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Alexander House Boutique Hotel
Sennaya & Kolomna
Owners Alexander and Natalya have converted this historic building opposite Nikolsky Cathedral, styling each of the 14 spacious rooms after their favourite international cities...
Golden Apple Boutique Hotel
'Moscow's first boutique hotel'. A classical edifice fronts the street, but the interior is sleek and sophisticated...
Rossi Boutique Hotel
This fantastic new addition to the local hotel scene is a beautifully restored building on one of St Petersburg’s prettiest squares. The 46 rooms are all designed differently, but their brightness and moulded ceilings are uniform...
Bulgakov Mini Hotel
Arbat, Khamovniki, Dorogomilovo & Sparrow Hills
The classy rooms, graced with high ceilings and Master-and-Margarita-inspired art, are as good as it gets in Moscow for this price, especially considering the primo location. Just be careful not to accidentally book its woeful sister A La Russe Hostel...
Casa Leto Guest House
A dramatically lit stone stairwell sets the scene for this discreet and stylish boutique hotel. The Anglo-Italian owners have named the five guest rooms after famous St Petersburg architects...
Friendly and fairly cosy despite hypnotically over-patterned wallpaper, most of the Dvina’s rooms are decent-sized and almost all have water heaters (in other hotels centralised hot water is turned off in June)...
U Zolotykh Vorot
The 14 rooms at this sweet little hotel are spacious and comfortable, with large windows overlooking the activity on the main street – or a central courtyard if you prefer. The attached restaurant is popular with tour groups and hotel guests.
If this hotel were a politician, it would be called controversial. Some people praise it for modern comforts, proximity to the train station and free wi-fi...
Villa Lana Hotel
The most modern and modest of the guesthouses along ul Gagarina offers colourfully decorated rooms, plus a separate self-catering cottage. The hotel is owned by the tour agency Septima. They rent bicycles here for R500 per day.
Don Plaza Congress Hotel
Rostov on Don
Renovation has vastly improved the facilities and service here, although the rooms remain small and somewhat bland...
The tired old Baikal reinvented itself in 2006 and, following renovation, standards have rocketed. The 68 modernised rooms are arguably UU’s finest offering, and the central location overlooking the Lenin Head is unrivalled.
Big, brash and pricey, this recently built complex housing very comfortable international standard pine-clad rooms dominates the hillside above Krestovka.
In the same building as the Comfort Hotel, this is a slightly larger place of similar standards. Its furniture is similarly tasteless, especially in the ‘improved’ rooms where they’ve tried to be trendy...
Evoking the jet-set 1970s – in a good way – is this lovely retro hotel, isolated at the east end of town. Shag pile carpet and silky bedspreads add a luxurious touch to the rooms. There’s also a roof-top lounge bar and Jacuzzi.
New Star Hotel
Located in a new glassy tower with high-tech interior, which also houses a casino, this hotel has modern well-equipped rooms. The R1300 ‘economy class’ singles are most attractive for solo travellers, but they can be noisy.
This sleek-looking six-storey hotel represents good value at the midrange. The sizeable rooms feature clean lines, soft tones and LCD TV sets. Some upper-floor rooms have balconies with sea views.
Charmless, but central. Rooms facing the main road suffer from traffic noise.
The Spasskaya wins on entertainment, amenities and location and 9th-floor rooms have fine views towards the kremlin. Standard rooms don’t hide their Soviet pedigree but are larger and more pleasant than many equivalents elsewhere...
Ideally located opposite the trading arcades, this is the biggest midrange hotel in town. Its 40 rooms are all simply decorated and fully equipped with new wooden furniture and modern bathrooms...
Cats are the design motif of this appealing place, our favourite of the villas along ul Gagarina. There’s a sauna, a tiny swimming pool and a billiard room in the basement.
Vlad Motor Inn
The 35-room Vlad feels a world away from the often grim blocks of Siberian towns. It’s way outside the centre – 20km towards the airport – in the lovely, leafy outskirts near an OK beach...
This 19th-century manor house, once the residence of a merchant and philanthropist family, is now a welcoming inn with a nice restaurant, cosy library and wood sauna. Beware the 20% reservation fee.