Alternatives to consider
if my apartment
(description ~ availability dates)
Alexandra's apartment 3 min. walk from Metro Alexeyevskaya (north-east, 4 stops from Metro Tretyakovskaya). It is, although much humbler, set up for the same sort of traveller as my place. Someone who looks for practicality and economy. The rate is $70/night, $400/week, or $1200/month. It is so cheap not so much because of its location, which is a prime business/banking area, but mostly its 70s decor and feel. Plus a bit of household clutter that can't be removed. Not in the next year anyway. Yes, a depressing place. Those staying here long tend to turn to Baltica No. 9 as their drink of choice. (See a review of Baltica No. 9 somewhere among my old Russian Misery Tourism© pages.)
View from the kitchen window. Looks better in summer but for an apartment that cheap I will not bother making a more appealing photo.
As of the moment of writing this (Nov. 2010) Alexandra's apartment it available only in summers but in foreseeable future it may be up for rent year round.
See full description of the apartment and the neighbourhood, made by me personally, with lots of photos
Basilica Hostel & Hotel Very close to my apartment, on the other (Kremlin) side of the Moskva river, with the Yauza/Kotelnicheskaya skyscraper as its closest landmark. I recommend the Basilica **Hostel** if you just need a cheap place to sleep. There are private rooms without bath there but the whole place is popular with young backpackers, with all the usual consequences. If you have $100-something per night to spend on accommodation, consider the Basilica **HOTEL** on the same premises. The hotel part was intended for dignified older western travellers who belong to or are interested in the Orthodox faith. A very different sort of public than the hostel crowd. No, being a church-goer is NOT a requirement. One of the rooms ("The Loft") is actually a detached building separated from the world's turmoil by 3+ foot brick walls. See www.sweetmoscow.com. The Basilica dubs itself as "Moscow's most charming hostel" and I fully agree. The nearest Metro station is Kitai-Gorod. Be prepared, however, to encounter indifferent Russian reception stuff. Don't expect them to rush to answer your e-mail enquiries. But given the rates and the location you can put up with a bit of Russian attitude.
SOON: MY OWN DESCRIPTION OF THE BASILICA >>
Yes, located within this old block, on church property
Speaking of Kitai-Gorod, a room is available from Dimitry Sharvin. Maroseyka, 5 min. from Kitai-Gorod, $20/night. Yes, $20/night just off Maroseyka! No roaches, and the plumbing works, and you get a room all to yourself. The catch is lots of household clutter and Dimitry's chain-smoking habit. Dimitry speaks fluent English and responds enquiries fast. See the description of Dimitry's place and the surrounding area on the the Rooms & Homestays page of my www.cheap-moscow.com project. Cheapness and authenticity enthusiasts will find several offers there in the $15-50/night range. The "standard" rate for a room is $25/night.
TEMPORARY OFF MY LIST. VALENTINA IS OUT OF THE COUNTRY AND I AM NOT ABLE TO RECOMMEND THOSE SHE LEFT TO MANAGE HER AFFAIRS IN MOSCOW. I LOOK FORWARD TO VALENTINA'S RETURN BUT FOR THE MOMENT HER OFFERS ARE SUSPENDED.
Valentina, a rising star on the apartment rental(and the Russian bride search)scene, has several apartments near Metro Belorusskaya. All of her places are decorated in the Soviet-era "apparatchik", "artistic", or "academic" style. I especially recommend Valentina to Russian bride seekers because her style, while nearly entirely passe in Moscow, is very much liked by provincial women. Valentina is surrounded by a cloud of Russian and Ukrainian women seeking western men, thus.. I've been working with her for years, consider herself to be my very close ally, and will always step in to assist should you need help communicating although Valentina is quite capable of handling simple enquiries in English. Valentina's page on my site>>
Valentina has a taste for imposing early 50s buildings, of which she has, at various times, from three to six. Detailed reports are coming up sometime soon. For now just write her with a copy to me.