Where to Stay in Moscow – What You Need to Know

Moscow is the second most populated city in Europe, right after Istanbul. The Russian capital is famous for its trade, politics and for keeping certain airs of the former Soviet Union.

Where to stay in Moscow - Best areas and hotels

Where to stay in Moscow – Best areas and hotels

Moscow is located on the banks of the Moscova River, in the western part of the country, mixing some of the decadence of past Russia with the modern metropolis of today.

The wide sidewalks and large skyscrapers make it the ideal city to wander. The Tverskaya and Kutúzovski streets, combined with the Leninski and Leningradski avenues, is the home to prerevolutionary buildings such as the Kremlin, the Red Square, and St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Moscow is a city of true extremes and its weather proves it. The winter season seems to last forever, with streets covered in snow almost all year round, while March brings a wet and nostalgic spring until the arrival of summer when Moscow shows its warmest version.

Transportation is not a problem, whether by air, sea or land, the Russian capital remains well connected, taking advantage of its three international airports, the modern metro, and the boat terminals. If you choose to walk around, you must have a map at hand, hire a guide or, at least, have a well-located accommodation.

Mosco’s downtown neighborhoods are easy to spot, they are located in the heart of Moscow, close to attractions, restaurants and train stations.

If you want to explore the history of Moscow, Tsentralny, with excellent transport options, is for you (See accommodation in Tsentralny). If you’re looking to explore Moscow’s cultural scene, Basmanny is the perfect choice for you (See accommodation in Basmanny).

This is a list of the best places to stay in Moscow, Russia.

Best areas to stay in Moscow

Best area: Tsentralny

Tsentralny’s official name is Central Administrative District of Moscow, made up of the central districts and the third ring of the city.

This district is known for the Red Square, an important part of the historical-cultural legacy of Russia; with a reddish tone of the walls that give it its name. The best way to witness the square is with a night tour, to avoid lines and fully enjoy attractions such as the Kremlin, the Lenin Mausoleum, the Basilica of St. Basil, the Kazan Cathedral and the History Museum.

Tsentralny is a greatly connected area of Moscow, with nearly 8 train stations and a large number of bus stops. Taking a taxi, although expensive, is also a great option for visitors.

Accommodation in Tsentralny is exclusive and, therefore, costs are high. However, you can find good deals for hotels during the low season, as long as there’s not an important event happening at the time.

Best neighbourhoods to stay in Moscow - Tsentralny

Best neighbourhoods to stay in Moscow – Tsentralny

Moscow - Tsentralny - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Moscow – Tsentralny – Click here to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Centre of the city
  • Historical buildings
  • Red Square
  • Great public transportation
  • Best area for visitors

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    National Hotel is located just 200 meters from the Red Square, it offers views of the Moscow Kremlin, a free spa with an indoor pool and a rich breakfast buffet with international dishes.

    Budget Option

    Weekend Inn Apartments is a 3-minute walk from the Novokuznetskaya Metro Station and a 15-minute walk from the Moscow Kremlin. It offers air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV. – from £45 .

  • Midrange Option

    Kyznetskiy Inn Hotel is located in the center of Moscow, just a 2-minute walk from the Bolshoi Theater. Kuznetsky Inn features free WiFi and a 24-hour front desk. The rooms have an elegant and classic décor with interiors in warm colors. They all have air conditioning. – from £89 .

  • Luxury Option

    Four Seasons Hotel Moscow is located in the historical building of the Moskva Hotel, in the very center of Moscow, very close to the Kremlin, the Red Square and the Bolshoi Theater. There is also free WiFi. – from £366 .

 

 

 

Basmanny

Basmanny extends to the northwest of Moscow, covering a part of the center within the radial limits of Vorontsovo Pole Street and Novaya Basmannaya Street.

This district is an entertaining corner of the capital thanks to its museums, cultural venues, the modern theater, the concert hall, the cinema, the park and the gallery.

You can tour get to know Basmanny by walking, or you can hop on a train since it has stations throughout the entire district.

The most expensive hotels are those near the center of Basmanny, so the best way to reduce expenses is to stay inside the district or even to the far right of it.

Basmanny is one of the best areas to stay in Moscow if you want to immerse yourself in the culture of the Russian capital and get familiar with the artistic movement that this city has to offer.

Best districts to stay in Moscow – Basmanny

Best districts to stay in Moscow – Basmanny

Moscow - Basmanny - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Moscow – Basmanny – Click here to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Entertainment
  • Cultural attractions
  • Connected through train
  • Pedestrian friendly

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Mercure Moscow Baumanskaya Hotel is located in Moscow, just 350 meters from Baumanskaya Metro Station. The accommodation is also located just 2 metro stops from the Kremlin and the Red Square. Free WiFi is available. – from £105.

  • Budget Option

    Denisovsky Dvorik is located in Moscow, 3.6 km from Olympic Stadium, it offers free WiFi access and private parking. The rooms have a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom. – from £45.

  • Midrange Option

    Hotel Bonjour at Kazakova offers free Wi-Fi access and is located in the center of Moscow, just a 10-minute walk from the Kurskaya Metro Station. The Red Square and the Kremlin are only 1 metro stop away. – from £73.

  • Luxury Option

    Standart is located in the center of Moscow, a 2-minute walk from the Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya and Chekhovskaya metro stations. It has a spa and wellness center with a hammam, sauna, plunge pool and massages.- from £258.

 

 

 

Arbat

Arbat is one of the districts that make up the center, starting on Mokhovaya Street until the Novoarbatsky Bridge on the Moskva River.

The dynamic of the area falls on Arbat Street, a luminous, westernized and well-traveled street, where you can find hotels, shops, and restaurants in Moscow. It exhibits significant attractions like the Church of St. Simeon of the XVII century; the Vajtagov theater, the profitable house of Fijátova, the house-museum of Pushkin and the monument of the princess Turandot.

The closest train station is Kiev station, which is only 20 minutes away. Arbat Street is full of apartments or the popular mini-hotels, although they are not a part of prestigious hotel brands, they offer comfort and lower prices.

Where to stay in Moscow – Arbat

Where to stay in Moscow – Arbat

Moscow - Arbat - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Moscow – Arbat – Click here to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Teatro Vajtágov
  • Well located
  • Touristic attractions
  • Church of St. Simeon
  • Shops and entertainment

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Mercure Arbat Moscow is located in the famous Arbat district, a 2-minute walk from the Smolenskaya metro station. This elegant Moscow hotel includes a wellness center with gym and small sauna and free Wi-Fi.- from £131.

  • Budget Option

    Bulgakov Mini-Hotel is located on the pedestrian Arbat Street, just a 2-minute walk from the Smolenskaya Metro Station in Moscow. Rooms at the Bulgakov Mini-Hotel are individually furnished and feature free Wi-Fi, a TV and a private bathroom.- from £60 .

  • Midrange Option

    Arbat Hotel is located in the center of Moscow and has a lovely garden, terrace, spacious rooms and breakfast included. Each of the Arbat Hotel’s comfortable rooms are equipped with a desk and air conditioning. – from £70 .

  • Luxury Option

    Russo-Balt Hotel is located in an elegant building dating from 1876, it has a private garden and is 100 meters from Arbatskaya Metro Station. In the mornings, a breakfast with organic products from the private farm is served in elegant surroundings. In the summer, breakfast is served in the property’s garden. – from £224.

 

 

 

Zamoskvorechye

Zamoskvorechye is one of the largest districts in Moscow, located at the south of the Kremlin, in the territory of Zatsepa Street and the Paveletsky railway terminal where it borders Yakimanka.

Zamoskvorechye’s main attractions are the temples and sacred monuments such as the Church of the Resurrection in Kadashi and the Church of St. Gregory of Neocaesarea.

Muscovites enjoy strolling along Zamoskvorechye’s wide sidewalks and visiting its many restaurants, cafes, and pubs.

Towards the center of the district is the Paveletsky railway terminal and, around the terminal, there are 3 and 4-star hotels, some of which are luxurious and others relatively comfortable, but at a more reasonable price.

Zamoskvorechye is a good accommodation option if you want to admire the architecture of Moscow closely.

Top area to stay in Moscow - Zamoskvorechye

Top area to stay in Moscow – Zamoskvorechye

Moscow - Zamoskvorechye - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Moscow – Zamoskvorechye – Click here to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Paveletsky railway terminal
  • Historical buildings
  • Temples
  • Great restaurants and pubs

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Wellion Paveletskaya is located in Moscow, 2 km from Zaryadye Park and 2.1 km from Gorky Park. The property is about 2.2 km from Saint Basil’s Cathedral, 2.3 km from Christ the Savior Cathedral and 2.3 km from the Kremlin. Guests can enjoy views of the city. – from £65.

  • Budget Option

    Fregat at Paveletskaya is located in Moscow, less than 10 minutes walk from Paveletskaya metro station, which offers easy access to any point of the city. It has free Wi-Fi connection. – from £50.

  • Luxury Option

    Courtyard by Marriott Moscow Paveletskaya Hotel is a 3-minute walk from Paveletsky Train Station, in the business area, and offers a modern interior, a restaurant with business lunches and a 24-hour reception. Free WiFi is available throughout the Courtyard by Marriott Moscow Paveletskaya Hotel. Domodedovo International Airport is 45 minutes by Aeroexpress train. – from £124.

 

 

 

Tagansky

Not far from Arbat and right next to Yakimanka is the Tagansky district.

Tagansky is located between the Moskva and Yauza rivers near the mouth of the latter.

The Taganskaya Square or Taganka Square is the most active attraction, with the Taganka theater in its facilities, and a few meters away one of the largest skyscrapers in the city: The Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building.

The train stations were strategically located, close to the relevant attractions of Tagansky.

The 4-star hotels are common in the area and are, undoubtedly, cheap compared to those in the central area.

Tagansky is an excellent place to stay in Moscow, due to its transportation that make it easier to visit the rest of Moscow.

Tagansky - Best places to stay in Moscow

Tagansky – Best places to stay in Moscow

Moscow - Tagansky - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Moscow – Tagansky – Click here to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building
  • Taganka Square
  • Theater
  • Train stations nearby

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    The Rooms Boutique Hotel is a short drive from the city center of Moscow. The hotel is located in the Tagansky district of Moscow, close to Krutitsky and the Novospassky and Pokrov monasteries. The Taganskaya metro station is a 15-minute walk away. – from £106.

  • Budget Option

    Mini-Hotel Entrance N2 is located in the Tagansky district of Moscow, 700 meters from the Taganskaya and Marksistskaya metro stations. Free WiFi access is available in all areas. – from £35.

  • Luxury Option

    The Rooms Boutique Hotel is in the center of Moscow, a 10-minute walk from the Taganskaya and Marksistskaya metro stations. The Red Square and the Kremlin are less than 3 km away. Free WiFi is available in all areas. The bright rooms have a flat-screen cable TV. The bathroom includes a hairdryer, slippers, bathrobe and free toiletries.- from £130.

 

 

 

Dorogomilovo

Dorogomilovo is located far away from the central town, to the west of Moscow.

The neighborhood remains distant from the busy and euphoric rhythm of the center of the Russian capital, however, it has large cathedrals and the Arc de Triomphe de Moscow among its attractions.

The classic Radisson Royal Hotel is an option to take into account to stay because it represents an important part of Moscow’s architectural heritage due to its history and its modern structure.

The Kiev station makes it easy to travel from this point to any corner of Moscow. Hotels in Dorogomilovo are usually cheap compared to those in the center of the city.

Dorogomilovo is a good place to stay in Moscow if you are looking for tranquility during your visit.

Where to stay in Moscow - Arc de Triomphe- Dorogomilovo

Where to stay in Moscow – Arc de Triomphe- Dorogomilovo

Moscow - Dorogomilovo - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Moscow – Dorogomilovo – Click here to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Cheaper accommodation options
  • Good public transportation

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Novotel Moscow Kievskaya has a swimming pool, sauna and hammam and is located in Moscow, opposite the Kievsky Train Station offering direct connections to Vnukovo International Airport.- from £118.

  • Budget Option

    Kutuzov House on Kutuzovsky prospekt is located next to the Moskva River and opposite the Moscow-City business center, offers free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour front desk. – from £37.

  • Luxury Option

    Radisson Royal Hotel is located in a Stalinist skyscraper located at the intersection between Kutuzovskiy Prospekt and Novy Arbat in Moscow. It offers free Wi-Fi, an indoor pool and modern spa facilities. – from £238.

 

 

 

Begovoy

Begovoy is a district in northern Moscow, located at the end of the third ring. This neighborhood is a part of the center of the city, but it is still a quiet area compared to the rest of the central area.

Although Begovoy does not includes many relevant or popular attractions, it takes advantage of its good train connections, since they are the best in Moscow.

The Impressionist Museum is one of the most popular places in Begovoy, exhibiting outstanding works of art. Furthermore, the Belorussky station offers fast and safe routes, while Mikoyan and Sukhoi (two of the most important aviation companies in Russia) have their main headquarters in Begovoy, allowing you to plan a flight in advance.

Accommodation is as good and exclusive in Begovoy as in the neighborhoods of downtown Moscow.

Where to stay in Moscow - Begovoy

Where to stay in Moscow – Begovoy

Moscow - Begovoy - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Moscow – Begovoy – Click here to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Connected through train
  • Impressionist Museum
  • Different types of accomodation

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Renaissance Moscow Monarch Centre Hotel is located north of the city center of Moscow, a 10-minute walk from the Dinamo metro station and the Dinamo stadium. Rooms at the Renaissance Moscow Monarch Center Hotel have a modern design and the hotel provides free Wi-Fi in all areas.- from £133.

  • Budget Option

    Mini-Hotel Belorusskay is located in Moscow, a 10-minute walk from the Belorusskaya Metro Station. It offers free WiFi. It has spacious rooms with a window. There is also a fully equipped shared kitchen. The private bathroom includes towels and laundry facilities are available. – from £37.

 

 

 

Where to stay in Moscow during the 2018 Russia World Cup

Khamovniki – Luzhniki Stadium

Khamovniki is located south of the center of Moscow, right on the banks of the Moskva River. Its territory houses tourist attractions such as the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Novodevichy convent and the modern Luzhniki Olympic Stadium.

The stadium is famous for hosting international Rubin Kazan matches (Moscow Football Club), World Athletics Championships and in less than two months, the opening and closing of the 2018 World Cup. Khamovniki is the best area to enjoy the World Cup since you can arrive in short time to each game of the event.

Golden Mile, located in the same neighborhood, is not only the most expensive area of the district but also of the center of Moscow. Some apartments from Stalin’s time are now luxury accommodations, so it is recommended to look for accommodation in the rest of the area and compare options.

Luzhniki Stadium - Best areas to stay for the 2018 World Cup in Russia

Luzhniki Stadium – Best areas to stay for the 2018 World Cup in Russia

Moscow - Khamovniki - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Moscow – Khamovniki – Click here to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Luzhniki Stadium
  • Historical buildings
  • Great transportation

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Hotel Korston Moscow is located in a green area on the Gorriones Hill and offers personal butler service. It offers several bars and restaurants, panoramic views of Moscow and free Wi-Fi.- from £108.

 

 

 

Spartak Stadium- Tushino

The Spartak Stadium or Otkrytie Arena is located to the north of Moscow, in the Tushino district.

In the past, Tushino was just a small town, but now it enjoys a certain popularity among football fans in Russia. The Otkrytie Arena is a sports complex consisting of a football stadium, two ice hockey stadiums, a tennis academy, a water sports center and several schools.

Its facilities were recently renovated, as well as its train connections. The Tushinskaya metro station makes it easy to move around in Tushino, with bus stations and other transportation alternatives as options.

Tushino is one of the best areas to stay in Moscow to enjoy the 2018 World Cup.

Best areas to stay during the Russia 2018 World Cup - Spartak Stadium

Best areas to stay during the Russia 2018 World Cup – Spartak Stadium

Moscow - Spartak Stadium - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Moscow – Spartak Stadium – Click here to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Spartak Stadium
  • Athletic complex
  • Great public transportation

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Hotel Tchaikovsky is located in a historic building in Kaliningrad, 2 km from the city center, it offers a breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi, free private parking and a café serving Russian and French cuisine.- from £54.

 

 

 

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