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Moscow is not cheap place to stay. The sort of small and simple hotels found elsewhere in Europe just don't exist yet. Nothing to add about gay hotels. Hotels in the cheapest price range are mostly gray places that were poor relations even in Soviet times. Note that the following prices are subject to fluctuation. All prices given include 20% VAT, and unless mentioned otherwise the 4% city tax is not included in the listed price.

PLACES TO STAY:

BUDGET

Rooms may have their own toilet, washbasin or shower, or you may have to use facilities shared by the whole corridor. Some places are clean, if musty, and even run to TV or a fridge in the rooms; others are decaying, dirty and smelly. In some cheap hotels you do have to take care with security. Prices range from $40 in Moscow to just $5 elsewhere.

MID-RANGE

These hotels are Soviet-era constructions and 20 years ago were about the best Moscow could offer. Their prices have been kept in check, and service standards pepped up a bit by competition from the wave of superior top-end hotels.This is the category where prices vary the widest.

TOP-END

Moscow's top-end hotels offer international standard comfort and service. Nearly all are new, or are older hotels that have undergone dramatic upgrading. Most are managed by Western hotel chains and you can book these easily from abroad. Businesspeople make up the overwhelming majority of the clientele. Expect satellite TV, international direct dial phones, air-condition, minibars and room service in very comfortable modern or modernized rooms, and a range of expensive restaurants, shops, bars and services. Many hotels have health clubs or exercise rooms with pool, sauna, massage and etc.

With the downtown in business travel to Moscow you should consider the prices as "soft" (from around $200/250 to $350/400).

HOTELS

ARBAT ***

Single $110, double $125, breakfast included. Small, cozy hotel in the Old Arbat area. Satellite TV, restaurant, bar, shop; buffet 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; 24-hour business center (244-7635) with Internet, e-mail, computer use, copying, fax and telephone services.
12 Plotnikov Per., 244-7635, M.(metro)Smolenskaya, hotelarbat@hotmail.com, koltso@online.ru. Cards: V, MC, AE, JCB, DC.

BALTSCHUG KEMPINSKI *****

Single or double $400 and deluxe $500 (not including VAT) rate upon request; discounts. Views of Red Square and the Kremlin. Boutiques, two restaurants, two bars, cafe, swimming pool, gym, fitness center and sauna. Business services (bcuser@dol.ru) available 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends with copying, typing, interpreting and translation services, computers, Internet and e-mail. New Year lunches and dinners closer to holidays.
1 Ul. Balchug, 230-6500, M. Novokuznetskaya, hbkm.moscow@kempinski.com. Cards: all major.

GOLDEN RING *****

Single $190, double $200, not including VAT; breakfast for an extra $20 per person. Good location. Three restaurants, three bars, boutiques, gym, Jacuzzi and video rental. Business services (725-0173/63) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with telephone and fax services, copying, typing, printing, TV and video equipment rental, translating and interpreting, computer rental, Internet and e-mail services, conference rooms.
5 Smolenskaya Ul., 725-0100, M. Smolenskaya, reserv@hotel-goldenring.ru. Cards: MC, V, AE, JCB, DC.

HOLIDAY INN MOSCOW - VINOGRADOVO ****

Single $144, double $156, includes breakfast. Gym, saunas, swimming pool, boutique, souvenir shop. Business services at reception, 24 hours: fax and telephone services, copying, printing, Internet and e-mail, computer rental. Casino and bowling.
171 Dmitrovskoye Shosse, 937-0670, M. Altufiyevo. himv@geocities.com. Cards: V, M, DC, AE, JCB.

IRIS ****

Single $175 Standard/$250 Executive Suite, double $193/$268; with breakfast. Modern hotel with swimming pool, sauna, gym, bar, two restaurants and six conference halls. Business center (488-8886, business.iris.moscow@co.ru) open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends. Fax and telephone, computer rental, Internet and e-mail, printing, copying and scanning, interpreting, translating, secretarial services, car rental, DHL service, meeting rooms, free hourly shuttle to/from city center from 7:30 a.m. to midnight.
10 Korovinskoye Shosse, 488-8000, 933-0533, M. Petrovsko-Razumovskaya, commercial.iris@co.ru. Cards: V, MC, DC, VE, AE, JCB.

KATERINA ****

Single $165, double $205, includes breakfast. Modern hotel with gym, Jacuzzi, sauna, beauty salon, library, two bars, restaurant and conference hall.
6/1 Shluzovaya Nab. tel. 795-2444
M. Paveletskaya, frontoffice@hotel.sweagent.com. Cards: all but Maestro.

KOSMOS ****

Single $40 for Russian citizens, $90 for foreigners. Double $40 for Russian citizens, $110 for foreigners. For foreigners the prices include breakfast. Located near VVTs, the All-Russia Exhibition Center, formerly VDNKh, with three restaurants and casino. Business center (234-1108) is open 24 hours with fax, telephone, computers, Internet, e-mail, copying. Translating and interpreting can be arranged.
150 Prospekt Mira, 234-1000/1212/11/37, M. VDNKh; htcosmos@dol.ru. Cards: MC, V, AE, DC, JCB.

LE MERIDIEN *****

Single $245, double $285; breakfast included. Picturesque location. Sports center (926-5919/24) with gym, swimming pool, saunas, two restaurants, five bars. Business center (926-5911 ext. 3569/3452) open "upon request" with telephone and fax services, computer rental, copying, secretarial services, translating and interpreting, computer assistance, Internet and e-mail.
Moscow Country Club, Nakhabino, Krasnogorsky region, 31 kilometers from MKAD, 926-5911; le-meridien@mcc.co.ru. Cards: V, AE, MC, DC.

MARCO POLO PRESNYA ****

Single from $210, double from $240; breakfast included. Well-located luxury hotel. Fitness center, sauna, Jacuzzi, pool tables, restaurant, two bars. Business center (244-3631 ext. 1136) open 24 hours with telephone and fax services, e-mail, Internet, copying, interpreting and translating, typing, computer rental, printing, postal services.
9 Spiridonovsky Per. , 244-3631, M. Mayakovskaya, marco_polo_presnja_hotel@co.ru. Cards: EC, MC, V, AE, DC, and JCB.

MARRIOTT HOTELS

Reservations 937-0055, reservations@marriott-moscow.ru.

MARRIOTT TVERSKAYA ****

Weekdays single/double $194 plus VAT and $30 breakfast; weekends single/double $149 plus VAT. Restaurant, bar, gym, sauna, Jacuzzi, souvenir shop. The business center (258-3000 ext. 6218, aosys1@co.ru) is open Sun. to Thu. from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fri. and Sat. from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Copying, Internet, e-mail, translating, interpreting, equipment rental, computers for rent, telephone and fax services, film developing, DHL post service, printing, secretarial services, meeting room, laminating, binding.
34 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya Ul., tel. 258-3000, M. Belorusskaya. Cards: EC, MC, V, DC, AE, JCB.

MARRIOTT GRAND *****

Single/double weekdays $250 or weekends $185, plus VAT and $30 breakfast. Deluxe $300. Executive $365, includes breakfast. Three restaurants, bar, gym, sauna, swimming pool, gift shop.
26 Tverskaya Ul., tel.937-0000, M. Mayakovskaya. Cards: EC, MC, V, DC, AE, JCB.

MARRIOTT ROYAL *****

Weekdays single/double $279 plus VAT; weekend $199 plus VAT, but with breakfast. Boutique, two restaurants, bar, gym, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, two saunas, shops. Transportation desk. Personalized butler service ($359 plus VAT including breakfast). Business center (aosys3@co.ru) open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends. Offers color copying, printing, computers for rent, fax, typing, translating and interpreting, Internet, e-mail, equipment for rent, audio and video equipment.
11/20 Ul. Petrovka, tel.937-1000, M. Tverskaya. Cards: EC, MC, V, DC, AE, JCB.

METROPOL INTER - CONTINENTAL *****

Single from $210 plus VAT, double $240 plus VAT. Historic hotel built in 1899, well located near Red Square. Three restaurants, several bars, nightclub, boutique, gym, sauna and dentist. Business center (927-6941/40) open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends, with fax service, copying, computers, Internet, e-mail, video recording, printing and typing, translation and photo services.
1/4 Teatralny Proyezd, tel.927-6000/6057, M. Teatralnaya, moscow@interconti.com. Cards: EC, V, MC, AE, DC, JCB, Maestro.

MEZHDUNARODNAYA *****

Singles $240, doubles $280, suites $280 and up. All prices include full buffet breakfast and sport complex access, but VAT is not included. Three conference halls, seven restaurants, shops and business center. Free shuttle service to city center.
12 Krasnopresnenskaya Naberezhnaya, 253-2287, M. Krasnopresnenskay or Ulitsa 1905 Goda, opmsk@wtc.msk.ru. Cards: all.

NATIONAL *****

Single $270, double $350, plus VAT. Historic hotel, built in 1903. Two restaurants, bar and casino, gym, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, two saunas. Business center (258-7182, business@national.ru) is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends. Telephone and fax service, copying, printing, typing, laminating, binding, editing and formatting, computers for rent with Internet, FedEx service, office space.
15/1 Mokhovaya Ul., tel.258-7000/54, M. Okhotny Ryad. Cards: AE, V, MC, DC.

NOVOTEL ****

Single $198, double $223 plus VAT, with breakfast. Free transfers to airport and city center. Swimming pool, sport center, two restaurants. Fax, e-mail and copying services, ask at reception.
Sheremetyevo Terminal 2, tel.926-5900, 20 minute drive from M. Rechnoi Vokzal. Cards: all but Maestro.

RADISSON SLAVYANSKAYA ****

Superior (updated) single or double $249. Standard single/double $189. Flexible discount system. Modern hotel with gym, aerobics classes, swimming pool, two saunas, three restaurants, three bars, cinema, shops. Business center (941-8427/8739, bcenter@mosbusiness.ru) open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. with copying (including large format copying with scaling), computer services, Internet, e-mail, printing, translations, telephone, fax.
2 Berezhkovskaya Nab., 941-8020, M. Kievskaya; www.radisson.com. Cards: V, MC, AE, DC, JCB.

RENAISSANCE (PENTA)HOTEL ****

Single/double $165, deluxe $300 to $595, plus VAT. Four restaurants, boutiques, bakery, cinema, sport complex with gym, pool, sauna, solarium, massage.
18/1 Olimpiisky Prospekt, 931-9000/9833, M. Prospekt Mira. Cards: AE, V, MC, DC, JCB.

SAVOY ****

Single $170 ($190 with king-size bed), double $210 plus VAT. Weekends o 20 percent discount. All prices include buffet meal. Located in the center of Moscow, with restaurant, two bars, sport facility/gym. Business center (929-8664) open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with secretarial services, printing, translation, copying, computer, e-mail, Internet, fax, telephone and meeting room.
3 Ul. Rozhdestvenka, 929-8500/8555, M. Kuznetsky Most. Cards: all international.

SHERATON PALACE HOTEL *****

Season price single $215/double $235, deluxe $270 including breakfast, plus VAT. Standard single/double $295, deluxe $320. Three restaurants, bar, boutique, gym, sauna, Jacuzzi. Business center (931-9700 ext. 135) open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends, with copying, fax, computer, translation.
19 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya Ul., 931-9700, M. Belorusskaya; palacehotel.admin@ns.co.ru, www.sheraton.com/moscow. Cards: AE, MC, V, EC, DC, JCB.

ZENIT-ROYAL ****

Two-block hotel. Single $148, double $168; with breakfast. Modern hotel with restaurant, bar, sport complex with gym, swimming pool and sauna, pool table. Horse riding for 200 rubles an hour during the day, 250 rubles after 9 p.m. Book for business center access: computer services, fax, printing, copying.
49B Tamanskaya Ul., 199-1511, M. Polezhayevskaya; 7 1st Liniya Serebryanogo Bora, 199-5825, M. Polezhayevskaya. Cards: V, MC, Maestro, EC, AE, DC.

BUDGET ACCOMMODATION IN MOSCOW

DON **

Budget hotel near VDNKh metro. Single 420 to 460 rubles, double 440 rubles, half-lux 600-900 rubles. Advance bookings recommended. Cafe-restaurant, small conference hall, sauna, barber and hairdressers. A business center (247-6274, ex. 5606, daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) offers copying, typing, interpreting and translation services, computers, Internet, fax, telephone and e-mail.
8 Yaroslavskaya Ul., Bldg. 4, 217-6786, M. VDNKh. Cards: none.

IZMAILOVO COMPLEX

This huge complex of 28-floor towers, built for the 1980 Olympic Games, is located 15 kilometers from the center near Izmailovsky Park. 71 Izmailovskoye Shosse, M. Izmailovsky Park.
Consists of the following hotels:

ALFA ***

Single for Russian citizens 432 rubles, foreigners $20. Double for Russian citizens 590, foreigners $30. Buffet 150 rubles, VIP 350 rubles. Bar and restaurant. Business center (166-6309, servburo@alfa.lvl.ru) is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. They offer printing, copying, computer services, Internet, e-mail, fax, telephone and laminating.
166-0145/0136/63. Cards: V.

BETA ***

Single, 516 rubles for Russian citizens and 618 rubles for foreigners. Double, 618 rubles for Russian citizens and 711 rubles for foreigners, VAT not included. Breakfast 70 rubles. Four restaurants and "some 10 bars," dentist service, three conference halls, bowling. Fax and copying.
792-9911/13. Cards: V, MC.

GAMMA ***

Single, 525 rubles for Russian citizens, $30 for foreigners. Double, 595 rubles for Russian citizens, $40 for foreigners, including VAT. Buffet $4; 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Four bars, restaurant, three cafes, sport club with gym and sauna. Bowling. Connected with Delta, where business center is situated.
166-3736. Cards: all major.

DELTA ***

Three standards of rooms: average, business class and first class. Average single rooms cost 525 rubles for Russian citizens, $36 for foreigners; double 592 rubles for Russian citizens, $40 for foreigners; half-lux 941 rubles single, 946 rubles double for Russians, $70 for foreigners single or double. Business-class: single 577 rubles for Russians, $50 for foreigners; double 742 rubles for Russians, $60 for foreigners; half-lux single 1,357 rubles, double 1,362 rubles for Russians; $90 for foreigners. First class: single 629 rubles, $60; double 846 rubles, $80; half-lux single 1,565 rubles, double 1,570 rubles, $100. Breakfast-buffet: 116 rubles for Russians or $4 for foreigners. Four bars, four restaurants, gym, sauna, casino, concert hall, bowling. Service Bureau and business-center (166-4345) open 24 hours with computers, Internet, fax, telephone, copying, mobile-phone rental.
166-4345, 737-7000, hotel@izmailovo.ru. Cards: MC, V, AE, JCB, DC

KIEVSKAYA *

Single 345 to 400 rubles, double 375 to 810 rubles. Soviet 1950s building; cafe.
2 Kievskaya Ul., 240-1444/5378, M. Kievskaya. Cards: none.

HOTEL ORLYONOK ***

Single/double $65. Hotel services include air-conditioning, bar, currency exchange, restaurants.
15 Ulitsa Kosygina, 939 8884/fax 095 938 2200, M. Leninsky Prospekt. Cards: none.

PRAKASH GUEST HOUSE

Single $25 with breakfast; double $40 without breakfast. Indian-run, with space for 70 guests. In-room meal service including some Indian vegetarian options. Visa support, tours, guides, airport transfers, air conditioning. English speaking staff. Business center (raleks@misa.ru) open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with fax and telephone services, computer rental, e-mail, Internet, meeting space.
83/1 Profsoyuznaya Ul., 334-2598, M. Belyayevo; prakash@misa.ru. No cards.

SAYANY **

For Russian citizens, single 180 rubles, double 300 rubles. All prices include breakfast. Hotel has restaurant, bar and gym.
11 Yaroslavskoye Shosse, 188-4485, M. VDNKh (take bus No. 172 to Fedoskinskaya Ul. stop). Cards: none.

SPORT HOTEL ***

Single $36; double $50. Hotel services include air-conditioning, bar, continental breakfast, currency exchange, parking (paid), restaurant. Room services include a refrigerator, telephone, and TV.
90-2 Leninsky Prospekt, reservations/front desk 095 737 6700/fax 095 737 6720, M. Prospekt Vernadskogo. Cards: none.

SPUTNIK ***

Single 830 rubles, double 950 rubles; with breakfast. Two restaurants, cafe, souvenir shop. Located southwest of Moscow, 4 kilometers from the center.
38 Leninsky Prospekt, 930-2287/4057, M. Leninsky Prospekt; hsputnik@dol.ru. Cards: V, MC. T

RAVELERS GUEST HOUSE

Single/double $36 with bathroom shared between two rooms, double $48 with bathroom shared between two rooms, single/double room with bathroom $54, five-bed dormitory, $18 per person. Budget accommodation with private rooms and a private bath or shared bath plus five-bed dormitory rooms. English speaking staff, airport pickup and transfers, city tours and guides, visa support.
50 Bolshaya Pereyaslavskaya Ul., 10th floor, 971-4059, fax 280-7686, M. Prospekt Mira; tgh@startravel.ru, www.iro.ru/index-5.htm. Cards. V, MC.

TSENTRALNAYA HOTEL *

Single with shared bathroom 325 rubles, including breakfast. 520 rubles with shared bathroom, 1,300 to 1,500 rubles with own bathroom. For foreigners price is 1.7 percent higher. Cafe.
10 Tverskaya Ul., 229-8957, M. Tverskaya. Cards: none.

TSENTRALNY DOM TURISTA ***

Single 600 rubles for Russian citizens, 900 rubles for foreigners. Double 800 rubles for Russian citizens, 1,150 rubles for foreigners. For Russian citizens, prices include breakfast. Bowling, nightclub, pool table, restaurant, bar. Fax and telephone services, copying and laminating services from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
146 Leninsky Prospekt, 434-9467, M. Yugo-Zapadnaya; cityhouse@cityline.ru. Cards: all but AE.

YUNOST ***

Single 590 to 690 rubles, double 690 to 790 rubles. Deluxe $52 to $75 including breakfast. "Euroclass" double, $95 to $115 including breakfast. Restaurant, cafe, bar, pharmacy, beauty salon, solarium, 400-seat conference hall.
34 Khamovnichesky Val, 242-4861, M. Sportivnaya. Cards: none.

ZOLOTOY KOLOS **

Single, 370 rubles for Russian citizens, 500 rubles for foreigners. Double, 400 rubles for Russian citizens, 700 rubles for foreigners. Cafe and bar.
15 Yaroslavskaya Ul., 286-2703, M. VDNKh.
Cards: none.

Now you can choose anything according to your taste, wish and budget. But first of all, that you will discover - the prices for stay are really expensive (you should be ready to pay 100USD for 1 night at three star hotel and more than 250$ at 5 star one). That is why tourists prefer staying in private apartments - a good alternative - they are several times larger, than any hotel number, cheaper, and privacy of your stay is guaranteed.