Where to sleep, hotels and accommodation Russia
Almost all establishments, even the most modest, are able to provide you with the invitation necessary to obtain a visa (we are talking about "Visa support"), for a cost ranging from ... 0 € (rare, but it happens!) to 40 € per person.
Most, too, can register you with the police, for a fee for youth hostels and other small addresses.
Where to sleep in Moscow?
Good news: in the space of a few years, the hotel landscape has changed in Moscow. Gone are the days when the only accommodations available were huge concrete bars at the "Soviet" reception with a babushka at each level to monitor your comings and goings. Of course, Moscow did not become a budget paradise with a wave of a magic wand, but inexpensive and mid-range addresses have flourished. With the competition, the service has improved dramatically. Finally, most often, you will find someone there who speaks English or who is able to get used to this language.
Finally, for the nostalgic, there are of course a few places left to relive the Soviet thrill. Most, now renovated, have the merit of being very functional and at reasonable prices. As for the international chains, they have now taken over most of the city's big hotels.
Private youth hostels
The godsend of small budgets, especially as most of these "AJ" are very central. These are fairly recent establishments installed in apartments whose rooms have been transformed into dormitories or private rooms (with or without private bathroom). The atmosphere is more or less backpacker depending on the address.
In terms of comfort, it's very variable but almost always very clean. The downside remains the limited number of toilets. Usually there is a fully equipped kitchen available, with unlimited tea and coffee.
Rental of studios or apartments
A formula that costs € 80 per night and accommodates several.
Agencies that offer such rentals.
- Tsar Voyages: This French-speaking agency can organize your entire stay, but also your accommodation with locals.
- Eurofamily: This French-speaking travel agency can organize your stay in Russia from A to Z, but we can also, through them, only book a stay with locals. They then take care of the invitation (for obtaining the visa) and registration.
- HOFA: CréPétersbourg offers homestays and apartments in Moscow and 60 other cities. Wide choice: more or less near the center, with or without breakfast, with hosts who speak French, English, Italian or Spanish or in an apartment (without hosts). Various services also (prices on request): tourist invitation, guides, car rental with driver, Russian lessons ....
It is a relatively uncommon form of accommodation in Moscow, but it does exist and is very affordable. On the other hand, often basic comfort, generally expect (even if there are more upscale addresses) to be housed in a suburban apartment with Soviet decor, and to share the owner's bathroom. But hey, it's also a good way to get in touch with Russians, if they speak English or you Russian. As for the apartments, need to go through an agency (see above).
- hôhô, which is not the case with large hotels, which, with the exception of palaces, are often scattered around the outskirts.
The city now also has many Independent AJ (hostels), which is good news because, in general, hotel prices remain high for the service provided.
Finally, be aware that the high season goes roughly from May to September, with a big peak in June, month of the famous "white nights".
It is also possible to stay with the locals. It is a relatively uncommon form of housing, but it does exist and is very affordable. On the other hand, often basic comfort, generally expect (even if there are more upscale addresses) to be housed in a suburban apartment with Soviet decor, and to share the owner's bathroom. But hey, it's also a good way to get in touch with Russians. As for the apartments, need to go through an agency (see above).