Hotels in Moscow are known for their high prices, so many people prefer to stay in the capital with relatives, if there are any, and if not, then they either have to fork out or settle in the Moscow region, far from the center. Lately, strange inexpensive options called "hostels" have come across. Some are mistrustful of them, and completely in vain. In Europe and the USA, hostels are the most popular accommodation option for travelers under 30-35 years old.
What is a hostel
Strictly speaking, hostels in Moscow and the Moscow region are no different from hostels in Tver, Novosibirsk or Paris. These are establishments of the same type. Moreover, hostels have always existed in Russia, they just called them with a different word. Hostel is an English word, and it is translated into Russian as a hostel. But it is not for nothing that hostels are called differently, they really differ from hostels in the traditional Russian sense.
The idea of the hostel is as follows. A tourist who goes on vacation not for a couple of weeks, but makes a long trip, cannot afford to stay in a star apartment, but also needs comfortable accommodation. It is for such people that hostels were invented. Usually this is an apartment or house in the very center of the city. The hostel has several rooms with several beds, usually two-story. Each room is designed for several people. There are showers and toilet rooms. As a rule, hostels also have a living room, or a common room, a kitchen and various other service areas.
In the living room you can watch TV, meet other travelers, exchange experiences, meet someone with whom you can walk around the city and see the sights. The kitchen usually has everything to cook your own food (this is another opportunity to save money while living in a hostel). As a rule, the hostel has been renovated, often such establishments are distinguished by their inimitable unique style.
Features of hostels in Moscow and Moscow region
Moscow hostels, despite the fact that each of them has its own unique look, are arranged in the same way. These are exactly the same youth hotel-type establishments located in the very center of the city.
If you are traveling sparingly, are good with fun company and do not mind hanging out with other travelers, stay at a hostel and you will not regret it. But if you need privacy or need special conditions (for example, you are with a small child), then a hostel is a bad decision.
When choosing a hostel in Moscow, don't try to stay in the cheapest one. Choose an average price, it will still be much cheaper than any hotel. The cheaper the hostel, the less room there is, as a rule, and the worse the conditions. In addition, due to low prices in such hostels, sometimes you can find not the most pleasant neighbors.
Be sure to read reviews about the chosen hostel. Each hostel is much more personalized than a hotel. A lot is determined by the atmosphere, and it, in turn, depends to a large extent on the staff and cleanliness. Many hostels have their own unique, pleasant character that makes people stay there over and over again. But there are also unpleasant features of a poorly chosen hostel that can ruin your vacation. It is important to understand from the reviews whether the hostel is clean, whether the staff are friendly, and whether the rooms are comfortable.