Even late at night locals line the bottom end of ul Traktovaya like hitchhikers, brandishing their ‘Жильё' (rooms) signs in hope. These sometimes turn out to be unacceptably basic homestays from R300 per bed – check standards before committing. Even if you turn up unannounced you’ll have few problems getting a room, even at busy times (July and August). This is probably the way to go in Arshan. Otherwise, try to book ahead at a guesthouse.