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Where to Stay in Moscow?
In 2009, Mercer's cost of living survey named Moscow as the third most expensive city in the world, and a new report has revealed that Moscow hotels are the world's most expensive. Despite this, cheap hotel deals and discounts do exist, and the city has some excellent hostels.
Accommodation is spread across the city, but as a general rule the further you go from the centre, the cheaper the accommodation becomes.
Many of Moscow's key tourist attractions and places of interest are located in the central district and historical heart of the city, making this a desirable place to stay. High-end accommodation can be found in the area near Red Square and the fortified Kremlin buildings. This area contains key sights including St Basil's Cathedral and Lenin's Tomb.
Kitay-Gorod, an area next to Red Square is also an attractive place to stay with a good choice of accommodation and some interesting buildings, good shops and cafes. To the northwest is the Tverskoy district which is considered a cultural hub due to the large number of theatres it contains. It's a lively area full of restaurants and bars. Basmanny is another central neighbourhood offering hotels and restaurants within walking distance of the main sights.
If prices do drive you out of the very central areas, aim to get a hotel near the metro for easy access to the city centre.
Moscow Accommodation Options
Visitors looking for high-end, luxurious accommodation are spoilt for choice in Moscow. The city has an abundance of opulent hotels, some of which are situated in historic buildings.
There are also numerous four- and five-star international chain hotels, many of which are tailored for business travellers and have facilities befitting their star ratings. Boutique and design hotels are also springing up across the city. If you are on a budget, some hotels offer cheap deals and discounts, especially if you book online. Alternatively, there are several good hostels in the city.
Moscow Hotel Recommendations?
For classic luxury, you could consider the Ritz Carlton. Its terrace and some of the rooms on higher floors have stunning views of the Kremlin. It has a choice of restaurants and a sumptuous spa.
For historical grandeur and spectacular views of the Kremlin and Red Square, the Hotel National makes an elegant base.
For something altogether more modern, the Golden Apple offers boutique accommodation in the theatre district.
Transport in Moscow
Moscow has four airports, but the majority of flights originating from the UK land in Moscow Domodedovo Airport or Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport. The former is approximately 45kms south of the city centre, the latter 30kms to the northwest. Public transport and taxis link the airports and the city.