Moscow is a huge city that offers a wide range of things to do and many places to visit. If you are planning a visit in this wonderful city, be prepared to be amazed by all its attractions! I have written a blog post about the things that you shouldn’t miss while being in Moscow during your stay. You can read it here.
I frequently receive questions about the best hotels to stay in Moscow, so I decided to make an article especially for this. I asked my sister who lives there to choose the best ones for you!
Where to stay in Moscow to have fun? Where to stay to explore the city?
If you want to go clubbing, explore the Russian pubs and nightlife of Moscow, then I highly recommend you to stay in the center of Moscow!
This is a also a great choice if you want to see the sights of the city, the historical center and maybe even go to the museums or take some tours! All the main attractions are located in the city center, all the museums, the Red square etc.
Hotels in the center of Moscow
There are hundreds of hotels in the center of Moscow and it might be very difficult to make a decision. I have chosen some good ones for you, the ones that I will always choose even for myself because I find them very nice.
This is where I want you to stay! The central area is the best! Trust me with it!
TOP LUXURY HOTELS in the city center:
This is an amazing 5-star hotel right in the heart of Moscow! As all the 5-star hotels, they provide the best services and the best rooms rooms out there, but Hotel Sadovnicheskaya is also located in an extremely good spot in the city center! 5 minutes of slow walk and you are at the Red Square! Do not miss your chance and book a room there!
This is a true luxury hotel with great conditions! The service is very high, all the rooms are extremely nice and you will be situated at 5 minutes walking distance from the Red Square! All the main attractions are right there!
LUXURY HOTELS in the city center (up to $500):
All I can say is that the rooms are amazing and the staff is super nice. The location is about 15-20 minutes away from the Red Square. However, this hotel is in the heart of the historical part of the city called Kitai Gorod and on a great street full of restaurants. You’ll also have a nice park nearby – Chistiye prudy – and it will be very easy for you to reach all the central sights if you stay there.
The designers of this hotel created this one with a loft style in mind, but they didn’t leave the comfort behind, so you can really enjoy your stay there. I find this hotel very interesting. The rooms are not big, but super comfortable. The location is good – the hotel is hidden between the narrow streets of Kitai Gorod historical area. The area is pretty quiet, but if you walk a few blocks away you will reach a lively Maroseyka street full of restaurants and bars. If you walk even further, in no more than 15-20 minutes you will reach the Red Square.
MIDDLE PRICED HOTELS in the city center ($120-$180)
This is a cozy hotel situated right in the heart of Moscow. 100 meters from a metro station, 50 meters from different bars and restaurants, 7 minutes walking distance from the Red square. The prices are very reasonable, too. Book it now before all the rooms are gone!
A small hotel located right near Moscow’s main street – Tverskaya street. You should know that there are a lot of theaters, shops and restaurants around. You can also take a 15 minutes walk to The Red square.
BUDGET HOTELS in the city center (below $120)
This is a very bright and colorful hostel. It has a large number of rooms, a nice common area and also a kitchen. Very good location, right in the Kitay Gorod – the historical part of the city. Plenty of pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes around. This hostel is also very close to Zaryadye Park and only 5 minutes away from the Red Square.
The Nereus Hostel awaits you with a very helpful staff and all the facilities that you might need. Good price for a good location. The hostel is situated at 3 minutes walking distance from the Red square, 1 minute from the metro and 1 minute away from Alexandr’s garden and Kremlin.
I bet this hotel is something that you never tried before! No words needed! You will get your own capsule like in the movies. In addition, the location is very good. 7 minutes walking distance from the Red square, 3 minutes from the lively streets full of clubs, bars and restaurants. You’ll find many attractions in the nearby area!
Hotels near the airports
There are four airports in Moscow:
Let’s see which hotels are good to stay in near each of these airports:
1. SVO Sheremetyevo International Airport Hotels:
Radisson hotels are very well-known around the world for their quality of service and wonderful rooms. There is a Radisson Blu hotel near Sheremetyevo airport. If your transfer is in Sheremetyevo airport and you love to have the best service, then this must be your choice!
Holiday Inn is a very good 3-star hotel where you will feel comfortable and you will have the chance to relax during your transfer. Book this one if you want to stay close to the Sheremetyevo airport!
If you want to relax and have a good rest, then this hotel is a very good choice. The prices are affordable and the service is good. The rooms are spacious and clean!
2. DME Domodedovo International Airport Hotels:
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 nice choice if you have a flight from Domodedovo airport.
This hotel is situated outside of the 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. I suggest you to stay here!
3. VKO Vnukovo International Airport Hotels:
This is actually a luxury SPA center located near the Vnukovo airport. I believe you will have the best transfer in your life if you stay there. Saunas, a swimming pool, jacuzzi – what else in the world you might need?!
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. ZIA Zhukovsky International Airport Hotels:
This is the only hotel situated near the new Zhukovsky airport. It’s not big, but it can accommodate plenty of guests. They even have their own garden and a playground for your kids. If you want to stay near the Zhukovsky international airport, click the link below!
Hotels near the railway stations
Here are the main railway stations in Moscow. If you are planning to visit other cities in Russia and take a train, you will for sure leave from one of them:
Here are my suggestions for good hotels near each of these railway stations:
1. Kiyevsky Railway Terminal Hotels:
This is not the closest hotel to the Railway station but, in my opinion, it’s really one of the best choices! This mini-hotel is located just one metro station away from the Kiyevsky railway terminal, right on the Old Arbat Street. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes there and, overall, it’s a nice area to spend a night or two. You can easily get to the Kiyevsky railway terminal for your transfer!
This one is an awesome choice if you want to stay in a very calm place, not far away from the railway station. This hotel is situated on a riverbank and you can have a walk around. The location is quiet, so you will have a very good rest between your travels.
2. Belorussky Railway Terminal Hotels:
This hotel is located extremely close to the Belorussky railway station and it has a very nice decor and look. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere is so pleasant. Go for it before all the rooms are fully booked!
This one is close to the railway station, located right on Tverskaya Street. After only 7 minutes of walking you’ll arrive at the train station, and if you walk for a total of 15-20 minutes you’ll be right in the Red Square. The area might be a bit noisy because of the cars, but just keep the windows closed and you’ll be fine!
What could be cuter than a hostel full of teddy bears? Quiet location, clean and comfortable rooms. Helpful staff. This hostel is also pretty close to the railway station.
3. Komsomolskaya Square Hotels (Kazansky, Leningradsky, Yaroslavsky Railway Terminals):
We call Komsomolskaya square the square of 3 railway stations – there are Kazansky, Leningradsky, Yaroslavsky Railway Terminals all in one. Convenient, right?
I have chosen some hotels for you that are located in a short walking distance from all of the 3 terminals. Please take care of your belongings there! This area is famous for homeless people. However, the hotels below are very safe, so no need to worry.
This hotel is very nice and comfortable. The rooms are cozy and the staff is very helpful and open to your demands. Situated close to the Railway terminals, this is the perfect choice if you want to have a good rest!
This is a small hotel near the railway terminals. Two words: quiet and clean. I think this is a very nice place to stay if you want to relax during your transfer!
This hostel offers a very spacious common area, many showers and a nice 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. Book now before it is too late!
4. Kursky Railway Terminal Hotels:
Agios Hotel will offer you a comfortable stay in a nice and calm neighborhood. If you are looking for a place to stay near the Kursky railway terminal, I would suggest you to book this one!
In a few words: comfortable beds, convenient location, spacious room. Very close to the Kursky railway station (ony a few minutes away if you walk). Book this one if you want to stay close to the station!
NO HOTELS LEFT?
If you cannot find anything and all the suggested hotels are fully booked, you can try Airbnb. But make sure that your host will register you there.
TIP: I have a €29 discount that you can use on your first booking – click here
There is an important downside of using Airbnb in Russia and that is the reason why I strongly suggest booking a hotel. By Russian law, every foreigner is supposed to register in an Immigration office on the day (!) of arrival. If you stay in a hotel, you won’t need to worry about it – they will take a copy of your passport and fill in all the papers for you and bring it to the FMS (Federal Migration Services). The truth is, hardly any Airbnb host will do it for you, so it is your responsibility to take care of this and spend your own time in the huge bureaucratic machine of Russia. Once registered, they will give you a registration slip that you need to save until you leave the country. You will be fined if you don’t have this paper when you leave the country, so it is better to be safe than sorry.
I understand this is really inconvenient, I also do not like this rule at all, but my duty is to warn you about the consequences!
What to do in Moscow during you stay?
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 the city. Trust me – you will never get bored!
I have a separate post about 18 BEST THINGS NOT TO MISS IN MOSCOW that you can check out if you need some inspiration.
For more suggestions about Moscow, I advise you to check Moscowplaces.com, where you will find tips about places you shouldn’t miss, food, parks and just anything about Moscow!
I hope you found this article useful and you were able to find something good and fitting your budget.
Have a great time at the matches and do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!
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