Moscow Budget Hotels and Hostels
$70 and under, sometimes much under, for a double)

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Best Eastern Eridan
Balaklavsky Prospect 2, Moscow I 113639
Around $60-70/night
Close to the Moscow State University

Vostok Hotel
9, Moscow, Russia

Phone: +7 (0) 954 822 64

Mozhaiskaya Hotel
165 Mozhaiskoye, Moscow, Russia

Phone: +7 (0) 954 473 434

Sevastopol Hotel
Bolshaya Yushunkaya 1a, Moscow, Russia

Phone: +7 (0) 953 180 918

Altufyevskoye Shosse 2
(095) 401-99-84, 401-41-83, факс: (095) 401-84-39, 401-50-34
Rooms start at $25-30, 20-30 min. drive from Sheremetyevo

$35-90. Stalin Skyscraper building near Leningrad, Yaroslavl and Kazan stations.
975-3032/1815. Of "off the beaten track" attractions you would be close to I will mention the Preobrazhensky Farmers Market and the Sokolniki Bicycle Market (almost within walking distance east). The Vernisage Arts and Crafts market will also be easy to access.

Ul Tverskaya, Moscow, Russia

Phone: +7 (0) 952 991 213

Have you been to Minsk (think Belarus, Lukashenko)? That's one place where I didn't feel like getting off the train. The entire population has this 45 tired of life look. Well, that's what this hotel is like too. It is cheap. There are rumours that a single room can be had for $20 but $30-40 is probably more realistic. A lousy place but great location on Tverskaya, considered Moscow's main street.
299-1213/36/49 but I would be surprised if they responded

Near the National Exhibition
Said to have all the basics, including on-duty interpreters and e-mail.
 8 Yaroslavskaya Ul., Bldg. 4,
Lots of hotels in that area, mostly occupied by small-scale traders.

J.K. Guest House
Borisa Galushkina 9/2, 2nd floor, 286-2111
Should be inexpensive, judging from the area near the National Exhibition grounds.
(list under bed & breakfast)

G&R Asia Hostel
Zelenodolskaya 3, 378-3392, 378-0001, 378-2866,
10th floor (or is it 15th??) is occupied by a hostel with $16/night beds. Rooms can also be rented from the hotel itself. Another advantage of G&R is visa support and tickets. They are cheap and don't pretend to be anything but. Recommended. (bed and breakfast)

Leninsky Prospekt 1/2
959-8157, fax 238-2539

721-3322, 792-9911/13, fax 792-9912, 956-0506, 166-3736, 166-4127, 166-0145/0136/63, 166-3736, 166-4345, 737-7000
For a spontaneous visit to Moscow Izmailovo is perhaps safest bet. It is truly huge and something will nearly always be available. The hotel complex rented floors out to private operators which play with prices and compete among themselves, so you can often get a real deal there. This hotel caters to Russian business travellers and thus tends to have lots of vacancies and low prices on weekends and holidays. It right next to the "Vernisage" arts/crafts/flea market, and very near a metro station (Izmailovsky Park). On the negative side it is huge, impersonal, and security is a nuisance. $25-60 for a double. Try the staff cafeteria, with quality food, including lots of vegetarian options, where you can stuff yourself silly for $4-5.

Selskokhozyaystvennaya 15/1
I heard rumours that if you know how to approach them you can have a whole room for $15. To be checked.... Cheapest price given over the phone for two was 1400R or $45, including registration. - Hotel reservations, may be able to arrange something in the "budget" range, eg. hostel for under $30. Other standard tour agency services: tickets, invitation and visa support, registration.

Tramp Hotel
Also check the Tramp hotel at Selskokhozyaistvennaya 17/2, building 7, and several other hotels in the same area. If everything seems booked and you want to be sure of getting something decent and budget, go either to Selskokhozyaystvennaya (Metro. Botanichesky Sad) or to Izmailovo (Metro Izmailovsky Park), and you'll have a roof over your head for under $40. But first check my Dutch Loft option.

Travellers' Guest House
They specialize in backpackers and their biggest attraction is the traveller hangout atmosphere. They do  have a couple of rooms for $45-60 so I'm listing them here under hotels too. Located in a typical residential neighbourhood with panel buildings, cement fences and other attributes of late 60s Moscow. 
Bolshaya Pereyaslavskaya 50, 10th floor, 971-4095, e-mail, URL 

Smolenskaya 8
Convenient location on the Garden Ring near the Arbat area. Getting a room there for $60 is realistic. The place is slightly on the crazy side, stories available on request
on the way from the airport, but the price is right for the location. They have conference rooms and the location is good for that purpose.

127550 Dmitrovskoye Shosseh 27 kor. 1, Metro Temeryazyevskaya 700m, 30-40 min. from Sheremetyevo.
977-3155, 977-4777
Heard that it is fairly cheap, if the location does not bother you. Really I can't think of any attractions that way.. (May 2003: a group of 5 can stay there for $12-15 per person, the cheapest double is $45, and the cheapest single is just over $30). Breakfast included. Another advantage is that they

Pervomayskaya Nizhnaya 77
Probably on the cheap side. Izmailovo is the neighbourhood made famous by the fact that I spent the first 16 years of my life, very near to a nursing college where I enrolled after grade 8 with the intention of becoming a doctor.  I'll look into the particulars shortly.... and I did and it was a disappointment as the cheapest single is around $50.

Leningradskoye 61, unit 3
I have an impression it is on the economy side. It is close to the Sheremetyevo airport, if you just need a place to stay between flights.... Told over the phone that the rate is 300R ($10) per hour and foreigners are NOT accepted.

Varvarka 6
$50-90, great location right by the Red Square, if you are not bothered by the fact that 16-17th century neighbourhood was bulldozed to make way to this architectural monstrosity. Also you will receive calls from prostitutes at night, but you can't invite your own guests. Well, you can if you go to the security office in the North Wing, then to the Director's office on the 2nd floor to have a stamp put on your pass, then to the Notary Public to have it certified etc. etc. But the price for the location makes this hotel hard to beat. I take my
Misery Tourism guests there to contemplate groups of elderly Americans in white running shows and pink wind-breakers.

Rossiya is a few steps from us, so before getting a room there do check if our apartment is available. If you a backpacker in need for $25/night accommodation, check if the Dutch Loft is...

Selskokhozyaistvennaya 17/2
Unconfirmed but probably true rumours that it is extra cheap. Near the National Exhibition Grounds.

Kutuzovsky 2/1
$60 for a double with some luck. Those prone to claustrophobia attacks  stay out of this Stalin imperial style edifice.  In the Homestays and Bed and Breakfast section of my Accommodation list you should find a link to an invitation from a fellow who has a luxury apartment in this very building and I think he charged $25 per person, which is superb if you need to stay for one or several nights... Actually, here he is.

Sheremetyevo 1
To be checked

Sheremetyevo 2
753-8094, 578-5735
Their sign above the exit gate of Sheremetyevo 1 proclaims "Comfortable rooms with all conveniences starting $30/night"

Yunost ("Youth")
$20-70. Has a conference hall. Location: 34 Khamovnichesky Val, Metro Sportivnaya. Near the Moscow State University, Novodevichy Convent. Tel. 242-4861

Zolotoy Kolos ("Golden Grain")
Under $30, 15 Yaroslavskaya near the National Exhibition Grounds and apparentluy build to house agriculture professionals. 286-2703.

"Boutique hotel" type
50 Ozerkovskaya Naberezynaya (Quay)
951-9753, 951-9582 (switch), 959-2406
Rooms start at $100+ but I'm listing it anyway because it is in my neighbourhood and because Ozerkovskaya is one of these new private cozy hotels that are popping up all over Moscow and because they have not yet made it into directories. 50 rooms, and seem quite cozy and "European" at the first glance. Also they some times have discounts, and getting a superb room for two for $70 is realistic. THE DISCOUNT IS ON NOW - MAY 3, 2003   GOOD FEEDBACK SEVERAL TIMES

Note: They cater to business travellers and thus tend to have room on weekends!!!

This hotel seem to cater to the Kievsky Market traders, and the square in front of the hotel is where I take people on my Moscow-the-Ugly tours (see
Russian Misery Tourism). The price, however, is under 500R ($15-17), and the location is pretty good, near Kutuzovsky Avenue, close to Radisson-Slavyanskaya and Ukraina. Tel. 240-1444/5378. Nearest Metro station: Kievskaya.   April 10/2003: 700R ($23) given a room and registration for two persons. Very little in the way of conveniences and the immediate surroundings are scary but the area on the whole is superb.

Orlyonok ("Little Eagle")
Rates around $60-70. 15 Ulitsa Kosygina, in the Moscow State University / Sparrow (Lenin) Hills area. Not far from the center but a quiet green area, great for joggers.Tel. 939-8884, fax 938-2200. Nearest Metro: Leninsky Prospekt

Prakash Guest House
Single $25 with breakfast; double $40 without breakfast. Indian-run. Travel support services: invitations, guides, airport rides. Has a business center. 83/1 Profsoyuznaya Ul., 334-2598, Metro Belyayevo. E-mail: South end, good access to the Domodedovo airport, also Vnukovo.  (copy to Hostels / Bed and Breakfast)

Heard that a double room is 300 including breakfast but that doesn't sound possible.
11 Yaroslavskoye Shosse (not far from VDNKh, or the Exhibition Grounds), tel. 188-4485.  Take bus No. 172 from M. VDNKh to Fedoskinakskaya Ul.. Maybe that explains the low price.

Sport Hotel
$40-50, 90-2 Leninsky Prospekt. tel. 737-6700, fax 737-6720, M. Prospekt Vernadskogo. Easy access to Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports. 

$30-40, 38 Leninsky Prospekt (easy access to the Moscow State University, and the Vnukovo and Domodedovo airports). Tel. 930-2287 and 930-4057. M. Leninsky Prospekt, e-mail 

Travellers Guest House
Bolshaya Pereyaslavskaya 50, 10th floor, 971-4095, e-mail, URL This is a hostel that caters to backpackers. Bed in a room of shared by 4-5 people around $20/night, a private room may be available for $40-50. Lots of travel resources, traveller hangout atmosphere, close to Leningrad, Kazan, and Yaroslavl train stations. [copy to Bed & Breakfast]

$20-50, as central as it gets, 10 Tverskaya ul, tel.  229-8957. 

Central House of Tourist
$20-35 with breakfast. Business center. Easy access to Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo, Moscow State University. 146 Leninsky Prospekt, 434-9467. E-mail 

Zarya ("Dawn")
1000-1100R ($30-35) for 2

Hotel of the Academy of Medical Sciences
1000-1100R ($30-35) for 2

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