Hotel Igumenskaya

Monastery in Valaam

Wood-panelled rooms inside the monastery with simple beds come complete with an icon in a corner niche. From the top of the main approach stairway, enter the first lilac-scented courtyard of the main monastery, turn right and press the buzzer at the third door. There’s no sign. Not the best ratio of guest numbers per shared bathroom. Mainly caters to pilgrims.