Murmansk hotels and hostels
Hotel Arktik Servis
Within a rather gruesome-looking high-rise tower block, this is not really a hotel at all, but each simple, very spacious serviced apartment could sleep a football team. Astoundingly good value compared to anything else in Murmansk.
Hotel Polyarnye Zori
An understandable favourite for Westerners, the Polyarnye Zori has efficient English-speaking staff, a pub, restaurant, nightclub, saunas, internet room and in-room wi-fi (free up to 150MB).
Hotel? Looks more like a Soviet bureaucrat’s office, and a KGB interrogation could be more fun. But with so little choice in Murmansk, you just might be desperate enough to take one of their ludicrously overpriced old cell-rooms.
Above the river terminal are four small but modern cosy singles, a double with private sauna and a pricier one with an inlet view (R4850).
The Meridian sees itself as a top business hotel. It’s neat enough and wonderfully central, but corridors are bland, beds narrow and the new furniture rather lacklustre given the price. A few R1900 singles have shared bathrooms.
A ‘house’ with six well-furnished minisuites seems to have been added as an afterthought to this modern fitness–medical–sauna complex.
The nearest Murmansk gets to budget accommodation, the Moryak’s quite passable repapered rooms have new if unlovely carpets and cheap new furniture. Frequently full.
Russlandia Polyarnye Zori Hotel
With efficient English-speaking staff, and facilities from travel agencies and business centre to restaurant, nightclub and two saunas, the Polyarnye Zori is understandably popular, especially with Westerners.
Hotel Ogni Murmanska
Overlooking the city from the eastern hills, this fairly classy place offers reasonable value, and while the location isn’t very convenient for town, the hotel does have its own ski slope.
69th Parallel Hotel
The rooms here have phone and TV, and some have balcony and fridge. The attached nightclub is popular. The hotel is about 10 minutes out of the centre by trolleybus No 1 or 6.
The small, modern, luxurious Valgalla is a fine choice if you have roubles to spare.
This three-winged multistorey landmark has remodelled business-class accommodation that approximates Western standards.