Holiday Accommodation Options in Moscow

Find out about the accommodation options available when planning a vacation in Russia: hotels, furnished apartments and hostels...

Moscow, being the capital city of Russia, attracts many tourists from all over the world. Over four million tourists visit the city every year. Moscow offers a broad range of holiday accommodation types, both in terms of affordability and the quality of services.

Overall, holiday accommodation in Russia can be classified into the following groups:

  • Luxury hotels (4-5 stars)
  • Tourist-class hotels (3-4 stars)
  • Small and mini-hotels operated by private companies (3-4 stars)
  • Hostels (1-3 stars)
  • Countryside hotels
  • Rental apartments

The star system in Russia is similar to the rest of the world.  However, the standards for these stars are not always observed (apart from those managed by western hospitality companies) and hotels may vary in the level of service provided. Most hotels accept credit cards.

Luxury Hotels

Luxury hotels typically provide a high level of service and correspond to international 4 and 5 star rating.  4 and 5 star hotels are usually operated by Western hospitality companies, such as Hilton, Marriott or Sheraton.

Tourist Hotels

These are mid-sized hotels with a 3 and 4 star rating. Most of them offer business-class accommodation with all corresponding services. Rooms usually have a TV, telephone and air-conditioning. Wi-Fi is also often available either in rooms or in the lobby. The staff usually speak (or at least understand) English. Some 3 and 4 star hotels are operated by Western hospitality chains, such as Holiday Inn or Best Western.

Small and Mini-hotels

These hotels are usually privately run and range in size from ten to 50 rooms.  Rooms usually have all the required amenities and can have a 3 or 4 star rating. Some hotels may offer breakfast only, others provide full board. Staff may or may not speak English.

Hostels

Hostels are budget class accommodation, and offer a cheaper alternative to staying in a hotel. They offer dormitory-style rooms (four or more beds in a room) or private rooms with shared bathroom and toilets.

Country Hotels

These are usually village-style mini-hotels located outside of Moscow. Country hotels can be either family cottages, single, double or dormitory-type cottages for 10 or more people with shared bath, toilets and cooking facilities, or luxury cottages. Rooms usually have all the required amenities, including warm water (through a boiler), modern toilets, satellite TV, Wi-Fi and telephone. These hotels may also offer a sauna, Russian steam bath (banya), swimming pool or barbeque (shashlyki).

Rental Apartments

Apartments for rent are also available in all districts in Moscow. It is possible to rent 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, 3- or even 4-bedroom apartments. Rental apartments are usually furnished and include linen and kitchen appliances and utensils. They also typically have a telephone, TV and Internet connection. A cleaning service may also be provided.