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Ah, the first day of my trip. Brrrrrrrr, oh my god it's so cold! It's 7 degrees celsius here! I was thinking that it would be warm here, but luckily i checked the temprature before i came. Anyway, I checked into my hotel and unpacked my bags. Then I put on my Winter Jacket on and headed of to The St.Basil Church. When i got there, the top of St. …
... Irkutsk were not e-tickets, but vouchers which had to be redeemed for printed train tickets at any Russian Rail station. Since we had a couple of hours before our train I thought I'd get these tickets. Russia is not easy. Not for Russians and certainly not for non-Russian speaking or reading tourists, although we were getting better at reading Cyrillic. We had to if we wanted to find a toilet. Anyway, the woman at the Russian Rail service centre directed me ...
... The place is just vast, its a metropolis of grey concrete massive structures everywhere you look, you simply cant get away from it and as I made my way to my digs the contrast between St Petersburg and Moscow was easy to see. Moscow has none of the colour, character and vibrancy that I saw further North. It is bland and soul less at least from what I have seen so far and it reflects in the locals faces more than St Petersburg. It is a very ...
Well we're on the last leg of our journey having arrived in Moscow around lunch time. Went for a tour of the inner city area which totally surprised me as it is a lot more vibrant than I thought it would be. The streets are very wide and one street was wide enough for 8 lanes of traffic in each direction. They took us for a ride on the subway and we had to ...
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At some of our other meetings we also learned, that even though the need for new technology and IT is there, particularly specialists on the travel industry are extremely rare and therefore very expensive. Whereas in India IT specialists would be paid 25-30 USD an hour, in Russia it could easily end up at a 100 ...
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Yes, beware It's a Price trap
Beware!!!! Rates are shown in "PRICE UNITS" and not in any denomination... WHAT ARE PRICE UNITS???? it's a trick to rip off unsuspecting tourists. And later when you check out you get a horror experience. NOT RECOMMENDED AT ALL!
As tourists, we were incredibly disappointed! We paid a lot of money and did not get the service we expected. Note that we LOVED Moscow - the only thingwe hated about the city was the hotel. The staff are a bunch of 20-years olds that have no clue about anything related to tourism. They gave us a map (when we asked for it) and said they would answer any questions. But they never could.They never had any answers for basic questions, such as "How do you find a tour?" The metro is hardly close by, and as 2 young women, we were terrified to walk back to the hotel from the metro at night. Another example is when we were leaving and struggling to get our suit cases to the lobby. A staff member watched us, then stepped over our suitcase and walked past without helping us.
First it should be noted that hotels in Moscow are ridiculously overpriced. Depending on the season, if you are fortunate enough to even find a room in a decent hotel, you may end up spending $500 or more per night for a decent hotel. What's more, as one reviewer previously noted, you are likely to be charged in the famous "currency units", which is likely to be pegged more closely to the euro than to the dollar (this is a shameful trick done by all Moscow hotels -- including the major Western chains such as the Marriott).
Not the freshest apple on the tree
It is a boutique hotel in terms of size, but not, I'm afraid, in style. Our room was small and decorated in an alarming colour scheme of black and bright orange. It was comfortable enough and the service and food were good, but it is definitely not a design success. As yet, Moscow has not got a proper boutique hotel, of the sort and standard found in Europe and the US. For a moderately-priced hotel full of history, try the Sovietsky; for pure style and grandeur, the newly-decorated Savoy is magnificent.
We stayed in this hotel for 3 nights in may 2006. We've booked a double room through this site, and we got the price of 200 dollars a night. When we were checking out, surprise, surprise: 200 dollars for them aren't 200 dollars, but 200 a thing they call "currency unit" (c.u.), with a rate similar to 1 euro. Thus, in the bill we were supposed to pay 25% more than what we had agreed to. And there was a tax, that never was told before, of more than 15%. We told them that that was not honest, and in capitalism you have to respect contracts. We asked for the manager, and another surprise: there was no manager on duty! He was at home, and nobody was at charge, at 1 p.m. When the credit card bill arrived, another surprise: They charged another bill of 334 dollars, besides that of 990 dollars. For 3 nights, more than 1300 dollars, in a 3 star hotel!!!!!!! And the breakfast is 25 c.u. a person. Can you believe it?!!!
My partner and I have just returned from a wonderful 4 night trip to Moscow. Having never visited the city before, I decided on the Golden Apple after some extensive internet research. This was the best decision I could have made. The hotel is very modern, and although the rooms are on the small side, they are very well appointed with extremely comfortable beds! We had breakfast in the hotel a couple of mornings, and the selection and service were both first class. The young, english-speaking staff were all highly efficient, and we enjoyed some expertly made cocktails in the trendy bar area. The hotel is located just off Tverskaya which is packed with bars and restaurants, and is just a 5 minute walk from the famous Pushkin cafe.
Just spent 3 nights at the Golden Apple in Moscow and had a great time.
Excellent Facilities and Service
I stayed in Golden Apple in May and enjoyed every minute of it, especially its staff--everyone was very attentive, professional, helpful and courteous
What a nice feeling in Russia!