11. Moscow River cruise

Hello there, dear traveler! Since you’re reading this, I assume you must have your heart set on visiting Moscow, which makes me very happy, because it just happens to be the city that I proudly call “home”.

As a travel blogger, I am always on the move, so it goes without saying that for many years now it has been quite hard to pinpoint where exactly HOME is for me. However, if someone asks, I always say it is Moscow – that is where my parents live, and it is pretty often that I go back there to see them! And I highly recommend you come visit, not because it is my hometown, but because it is truly a remarkable city, full of exciting activities that you can check out my post on Unmissable things to do in Moscow here!

Moscow is indeed a huge city, and the districts themselves are quite big too, so it can be a bit confusing for tourists to decide on the best areas to stay in!    The reason why I am writing this post is because I have read many other online articles written by non-locals, and I noticed that they were often misleading (wrong names, recommending the district without saying where to stay exactly), not to mention the fact that none of them properly explained the way Moscow is structured! So here is my post in which I decided to explain everything from a local’s point of view!

First things first – here is a gif that shows 1) Moscow overall (yes, it is big!) 2) Moscow inside the ring (that’s where I’d recommend to stay) 3) Red Square (the heart of Moscow).

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NOTE: Although in this post I refer to the areas as “districts”, you might also encounter them under the name “rayon” –  this actually means “district” in Russian, so please don’t be confused! 🙂

1. Inside the metro ring – city center

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The orange ring indicates the center of Moscow

NOTE: By “the ring”, I mean the metro ring – please see the picture above. The reason why I think it is great to stay there is because it is super convenient, as you can get pretty much anywhere in 15 minutes tops by metro and in 40 minutes by walking.

Because Moscow is so big and its tourist attractions are naturally not all located in the same place, we usually consider everything inside the metro ring to be the city center.

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The orange ring indicates the center of Moscow

In this section, I will break down the ring into 6 sub sections where I can recommend you to stay – with hotel names, attractions nearby, types of travelers I think they would fit best and, of course, prices!

1.1. Kitay-Gorod (Kremlin, Red Square)

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Technically, Kitay-gorod is part of the Trevskoy District (which I will talk about right below), but I made a separate section for it. This is where you can find the Red Square, and I know that most people prefer to stay as close as possible to this landmark!

I am going to give you exact hotels recommendations below (they all have great reviews, I hand-picked them!), but if you wish to keep looking by yourself, I recommend checking out Nikolskaya, Pokrovka, or Varvarka streets – all of them are in the heart of the old historical center.

Here are the best hotels in Moscow city center:

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Luxury (US$200 and up)

  • Four Seasons Hotel Moscow –  This is a marvelous Moscow hotel option located on the premises of the former historic Moskva Hotel that now keeps providing elegant rooms and service to their guests. Being so close to it, it also has the best view of the Kremlin!
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow – With an indoor pool, amazing rooftop bar, and family-friendly areas, this is one of the best 5-star hotels in Moscow. It has the best location ever near the Kremlin!
  • The St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya – This sophisticated hotel has lovely and spacious rooms with warm colored décor, great views of the Kremlin, and it also comes with a free personalized butler service.

Middle-priced (from US$90 to US$200)

  • Seven Hills Lubyanka – This is a very nice hotel with a classic interior design that has colorful and comfortable rooms for the guests, all of which come with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.
  • Veliy Hotel Mokhovaya Moscow – A great hotel located in a 19th-century mansion with classic-styled comfortable rooms and lovely views of the Kremlin.
  • Design Hotel Senator – This is an elegant hotel with allergy-free rooms, a bar, and a relaxing lounge for the guests to share, conveniently located at a walking distance from the Kremlin.

Budget (up to US$90)

  • Hostel Artist on Kitay-Gorod – This is a very bright and colorful hostel with a large number of rooms, a nice common area, and also a kitchen.
  • Capsule Hostels Rus-Kitay-gorod – This is a trendy capsule-styled accommodation filled with delightful colors and modern furniture to make your stay nothing less than perfect!
  • Kitay-Gorod Hotel – It is a cozy hotel with classic furniture and décor situated near the Kremlin and ideal for a couple stay.

1.2. Tverskoy District

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Tverskaya street is by far the most famous street in Moscow, and it is also the place where many luxury boutique hotels and the famous Bolshoi Theatre are located (we are talking about a 5 minute walk to the Red Square, by the way!).

Another great attraction here is the Hermitage Garden, the local and popular park known for the cultural events it often hosts, such as opera, ballet, and sometimes even concerts.

If you want to search for a good hotel yourself, I recommend looking on the part of Tverskaya street that is around the Red Square – the street is very long (like, say, Broadway in NYC).

FUN FACT: The area is also well-known for Hotel Metropol and its notable appearance in the book “A Gentleman in Moscow”, by Amor Towles, which I highly recommend you read before your trip to Moscow, not only because it’s a great novel, but also because reading it will definitely make your experience there considerably more interesting!

Here are the best hotels near the Red Square in Moscow in the Tverskoy district:

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Luxury (US$200 and up)

  • Metropol Hotel Moscow – This is a historical, famous hotel in Moscow for its mention in the novel “A Gentleman in Moscow”! It has an indoor swimming pool, and all their rooms have large windows perfect for admiring the overwhelmingly beautiful city views!  
  • Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel – This is a classic and elegant-styled hotel with spacious rooms whose interior design have Art Deco elements and which include cable TV with international channels.

Middle-priced (from US$55 to US$200)

  • Sheraton Palace Hotel Moscow – This is a great spacious hotel with Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience beds, soundproofed windows, and a 24-hour gym.
  • PEOPLE Tverskaya Street Hotel – It is a hotel with remodeled interiors, cozy rooms with modern furniture, décor, and air-conditioning systems to help you relax during your stay.

Budget (up to US$55)

  • Mini Hotel Provans – A small hotel located right near Moscow’s main street (Tverskaya street) where there are a lot of theaters, shops, and restaurants!
  • Hostel “Red Moscow” – This hostel has a unique design in each room or dorm and has a shared dining area and bathrooms. If you are traveling with kids, you’ll be happy to know that the hostel has an indoor playground as well!

1.3. Arbat Street

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Arbat Street is famous for being the oldest pedestrian street of the Russian capital! Basically, this shopping street is our version of Times Square (although we still have a long way to go, so don’t expect too much!). You will find many bars, restaurants, tons of tourists, street artists, and souvenir stalls here!

Below you can find the best hotels located on Arbat Street for your stay:

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Luxury (US$160 and up)

  • Lotte Hotel Moscow – This is one of the best Moscow luxury hotels with spacious rooms and special touch panels to manage the lighting, temperature, and even the TV!
  • AZIMUT Hotel Smolenskaya Moscow – This is a fancy and great hotel in Moscow city located inside a 23-story building and whose executive lounge on the top floor will enable you to enjoy breathtaking skyline panoramic views of the city.

Middle-priced (from US$50 to US$160)

  • Pentahotel Moscow, Arbat – It is a pet-friendly accommodation with a great fitness center and terrace for the guests, and you can also ask for bike rentals on site and then go on a cycling adventure around Moscow!
  • Golden Ring Hotel Moscow – This is a great and modern hotel with elegant rooms and 2 fantastic restaurants with panoramic city views!

Budget (up to US$50)

  • PEOPLE Business Novinsky Hotel – It is a very good hotel located on the inside of a historic building that will leave you amazed by their spacious, comfortable, and modern rooms.
  • Jedi Hostel – This one is a wonderful hostel option, with every room having spacious “pods” with their individual lockers and a roomy shared kitchen on the property.

1.4. Patriarchie Ponds – Presnenskyi District

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The Patriarchie Ponds area (or “Patriki”, as we sometimes call it), located in the Presnenskyi District, is a great trendy neighborhood in Moscow – with its hip cafés and tranquil atmosphere, it is a lovely option for both families traveling with kids and for friends looking to go out and have some fun together at the end of the day.

It is very famous among locals, and it is growing in popularity for tourists too! It is also an interesting place to be at in the evenings during the summer, as all the Lambos parked around the area make it feel as if it were a true vanity fair.

If you want to stay in the Presnenskyi district, here are the best places I can recommend:

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Luxury (US$160 and up)

  • Hotel De Paris – It is an exquisite hotel whose Provence style and light-colored floral interiors will have you feel as if you were in a whole other country!
  • Design Hotel Sofit – This is a modern and stylish hotel with a terrace and shared lounge for all guests, and has air-conditioning in each room.

Middle-priced (from US$55 to US$160)

  • Hotel Begemot Mayakovskaya – It is a good choice for accommodation in the area with small but very comfortable rooms that also include a small fridge, a private bathroom, and a flat-screen satellite TV.
  • Design-hotel Tchaikovsky – This great accommodation has spacious rooms and modern furniture to make you feel comfortable and at home, while also providing the guests with  flat-screen TVs and air-conditioning.

Budget (up to US$55)

  • Gorod Patriarshie Hostel – It is a fun, special hostel with individual décor in each room but all very well kept and spacious enough to ensure the guests’ privacy and comfort.
  • CHEERS Capsule Place – This is a capsule-style accommodation in the city whose all rooms have air-conditioning; there’s a shared bathroom and kitchen, and also the amazing free Wi-Fi we all know and love.

1.5. Near Tretyakovskaya Gallery

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The area around Tretyakovskaya Gallery (our famous art gallery) is a charming, cultural and very calm neighborhood, perfect not only for travelers with kids, but also for both tourists and locals looking for a calm oasis area in the city!

Here are the best hotels I can recommend in the area:

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Luxury (US$160 and up)

  • Richter Hotel – This is a spectacular hotel in the area with a certain historic charm to the décor and charming shared areas that will have you forget you are near the city center.
  • Villa Kadashi Boutique Hotel – This is a true luxury hotel with impeccable conditions! The service is very high, all the rooms are delightful, and you will be at a 5 minute walking distance from the Red Square!

Middle-priced (from US$50 to US$160)

  • Balchug Viewpoint Hotel –  Located right next to the river, this is a beautiful hotel with allergy-free rooms, a closet in each one of them, and let’s not forget their off-the-charts views of the city from multiple areas!
  • Crowne Plaza Moscow – Tretyakovskaya – This is an elegant and classic hotel with spacious and modern rooms, and an amazing on-site steam sauna!

Budget (up to US$50)

  • Croissant Hotel and Bakery – This hotel has a unique and colorful personality among the property and even has an on-site café with delicious freshly-baked croissants!
  • Come Inn – It is a warm and simply decorated accommodation with spacious rooms, each with a closet and private bathroom, perfect to fit a low budget trip.

1.6. Chistye Prudy – Basmanny District

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This is a quiet side of the district, but it is still very close to the Kremlin!

If you want to find great nightlife and trendy restaurants, I suggest you go to this area – although it is good for families as well, because it is very quiet and peaceful at night.

My best recommendation for your stay is Myasnitskaya Ulitsa – the best street in this district, in my opinion!

Now let me share my recommendations in the district of Basmanny:

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Luxury (US$150 and up)

  • Brick Design Hotel – This is a hotel with catchy contemporary design and vintage pieces of local artists displayed along the interiors and which you can admire while curling up with a warm cup of tea.
  • Moss Boutique Hotel – It is a fancy boutique hotel in Moscow with air-conditioned rooms, an on-site restaurant, a great fitness center, and free bikes to help you move around the city.

Middle-priced (from US$55 to US$150)

  • Kitay-Gorod Hotel – This is a cozy hotel situated right in the heart of Moscow, about 100 meters away from the metro station, 50 meters from different bars and restaurants, and at a 7 minute walking distance from the Red square.
  • Loft Hotel H11 – The rooms are not big, but extremely comfortable and also with a very good location – this hotel is hidden between the narrow streets of the Kitai Gorod historical area!

Budget (up to US$55)

  • Aroom Hotel on Kitai Gorod – All I can say is that the rooms are amazing and the staff is super friendly. Moreover, this hotel is located not only in the heart of the historical part of Moscow called “Kitai Gorod”, but also on a great street full of lovely restaurants!
  • Mini-Hotel Old Moscow – It is a nice hotel with drawings along the walls replicating a city and decorated with a classic style; it offers the guests soundproofed rooms.

2. Not the center, but fast to reach the center

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The orange ring indicates the center of Moscow

In my opinion, the areas above-mentioned were the most convenient for tourists, but if you are booking late, you might end up not having that many good accommodation options, or you might find that the ones that are left are out of your budget.

But don’t worry, Moscow is super safe and the public transportation is one of the most efficient ones in the world, so you will still get to the Red Square and other attractions in no time (20-25 mins by metro).

By the way, I have a great post about Moscow Metro Tours, in which I also describe how to properly use the metro, so make sure to check it out if you think you’ll need it!

Again, you will be pleasantly surprised by how clean the city is everywhere. For this part, I only recommend accommodations that are very, very close to the metro, so by staying a bit outside of the main tourist areas, you will have more options to fit your budget!

By the way, I only chose the areas that have appealing points of interest, so you will still have some great things to visit around your accommodation!

2.1. Near Gorky Park (Hamovniki District)

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The lovely Gorky Park is the central and biggest park in Moscow, known to be a cultural and leisure spot for both locals and foreigners!

Today, the park is an eco-friendly recreational zone where you can find fun aerobics or salsa classes, an open-air cinema theatre, and more. Many exciting things happen there everyday during the summer –  big events (like festivals) take place here almost every weekend. During the winter, it turns into a 15,000 square meter ice rink for the entire family to have fun on! I totally recommend visiting it, regardless if it’s winter or summer!

FUN FACT: The name might sound familiar to you! This is because the park was also an inspiration to the Scorpions song “Wind of Change” and was also used as the main location for the American drama movie “Gorky Park”.

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Luxury (US$160 and up)

  • Tchaikovsky Hotel – This hotel is inside a historical building and the décor gives you a feel of being in a palace, while also offering a lovely on-site bar and air-conditioned rooms.
  • Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center – This Moscow accommodation has modern and classic-style non-smoking rooms, all with a flat-screen TV, a work desk, and a great city view.

Middle-priced (from US$55 to US$160)

  • Boutique Hotel Arbat 6 – This is a unique, family-run hotel with tasteful design and décor in each spacious room, all provided with big bathrooms and free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
  • Hotel Element – This hotel is only a few minutes away from the Kremlin and other popular attractions in Moscow, and offers its guests air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV and great free Wi-Fi.

Budget (up to US$55)

  • Boxtel Hostel – As the name suggestively says, you will pretty much be sleeping in a box or pod; these have individual lights and ventilation, plus two sockets to recharge all technological items.
  • Cheers Hotel – This is a great option when it comes to cheap hotels in Moscow with private rooms or pods in the dorms, spacious and comfortable enough to make you forget you are sleeping in a capsule-style bed.

2.2.  VDNKh

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Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva (VDNKh), which means something like “Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy”, is known as the big, famous soviet park used as both a trade show and an amusement park. The united park complex is composed by the VDNKh, Moscow Botanical Garden, and the Ostankino Park.

It’s one of the top attractions I recommend you visit in the city, which is precisely why I also mention it in my article on Things to do in Moscow – check it out for more ideas to add on your holiday plan!

NOTE: I did not find any luxury style hotels near the metro station here, but there are some great middle-priced and budget options for VDNKH:

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Middle-priced (from US$55 to US$160)

  • Derzhavnaya Hotel – This hotel has traditional and simply decorated rooms with bright and comfortable furniture and is located at less than a 5-minute walk from the VDNKh station.
  • Hotel Venera – It is an elegant yet classic-styled hotel that offers spacious rooms, all of which include a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and a minibar.

Budget (up to US$55)

  • Zolotoy Kolos – This hotel is only a 5-minute walk away from the metro station and has classically furnished rooms with a TV and fridge for all guests.
  • Yaroslavskaya Hotel – This hotel is in a green area and has bright lovely rooms with a classical styled décor that include a TV, a fridge, and a private bathroom.

2.3. Moscow-City skyscrapers complex (Presnenskiy District)

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Moscow International Business Center (MIBC) is also known as Moscow City, and is located on the western edge of the Presnenskiy District.

So, just to be super clear, you have the Moscow city (as in “the Russian capital”), and then you have “Moscow-City”, a complex of skyscrapers at least 300 meters high!

PRO TIP: By the way, for this area I recommend finding a hotel near the Vystavochnaya metro station.

If you want to stay in or around Moscow-City, here are the best places I can recommend:

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Luxury (US$160 and up)

  • Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre – This is a magnificent 5-star luxury hotel where you will feel like a celebrity and entirely at home at the same time, thanks to their individual climate control in each room.
  • Novotel Moscow City – This modern hotel is conveniently located in the city’s Business Center, and it also offers their guests charming and comfy rooms in the same building as the Afimall Shopping Center!

Middle-priced (from US$55 to US$160)

  • City Hotel 1905 – It is a comfortable and modern hotel with individual décor in each room, and they all include air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom.
  • Boutique Hotel on Mukomolniy – This is a hotel with small (yet very comfortable, I might add) newly refurbished rooms that include a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, and beautiful city views.

Budget (up to US$55)

  • Hotel Orange Expo – It is a compact yet comfy hotel with a warm décor and modern furniture to make your stay feel as if you were at home.
  • Deep House 1905 Hotel – This is a great accommodation in terms of budget, especially considering as the rooms come with individual air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen satellite TVs.

2.4. Novoslobodskaya Metro stop

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Although there is no specific point of interest in this area, it is still located on the ring – and it’s definitely my personal favorite area in the city!

I wholeheartedly recommend it because it mixes the touristic area with the residential side; it’s super close to the city center, while it’s not really the center. All the good restaurants and stores are a short walk away, and the area has everything you could think of, without being too touristy!

These are the best places to stay near the Novoslobodskaya Metro stop:

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Luxury (US$160 and up)

  • Holiday Inn Moscow Lesnaya – This modern hotel has soundproofed and spacious rooms in all shared and private areas, with free Wi-Fi and a fully equipped gym.
  • Novotel Moscow Center – This is a great hotel near the metro stop with high-speed Wi-Fi; all rooms include warm lighting and elegant wooden furniture to make your visit unique.

Middle-priced (from US$55 to US$160)

  • KANNA – This hotel is at a walking distance from the metro stop, so as to help you easily get to the local museums, and has good rooms with classic décor and great air-conditioning system.
  • Hotel Kirpich – It is a good accommodation option near the metro stop with spacious and rusticly designed rooms that offer comfort with their personal flat-screen TV and private bathroom.

Budget (up to US$55)

  • Hostel Hostelberry – This great hostel has spacious rooms for two and colorful dorms with many bunk beds, so it is an amazing option if you are looking for a place to meet people and also save some money while traveling!
  • Hotel Wood Street – It is a fun hotel that, as the name suggests, is decorated with wood, so you will not realize you are in the city; their comfortable rooms all come with a private bathroom.

NOTE: If you still did not find anything suitable for you in the suggestions above, an accommodation that is located in further away areas is still completely fine and safe, so don’t worry! The only thing is that it will take you a bit longer to get to the city center (around 40 minutes, if you are close to the metro). But if you choose to stay in a more residential part of Moscow, the good thing is that it will be considerably cheaper!


3. Hotels near railway stations

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The orange ring indicates the center of Moscow

Trains are Russia’s biggest transportation hub, which is why Moscow has no less than 9 railway stations. If you want to move around the country with the best transportation system, I highly recommend staying nearby!

NOTE: The railways usually get their name from their final destinations. So if you are going to Kiev, you should head to “Kievskiy vokzal”, if you are going to Kazan, then it is “Kazanskiy vokzal”, and so on.

3.1. Komsomolskaya Square (Kazansky, Leningradsky and Yaroslavsky Railway Stations)

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Komsomolskaya Square is one of the busiest in the city, and we call it “the square of 3 railway stations”!

PRO TIP: Please take care of your belongings there! This area is infamous for the numerous homeless people that inhabit it. However, the hotels below are very safe, so there is no need to worry about that.

I have chosen great hotels located in a short walking distance from all of these 3 terminals:

  • Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya (US$90 and up) – This is a modern and elegant hotel with unique décor and a great indoor pool and hot tub to relax in after a day of intense touristing. Every room has a 32-inch LCD satellite TV, a work desk, a private bathroom, and free Wi-Fi.
  • Avita Krasnye Vorota (from US$40 to US$90) – This hotel is a bit hidden from the outside; however, once you find it, you will fall in love with the interior décor, their spacious rooms, and the lovely room views of the city. And staying near the terminal will make your way around the city so much easier!
  • Nice hostel Komsomolskaya (up to US$40) – This hostel offers a very spacious common area, many showers, and a charming overall atmosphere. Just take a look at the pictures and you will want to book it! It’s also situated close to the railway stations.

3.2. Belorussky Railway Station

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The Belorussky Railway Station is a passenger terminal which, despite having been rebuilt, still keeps its original form from 1912. It’s big enough to have 7 platforms and 11 tracks. Their routes are mostly carried out by long distance trains and the local commuter trains including the airport express service.

These are the best places to stay near the Belorussky Railway Terminal:

  • Custos Hotel Tverskaya (US$140 and up) – This is one of the best Moscow 4-star hotels, where all the rooms have air-conditioning, a flat-screen satellite TV, a private bathroom, and a great seating area. The facilities on the property include an on-site restaurant, free Wi-Fi, and the option of family rooms, if you are traveling with the entire clan. It is 300m away from the train station.
  • Grand Hotel Belorusskaya (from US$110 to US$140) – This hotel is located extremely close to the Belorussky railway station and it has a very nice décor and look. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere is so pleasant. It is 300m away from the train station.
  • Seven Hills Brestskaya Hotel (up to US$110) – This one is close to the railway station, located right on Tverskaya Street. After only 7 minutes of walking (600 m), you’ll arrive at the train station – and if you walk for a total of 15-20 minutes, you’ll find yourself right in the Red Square.

3.3. Kiyevsky Railway Station

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Here are 3 great options to stay near Kiyevsky Railway Station (one per each price range):

  • Radisson Collection Hotel Moscow (US$160 and up) – This luxury hotel on a Stalinist skyscraper impresses its guests on both the outside and inside, with classic-style furniture, an inner courtyard, and with all its rooms having high ceilings. It is 1.1 km away from the train station.
  • Novotel Moscow Kievskaya (from US$50 to US$160) – This is a middle-priced accommodation option with comfortable rooms that include air-conditioning and a private bathroom. There is also a fitness center, a swimming pool, sauna, and hammam on the property! It is 100 m away from the train station.
  • Spikado – Hotel Kutuzovskiy (up to US$50) – This hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, a shared lounge, and, if needed, great family rooms. You are only a ride away from famous attractions, such as Gorky Park or the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts.

3.4. Kursky Railway Station

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Kursky Railway Terminal operates one railroad towards Kursk, Russia and one railroad for high-speed trains. Here are the best hotels I recommend in the area:

  • Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka (US$150 and up) – It is a great 5-star luxury hotel with a swimming pool and spa center to enjoy, and also easy access to cafés, restaurants and shopping centers. It is 700 m away from the train station.
  • Loft Hotel P12 (from US$60 to US$150) – This hotel offers small but comfortable rooms with private bathrooms and lovely garden views, a shared kitchen, and free Wi-Fi on the property. It is 700 m away from the train station.
  • Hostel DOM (up to US$60) – This spacious and comfy hostel will have you feel at home, especially while you’re making use of the shared kitchen and seating areas. It is 400 m away from the train station.

4. Hotels near the airport

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If you are stopping by Moscow as a transfer point between travels or simply if you need to catch an early flight, you might prefer to spend the night as close to the airport as possible.

The most important fact to mention here is that Moscow has no less than 4 airports! SVO is the biggest airport, but (because they are all international) you might be arriving or departing from any of them, except maybe from the ZIA Zhukovsky International Airport, which is relatively small, as it just opened in 2016.

So which airport you depart from is more related to the airline and the destination you are heading to next!

Below I will share some amazing, hand-picked hotel options near each of the airports:

4.1. SVO Sheremetyevo International Airport

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Sheremetyevo International Airport is the biggest out of the four main international airports in the city – and the busiest airport in all of Russia! By the way, did you know that it was built to be used as a military airbase and was then turned into a civilian airport?

These are the best places to stay near the SVO Airport:

  • Radisson Blu Hotel Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (US$110 and up) – Radisson hotels are very well-known around the world for their exquisite quality of service and wonderful rooms. If your transfer is in Sheremetyevo airport and you love having the best service, then this must be your luxury choice!
  • Holiday Inn Express Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (from US$65 to US$110) – This is a very good middle-priced, 3-star hotel where you will feel comfortable and where you will have great chances of relaxing during your transfer. Book this one if you want to stay close to the Sheremetyevo airport!
  • Sheremetievo-Transit Hotel (up to US$65) – Is a great budget option near the airport with free shuttle service for the guests and luggage storage space. Each of the rooms comes with air-conditioning, an electric teapot, a private bathroom, and a closet.

4.2. DME Domodedovo International Airport

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Domodedovo International Airport now serves as base to flights for some of the biggest companies, such as British Airways, Emirates, and Swiss International. Because these airlines have been moving their headquarters from one airport to another, Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo are now fighting over the first place in terms of the busiest airports in Moscow.

Below you can find the best hotels near the DME Airport for your stay:

  • Airhotel Express (US$120 and up) – This hotel is located right inside the airport, no need to go anywhere! The prices are not extremely high, so it can be a very convenient choice if you have a flight to catch from Domodedovo airport.
  • Hotel Aleksandriya-Domodedovo (from US$45 to US$120) – This hotel is situated outside of Domodedovo international airport, but it has a free shuttle bus that you can use! The rooms are very clean and comfortable, and the price is much cheaper, so if you want to travel but spend as little money as possible, I strongly suggest you stay here!
  • Air by DPH (up to US$45) – It is a nice budget hotel that offers free shuttle service to the airport and has an on-site garden that every guest can enjoy. All rooms come with air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and some rooms even have river views.

4.3. VKO Vnukovo International Airport

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Vnukovo International Airport is the third-busiest airport in Russia and also the oldest operating one.

If you want to stay near the VKO Airport, here are the best places to stay in:

  • DoubleTree By Hilton Moscow – Vnukovo Airport Hotel (US$130 and up) – This hotel offers an on-site SkyLounge with panoramic views, a Turkish hammam, an indoor pool, and a spa. All the rooms have air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, wardrobe, and free Wi-Fi.
  • Banniy Klub Shangri-La Vnukovo (from US$80 to US$130) – This is actually a luxury SPA center located near the Vnukovo airport. Saunas, a swimming pool, jacuzzi – what else in the world might you need, really?!
  • Hotel Rich (up to US$80) – Three words: nice, clean, comfortable. Situated only 5 minutes away from the Vnukovo International airport. All in all, a good price for a good quality!

4.4. ZIA Zhukovsky International Airport

moscow airport

Zhukovsky International Airport used to be known as the “Zhukovsky Airfield” and was mostly used as a USSR aircraft testing area. There is now a terminal which was made for low-cost flights.

Here are the best hotels I recommend in the area:

  • Villa Marybelle (US$50 and up) – With a private beach area right over the Moscow River, this beauty of a villa will have you forget you are near an airport. The facilities of this spacious and elegant villa include a living room that has a fireplace, and on the outside grounds there is a BBQ area.
  • Hotel on Molodezhnaya 5/1 (from US$25 to US$50) – This small Inn has a terrace and a bar on-site to enjoy the lovely well-kept garden. There is also a shared lounge and kitchen for the guests, and free Wi-Fi in all the areas.
  • Mini Hotel Salonka Garden (up to US$25) – It is a cozy house converted into a small inn, which makes you feel at home without actually being there. The area is well-known for hiking and skiing, so make sure to ask for the season activity rental equipment and have some fun!

What To Do in Moscow During Your Stay?

1 red square moscow

You may already know that Moscow is a huge city full of attractions, sights, and points of interest – there are always things to do in this city. Trust me – you will never get bored!

If you need some inspiration, I have a separate post about 18 Best Things Not to Miss in Moscow that you can check out.

P.S.: For more suggestions about Moscow, I advise you to check Moscowplaces.com; my sister Liliya runs this blog and, as the name suggests, it is all about Moscow! There you will find tips about places you shouldn’t miss, like food, parks, museums – in other words, just anything about Moscow!


Conclusion

This has been a very detailed article in which I talked about the best districts and neighborhoods in the city, so you can decide which is best for your trip to Moscow city!

For each of these areas, I have only shared the top hotels in Moscow, Russia, as based on amazing ratings and broken down by price category, so the options also fit every budget! I tried my best to make this post easy to follow and as useful as possible, and I am quite proud of how it turned out! You will never go wrong with an accommodation in this city any more! 😉

NOTE: When planning your trip, my main recommendation is to always book your hotel in advance, because the best places with amazing prices usually get sold out insanely fast!

Moscow is one of the most developed cities in the world – and it’s constantly changing and evolving! Now that I have shown you some amazing options on hotels, I suggest you check out my post about 18 Unmissable Things to Do in Moscow, so you can see how many activities and adventures await you in the city!

I hope this article was helpful for you!

May you have fun on your trip to Moscow, and if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I will gladly answer!

Yulia

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