The Bascilica Hotel is in a great location and the staff are extremely helpful. For the price you pay, it's well worth booking this hotel for your stay in Moscow.
However, there are a few little white lies they say on the website that you should be aware of...
The back yard is not a beautiful oasis, yes there are flowers, but it's also a dumping ground and workshop for the maintenance team.
It is the best part of 30 minutes walk to the Kremlin/Red Square, if the weather is hot.
All rooms do not have WiFi; the first 'superior' room we were given was in the courtyard block and had no wardrobe, or any other furniture for that matter, apart from the beds and the view from the window was a wall. The second room we moved to was in the main block and 100% better, with two windows and storage - it turns out that the only place you can get WiFi is in the courtyard block!
I hope you enjoy your stay, we did.
My boyfriend and I traveled to Moscow for a weekend getaway and we could not have asked for a better location than this hotel. It is a basic hotel, but with all of the necessary amentities to make your stay enjoyable. Location is key in Moscow as the cold is something incredible in the winter months and having a short walk to all destinations is key. It really is a 5-10 min walk to the red square and all bars, restaurants, shopping and metro stations. I reccommend one hundred percent!
"Excellent Hostel, short walk away from the Metro"
I can fully recommend this hostel, I would stay here over and over again. Upon my arrival (at 4am, I'd like to add) the host was incredibly welcoming and friendly, she was very patient with my (slow and broken) Russian sentences and showed me to my room. Now, this room was amazing. It was a bunk bed and whereas for the price you'd think it would be like sleeping on hard wood, in fact it was even more comfortable than my bed at home! The bathroom on the floor I was on (room 25) was a bit cracked around the edges but still perfectly useable and the hostel comes equipped with a mini kitchen which is really useful! The Metro station is a short walk away and from there you can get to various parts of Moscow. There is a map (in English!) at the front desk so that you can work your way around the relatively easy metro system.
When my friend arrived, our host had no problem letting us share a room, there was no fussing around and she let us keep our bags in a room on the day we left so that we didn't have to lug them around Moscow.
I can't praise Kalinka hostel enough, the rooms are comfortable, cosy, warm (which is very important in Autumn in Moscow!) and the people who run it are lovely. Can't wait to go back!
For those of us who are internet addicted, the Wifi is really fast too ;)
For the price you pay you certainly get more than your monies worth ! It was a nice place with very nice people . Just a bit tricky to find the first time.
Very close to attractions,metro and helpful staff; over all nice place to stay.
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