Best hotels and hostels in Northern European Russia

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Murmansk

    Azimut Hotel Murmansk

    Slap bang in the very centre of the city, the Murmansk branch of this international hotel chain boasts spotless rooms with underfloor heating and flat-screen, cable TV. The on-site, spacious two-room apartments are so comfy you might not want to leave. Stunning views of the city from the top floors – the highest in the entire polar region. There is also a good on-site restaurant, a lobby bar and a cafe where guests can get a daily free cup of coffee and a pastry. Also arranges free transfers to neighbouring Norwegian cities if you are heading that way.

  • Lodging in Kola Peninsula

    Teribersky Bereg

    Right next to the sandy beach, Teribersky Bereg offers eye-catching accommodation in red wooden huts. The cosy huts, which are open all year round, sleep four, and are great for early morning or late night beach strolls or swims. Teribersky Bereg also runs the nearby restaurant of the same name, with great views of the sea. Hosts can organise fishing trips, as well as travel into the surrounding Arctic wilderness.

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    Hotel Severnaya

    This forest-green, outwardly classy, neoclassical-styled hotel has 61 good-sized rooms, some of which have massive bathtubs. It’s central, modern and the staff are obliging. Ski storage and transport to Bolshoi Vudyavr ski station available on request.

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    Park Inn Hotel Polyarnye Zori

    This spotless business hotel has efficient, English-speaking staff, two bars, a restaurant, a nightclub with free blues gigs on Thursdays (winter only), a sauna for business room and suite dwellers and big buffet breakfasts. Rooms come with cable TV and underfloor heating in the bathrooms. The well-stocked souvenir shop on the 1st floor has some real curios. (Life-size Lenin model anyone?)

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    Hotel 69 Parallel

    A good midrange hotel of the type that northern Russia could do with far more of. With completely refurbished rooms and an unexpectedly classy boutique(ish) vibe, it's in a good spot if you’re coming for Festival of the North. Drawback: it's not exactly central; the nearest convenient bus and trolleybus stop is a 10-minute walk (trolleybus 6 and 10 also service the hotel).

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    Hotel Meridian

    This centrally located business hotel is tidy and the location is super-convenient, but beds are narrow and furnishings rather lacklustre given the price. There’s in-house bowling, though the rumbling bass from the on-site M-Club isn't entirely conducive to a good night's sleep. Ask for a room on as high a floor as possible if staying at the weekend.

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    Hotel Gornaya Dolina

    This orange hotel has bright and compact rooms and is ideal if you intend to spend a lot of time on the slopes at the nearby Kukisvumchor ski station. As well as ski storage space, there is also a kitchen, a washing machine and a clothes dryer for guest use. Buses 1, 104 and 128 (R50, 30 minutes) will get you here from the centre of Kirovsk.

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    Mini-Hotel Polar Circle

    Hidden in an apartment building, this small hotel consists of just a few spotless, compact rooms with supremely comfortable mattresses, a well-equipped guest kitchen and a good ratio of guests per shared bathroom.

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    Mini Hotel Diskont

    The mirrored ceilings in this basic but clean small hotel give an illusion of height, but if you’re over 5ft 5in, you won’t be fooled. Even the cheapest rooms are en suite but share a toilet, while in a suite you can soak in your own spa. Breakfast is included in suite prices.

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    Mini Hotel Rooms & Breakfast

    Compact rooms at this centrally located small hotel are spotless, en suite, high-tech and done up in soft pastel colours. Beds are comfortable, and there's underfloor heating. Tea and coffee are available around the clock, with freshly-prepared porridge for breakfast.

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    Hotel Ekkos

    This memorable ‘castle’ behind the Kirov statue may look a bit ramshackle from the outside, but the renovated rooms and four-person apartments tell a different story. Breakfast is available on request and there’s a communal kitchen for self-caterers.

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    KNTs RAN

    This basic hotel is connected to the local science institute and is a short walk from pl Lenina. Singles and doubles are en suite, with tired furnishings. Check-in is only available Mon-Fri, from 8am to 7pm, although the hotel itself operates 24/7.

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    Laplandia Hotel

    Overlooking the ridiculously wide central roundabout, this modern business hotel option comes complete with friendly, helpful receptionists and instantly forgettable decor in the spacious, comfortable en suites.

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    Hotel Gornitsa

    This unpretentious, family-style 17-room hotel is in fantastic shape. Winter visitors will appreciate the underfloor heating in bathrooms, and the presence of the sauna (from R600 per hour).

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    Ter

    A good-standard hotel with comfortable double rooms near the sandy beach. Has table-tennis and billiards for guest use, and the breakfast is tasty and filling.

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    Hotel Ametist

    Tired but survivable compact rooms. Pricier rooms have a fresher paint job, but not much else extra. There is also a sauna (R500 per hour) and a basic cafe.

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    Normann

    A friendly family-run hotel with basic, but comfortable rooms and a kitchen for guest use. Shared bathroom and toilets. The owners might show you some of their Leviathan props if you ask them nicely. Can also organise Barents Sea fishing trips.

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    Hostel Prichal

    Basic, clean cheapie with beds rather than bunks and friendly staff. Has a decent shared kitchen.

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    Hotel Nadezhda

    A converted flat with space for up to six guests, with shared facilities.