from the guard and that was it.
I bought my car insurance from a man in a caravan at ...
... area you can see at the back of the building, under the main stairs, holds another exhibition area; it's just cafe, toilets and exit. You can come back in with your ticket if you wander down there exploring, mind. The building itself is grand, enormous high ceilings, decorated in a variety of ways, from large skylights to plaster sculpture and paintings. The whole thing is probably just a plaster cast of an original somewhere, though. A ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sovietsky Historical Hotel Moscow
Ein wirklich wundervolles russisches Erlebnis
Wir waren schon in vielen Hotels in Moskau und das Sovietsky ist - obwohl bei weitem nicht das Luxuriöseste und vor allem nicht das Teuerste - definitiv unser Lieblingshotel. Die Zimmer waren riesig, die Einrichtung - mit Stalin-Portraits auf jeder Etage - vermittelten ein geschichtsträchtiges Ambiente und die Korridore rochen auch sehr schön nach Holzpolitur. Wir haben im prachtvollen Esssaal ein leckeres Schnitzel Stroganoff gegessen und währenddessen eine spektakuläre Show verfolgt. Ein großartiges Hotel mit einem wirklich sehr guten Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis.
Kitschig, aber witzig
Ich kann den anderen Schreibern hier nur zustimmen. Ein unglaubliches Gebäude, gutes Personal und zivile Preise. Es liegt ca. 1 Kilometer von der nächsten Metrostation (Dinamo) entfernt, in einem nicht so schönen Viertel, umgeben von Autobahnen und Überführungen. So weit ich es beurteilen konnte, war es dort recht sicher. Im angegliederten Restaurant YAR kann man definitiv einen Abend essen gehen. Das Essen war großartig und der Service exzellent. Die dazugehörige Tanzshow wird nach einer Weile langweilig und der günstigste Wein kostete 50 Euro, in London gibt es den für weniger als die Hälfte. Nicht untypisch für Moskau. Frühstück war im Preis mit drin und es war sehr gut. Wenn Ihnen morgens danach zumute ist, können Sie auch Champagner bekommen. Schauen Sie sich auch die Bilder der Parteivorsitzenden der Sowjetunion im dritten Stock an.
We stayed there for 5 nights, and enjoyed it thoroughly for the reasons other subscribers have given. It was particularly pleasant to have classical music over breakfast.
Even though the neighbourhood was nothing flash, I enjoyed getting something of an idea of life outside the centre.
For those staying there-
1. Dynamo station is about 10 minutes walk straight ahead as you leave the hotel (a couple of small underpasses avoid the large road, then a walk along the edge of a park). The metro service is frequent and fast.
2. About 75m to your right as you leave the hotel is a small convenience store.
3. Across the road from that store is a bank (green signage) which has an ATM. The hotel also has an ATM.
4. We used their airport service, which was a mistake. The car was an battered taxi, which had cracks in all the windows, insufficient seat belts etc. At 60 euros, it was well above the cost of an ordinary taxi (trip took about 1.25 hours mid afternoon on a weekday). If you do want to be met at the airport (and we certainly appreciated it after a 26 hr flight), I suggest going through a tour organiser and getting an English-speaking driver who can give you an overview of the city on the way.
5. If organising a taxi through front desk when you leave, ask the girl to provide an indicative price and then ask her to negotiate that price when she books the cab. We paid 300 R for the 20 minutes ride to the train station for the trip to St P.
Kitsch but funny
I echo what other reviewers say. It's an amazing building, the staff are good and it's a reasonable price. It's about 1k from the nearest Metro (Dinamo) but in a fairly uninspiring part of town, surrounded by freeways and flyovers. Perfectly safe as far as I could make out though. The restaurant attached, YAR, is definitely worth spending one night in. The food was great and the service excellent. The accompanying show of dancing gets a bit tiresome after a while and the wine list starts at around €50 for a bottle which would cost less than 1/2 that in a London restaurant. Not untypical of Moscow. Breakfast is included and very much worth having. Champagne available if you're up for that in the morning. Check out the big potraits of Soviet leaders on Floor 3.
Sovietsky, attached to the best restaurant in the world
I travelled to Moscow on a business trip last year and stayed for six weeks at the Sovietsky and what a magnificent experience it was, couldn't fault the place if I tried. But, the very best was next door at the 'YAR' restaurant entered along a corridor past the hotel lounge and dining area, truly the best restaurant in the world. The food, the wine list, the service and the fantastic show are all amazing, I ate there several times and was always blown away. Try it!.
Grand entrances and marble staircases set the scene for this impressive hotel that does not look much from the street. It is 5 minutes from Dinamo metro or 10 minutes from Belorusskaya metro then 3/4 stops or 5 minutes to the centre. Alternatively a number 12 trolley bus from the end of the road goes straight into town.
The reception area is massive with friendly eanglish speaking reception and concierge staff. There is an exchange office and cash machine in the foyer. Most of the staff speak some english (even the maintenance men) and are invariably friendly.
Breakfast is an extensive buffet often with more staff than customers and a chef is on standby to cook eggs and make omelettes to order.
The rooms vary from the ordinary (which we had) to very expensive suites, but even the ordinary rooms are imrpessive if a little faded. Sheets and linen are changed daily, slippers, shoe cleaners and toothbrushes are provided. Satellite TV is in the roome but only in Russian though often dubbed american programmes! The maids turn down the beds in the evening and leave chocolates on the pillow. Rooms have tea making equipment and maids leave bottled water daily.
The YAR restaurant in the hotel was smarter and more expensive than we wanted but there are bars and a bistro restaurant that is less expensive and room service meals are well priced, too. There are fast food places (KFC, Pizza Hut) and an Italian restaurant close to Belorusskaya and a great choice of restaurants near the Bolshoi just down the metro.
The hotel is just past the end of the smart Tverskaya shopping district and although it feels a little out of the way it is easy to get into town. We never felt threatened at all walking to the hotel late in the evening through what is mainly a residential area but care needs to be taken around Belorusskaya as near mainline stations in any city.
This place is a true experience - where else would you get all this in a 3 star hotel?
Sovietsky: An outstanding experience
This hotel is great. They'd be charging a whole lot more with a better location, but they're only about 20 minutes from Red Square by subway, including a ten-minute walk from Dynamo station. Once there, you'll hardly want to leave.
The Historic Hotel Sovietsky is grand, clean, friendly and opulent. They have live classical music in the lobby every morning (and perhaps other times but we weren't there), an abundant and beautiful breakfast buffet, gorgeous rooms, and even a little art gallery on the second floor. Oh, and there's a free business center with two computers, a printer and internet. The hotel is really too wonderful for me to describe, so I'll attach photos. We really liked this place and the people who work there.
Booking was challenging for me. Lots of agents offered deals but there was always some problem with availability or ambiguous exchange rates. Finally we booked through Academservice, who took all the mystery out of the process and got us an amazingly low price. Academservice is on the web at ---. The hotel's site is ---, where you can get more pictures of the hotel and learn the asking price of different rooms.
To get to the hotel, take the subway to Dynamo station. Exit the station by the doors behind the train, assuming your train came out from the Red Square area. Walk straight ahead through the park and then go one more block. The hotel's big red flag ahead of you will be obvious once you leave the park.
A truly wonderful Russian experience
We stayed in several hotels in Moscow and the Sovietsky - while by no means the most luxurious and certainly not the most expensive - was definitely our favourite. The rooms were huge, the interior - with portraits of Stalin on every floor - conveyed a sense of history and the corridors smelled attractively of wood polish. We ate delicious veal stroganoff in the grand dining room while watching the spectacular floor show.
A great hotel and very good value indeed.
A grand Hotel
What a truly magical experience we had staying at the Sovietsky. This is a grand hotel of a bygone era where the maid still turns down the bedcovers and leaves a chocolate on the pillow. My wife & I occupied a Superior Double suite for three day's, which had a large bedroom, bathroom & hallway. During our stay their were plenty of towels and toiletries supplied, and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. I believe the hotel was erected in Stalinist times with typical grand Russian architecture, with plenty of marble, chandeliers & brocade curtaining, which truly was a sight to see. Where in a '3 star' hotel these day's would one still see a harp and grand paino being played while one is dining, only at the 'Sovietsky'. Elegance at it's best, with waiters flitting about in green waistcoats delivering meals fit for a king. All the staff were excellent, carrying out their duties to the max, and always with accompaning smiles, which is not a known trait amongst the Russians. The only person that was not expected to smile was the security guard on the door. But then his job was to make the place safer, and not too many people (other than guests) would have got past him without a valid reason.
This is one '3 star' hotel experience we certainly will repeat again if we ever get back to Moscow. The only downside at the moment is that a new building is being erected across the road from the hotel, and the construction staff on site tends to keep buiding late, so a back room would be better booked. Also the outside of the building is showing it's age, such a shame, in contrast to it's elegant interiors.
Stylish Soviet Nostalgic Hotel!
Great hotel. Typically soviet style with true elegance. Staff extemely friendly, Don't be put off by the burly looking security at the door on arrival. At least you know you will be extra safe! Very grand hotel for great price. Rooms are typically Russian but this fact gives you a sense of nostalgia. Fantastic breakfast. Great location. Metro nearby to city centre. Anyone visiting Moscow should definately consider this hotel!