Moscow is becoming one of the last frontiers for the backpacking traveller, and it should be on the top of everyone’s list. The city itself is rich in culture, heritage, and has some of the most beautiful architecture (and the best vodka!) in Russia. Accommodation costs can easily get out of hand in the city though, so we’ve come up with a list of lovely, budget-friendly places to stay while you explore the best Moscow has to offer!
The Moscow hostel prides itself on its individuality. The folks at Chillax Hostel have a little something for everyone – they offer cooking classes and movie nights if you feel like doing something new but staying close to home, which give you an awesome opportunity to meet fellow travellers and get to see a little bit of what Russian hospitality is like. Or if sticking around the hostel sounds like a waste of your exploring abilities, then they’ll provide you with tips on some of the more exciting things to see in the city, and even book your tickets for a ballet or show if you’re interested – they claim to have ‘connections’ which helps them give you some great seats for a discounted price.
The hostel is located in a beautiful, older building, with high ceilings and large rooms, so even if you’re in a dorm room, you still feel as if you have a lot of your own personal space. They provide lockers to keep your personal belongings locked in during your stay, and are quite accommodating if you have any issues in terms of rooms or bedding.
Price: Basic 12 bed mixed dorms are approximately £5.60 per night, and twin privates run around £11 per night.
The Chocolate Hostel is small, cozy, comfortable and feels a bit like a home away from home. Often people staying at Chocolate are long term guests, which means the guests you’ll meet there will be brimming with information on what’s interesting, unique and worth a visit nearby and around the city.
The bathrooms in this hostel are well cleaned and communal, so shower shoes are something to remember to pack before you leave. The rooms are cozy and the general feel of the place is welcoming, which is amplified by the friendliness and helpful attitude of the staff who work there. They will do whatever they can to make sure your stay is a good one, including booking tickets and arranging for taxis or helping you sort out other forms of transportation. The hostel is close to the metro and it isn’t too far to reach many main attractions on foot.
Want to know the cutest thing? You get a little piece of chocolate on the way in. What a sweet welcome!
Price: Prices range from £6.5 per night for mixed dorm rooms to £29 for a twin with shared bath per night.
The owners of this place have done their fair share of backpacking and have taken their experiences and turned them into a unique hostel experience in Moscow. Each room has a French balcony and huge windows bringing as much natural light in as possible, while also giving you an amazing view of the city. The hostel boasts a large kitchen and lounge area overlooking the street and different room options are available for groups and single travellers.
On top of the amazing location, this place has air conditioning, free coffee and a fully equipped kitchen where you can self-cater or hang out and meet some fellow travellers. The staff cannot be beat and Vagabond receives nothing but the highest praise on how clean, well organized, friendly, safe and comfortable it is. Many of its patrons recommend it as a place to stay and would happily return.
The price of your room includes breakfast, towels and linens. There is also free wifi, a washing machine, hair dryers, cable TV, and extra luggage storage should you need it. Really, there’s not much this place is missing.
Price: The beds, regardless of whether they’re in a 4-bed dorm or a 12-bed dorm, are roughly the same price: somewhere between £7-£9 per night.