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Moscow hostels: a place for a good company


Hostels appeared in Moscow comparatively recently and almost immediately became popular among students and budget travelers.

A lot of Moscow hostels can well compete with many hotels in both location and interior. Most of them are situated within the Garden Ring in the very center of the capital, close to all the principal places of interest and entertainment. This is the most sensible location and one that is most appropriate for young people: there is no need for extra expense in traveling around the city — all the most interesting places are within walking distance.

For example, Bear Hostels, the largest chain inMoscow, are all close to the Metro stations most popular with tourists: Mayakovskaya, Arbatskaya and Smolenskaya. In addition, these hostels have some excellent special offers — for instance, the “Night Tariff”: accommodation in a hostel from 11 p.m. to9 a.m. costs just 500 rubles. In fact, all the prices are more than reasonable: accommodation in a room sleeping 16 people costs only 450 rubles and in a room for four people — 1,000 rubles.

One of the best-known hostels and the largest inMoscowis Godzillas, opened in 2005 as the first independent hostel (i.e. with its own building). It is located in a historical prerevolutionary building and offers an extensive choice of rooms: private ones for one, two or three people and larger ones intended to accommodate between 4 and 10.

A very pleasant hostel for 26 visitors opened this year near Kurskaya Metro station. The spacious living accommodation of the Dom mini-hotel is divided into seven rooms: one is designed for a mixed group of ten people, but there are also rooms for four men or four women sharing and four double rooms. The cost of accommodation includes breakfast in a communal dining room, which is a point in the hostel’s favor — by no means all hotels provide this service.

Another hostel in the city center — iVAN — is a pleasant homelike mini-hotel with beautiful interiors. It offers accommodation in rooms for two, four and six people, a cozy sitting room with a large TV, a DVD player, Wi-Fi Internet access and a well-equipped kitchen where all the guests can cook the dishes of their choice, and morning tea or coffee is provided free of charge.

The Moscow Home-Hostel is renowned for its discount promotions — its prices, which are already not high, are reduced depending on the time of year. This mini-hotel also offers special rates for tour companies and groups of 10 or more.

Perhaps one of the most unusual alternatives is Fabrika,Moscow’s first art hostel, which opened last May (the owners were inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous art studio of the same name). It is located on the territory of Krasny Oktyabr (Red October) Business park, a center of attraction for fashionable young Muscovites, which in itself makes it a desirable place to stay, not to mention the fact that it is in the historic city center of the city, with a view of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and just a few minutes’ walk from the Kremlin. Fabrika’s aim is not only to offer refuge to the capital’s visitors, but also to entertain them — the art hostel regularly stages exhibitions and performances of various kinds. Besides that, there is an extremely tempting offer for creative individuals: artists who present their works to Fabrika’s gallery are accommodated free of charge.

It is very convenient that rooms in all the hostels can easily be booked through the Internet — reservations on-line or via Skype are now the most popular. In addition, many of them are registered in social networks that are popular with young people, where they can not only find more information or book a room, but also read other people’s reviews.