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Where to Stay in Minsk
Tourism is not a major draw in Minsk, so there are not too many hotels to choose from. Fortunately, the choices you do have are generally high quality, and most are located in or just outside of the city centre. Despite the prime location, cheap hotel deals in Minsk are usually easy to come by in the city’s bustling core.
The city centre is where you’ll find the majority of Minsk’s museums, famous buildings and other attractions. Highlights in the neighborhood include the Belarus National Museum of History & Culture, the imposing KGB Building and Dom Ofitserov, the memorial to those who liberated Minsk from the Nazis in World War II.
There’s much to see outside of the city centre, even on the outskirts of the city, but there’s no real reason to search for an off-the-beaten-path hotel. A cheap, fast and safe network of subways and buses sprawls outward from Minsk’s core, so as long as you start each day in the city centre, it will be easy to see any part of Minsk.
Minsk Hotel Tips
Like so many of the concrete towers you’ll see throughout the city, most of Minsk’s hotels are very large. High-rises are common, with the tallest hotels offering impressive views of a city that seems to extend endlessly into the horizon. Almost all of these hotels are also quite modern, with many erected in recent years and none pre-dating World War II.
Although Minsk’s hotels are few in number, it’s rarely difficult to find a vacant room in the city. Even so, there’s a popular alternative to traditional hotel lodging; furnished apartments are also available all over Minsk, even in the city centre. Many of these guest apartments can only be rented by the week, but some are more accommodating to shorter stays. The advantages of an apartment include greater privacy and more spacious accommodations at rates that are competitive with Minsk’s mid-range hotels and consistently more affordable than the luxury options.
Minsk Hotel Recommendations
Often cited as Minsk’s most luxurious hotel property, the Crowne Plaza Minsk is ideally located in the heart of city centre. Its large and well-appointed guest rooms combine modern comforts with classic, elegant décor, and the huge roster of amenities includes two fine dining restaurants, a lavish health and beauty spa, a casino and a lively cocktail lounge. This five star property is favored by traveling dignitaries, business executives and tourists with discriminating tastes.
The Oktyabrsky Hotel is an excellent choice for visitors who are drawn in by the intrigue of Belarus’ government and Soviet history; virtually every design detail is faithful to the original Soviet Bloc style, and better yet, the rooms are right across the street from the Presidential Administrative Building. Another well-known Soviet-era hotel, the Hotel Belarus, has several levels of guest rooms. The more economical rooms are made almost kitschy with hip-again design details held over from the 1970s, while the upper-level rooms feature eclectic modern décor.
If you’re looking for a huge lodging discount without sacrificing comfort, the 40 Let Pobedy is a smart choice. The rooms are simple but clean, and the apartment-style hotel may make you feel right at home.
With a good pair of walking shoes and a pocketful of subway tokens, it’s easy to see just about any part of Minsk. The streets and sidewalks are well-paved and safe, so as long as the weather is pleasant, you should have a great time sightseeing on-the-go as you explore the city on foot. When you need to cover a longer distance, just head below ground to the extensive metro system. Tokens are cheap and every metro station is decorated in a different motif, so you may want to get off at each stop to look and take pictures. Trains come by every three minutes, so it doesn’t take too long to see them all.
If you’d rather rent a vehicle after your flight to Minsk, you’ll find several rental car kiosks in the airport. Traffic in the city can be hectic and few signs are posted in English, but driving yourself around Minsk is possible with a little confidence and the right maps.