Some of the accommodation we use in our Osnova and Polny packages, in either Hotels, Hostels, Guest Houses, Homestays, Ger Camp or authentic Nomadic Ger!

Changing to upgrade to other hotels is always possible, and some of these options are also listed here.


Emperor 3* Hotel
A great location, close to the Forbidden City, this modern boutique hotel has amenities and standards in room of a Western hotel, with a great roof deck overlooking the quiet residential hutong location.

Orchid Hotel, 65 Baochao Hutong, Guloudong road, Dongcheng District


The Orchid Gulou is the original Orchid hotel, designed to encompass the lively and energetic feel of the area defined by the Drum Tower (Gulou – pronounced Goo-Low), the Imperial Lakes area (Shichahai) and the hutong neighbourhoods surrounding Nanluoguxiang.


Paragon 4* Hotel (Howard Johnson group)
宝辰饭店, 北京建国门内大街甲十八号

Renovated for the Beijing Olympics, they offer a range of comfortable and well appointed rooms, with an ample buffet breakfast. Reception staff are also helpful.



Zaya’s Guesthouse (budget)
Standard inclusion on all budget Osnova trips
Centrally located guesthouse / hostel, breakfast included, free wi-fi, communal kitchen.

Hotel Nine 3* (mid range)

Standard inclusion on all Polny packages 3* hotel: centrally located, breakfast included, free wi-fi, restaurant (serves from Nomad’s and Double Shot café menus).

Bayangol Hotel 4*, Chinggis Khan Avenue-5

This is a reasonably comfortable hotel with excellent value for money. The location, virtually in the center of the city and just a few minutes walk to Sükhbaatar square, is great. Like most of Ulaanbaatar the hotel has a certain Soviet feel to it but the bedrooms are well appointed, all with private shower room and clean and bright.
The buffet breakfast with Western breakfast cooked to order is included.

The owner is the current President!


Best Western Premier 5* Tuushin Hotel (high end)

Centrally located 5* hotel, breakfast included, free wi-fi, restaurant, bar, spa and wellness center, sauna, fitness center.

Ramada Inn 4*, Bayangol District 17th Khoroo, Gandan Peace Avenue 35/1

Hotel offers spectacular views of the first scared mountain Bogd Khan of Mongolia and glamorous city street views. The property is located across from the city center, and nearby Ulaanbaatar`s fascinating sights and premier attractions. The building dates back to 2011, and features contemporary decoration and amenities. The hotel is set in a luxury shopping mall complex and standing 17 storey tall with a new modern architecture, it features 125 guest rooms, including 20 suites and executive rooms. Ramada Ulaanbaatar City Center Hotel boasts Café Jot Restaurant, as well as refined Edge Bar, Lobby Lounge, Mimosa Spa and Health Club.


Inside a typical and comfortable tourist ger.


Ger Camp


Ger Camp

Ger of local nomads. This is the type of ger you can experience when staying with a family.


We use a variety of homestays, all are centrally located and in Russian style apartment blocks. The common entrance ways hide the comfortable family homes, where your Russian hosts will provide home cooked meals through the day. You will have a private bedroom, but share the kitchen and bathroom facilities with the rest of the family.

Park Hotel 3*

This hotel is a Soviet Style building in the center of Ulan-Ude close to the main sights and probably the best option is this otherwise spartan City. There are 60 rooms, some better decorated than others. Reception staff speak some English and the buffet breakfast is generous.
All rooms have private bathroom, some with shower, plus television, telephone, Internet access and mini-bar. Standard rooms have twin beds.



Angara Hotel 3*, Sukhe-Batora street 7
This hotel is a large Soviet style hotel on the Kirov Square in the center of Irkutsk (note the train station is the other side of the river).
We only book the renovated rooms in this hotel which are on the 5th/6th floors which all have private bathroom, TV, phone, safe and air-conditioning.
There is a bar on the 6th floor and there are two restaurants. A buffet breakfast is also served.

Marussia Hotel 3*

The central Boutique Hotel Marussia is a 3-star venue providing guests with 24-hour room service, laundry assistance.

Irkutsk Regional Memorial Decembrists Museum is about 1.8 km from the hotel. Such tourist places as a cathedral and a theater are fairly close by.

Shopping centers and boutiques are also set close by.

Boutique Hotel Marussia welcomes guests to individual rooms appointed with heating, television, a dressing room, a personal computer and a telephone. Bathrooms feature a shower, a hairdryer and towels.Every day a complimentary breakfast is served in the dining room. Serving both food and drinks, Lucky People and Crispy Donuts are situated at 50 meters.

Wireless internet is available in the entire hotel for free.

Uzori Mini-Hotel, Oktyabrskoy Revolutsii 17
This small hostel is in the center of Irkutsk, just 500m from Karl Marx street and the interesting Decembrists Museum. It is also close to the mini-bus stop, making it very convenient for the trip down to Listvyanka and Lake Baikal.

Hostel Tri Matrioshki, Ulitsa Tereshkoboy, 19

Featuring free WiFi throughout. the property. 7-minute walk from Irkutsk Train Station.
Every room is equipped with a shared bathroom.
There is a 24-hour front desk and gift shop at the property.
This hostel has ski storage space and bike hire and car hire are available. You can play darts at the hostel. The nearest airport is Irkutsk International Airport, 7 km from the property.



You will stay in one of these traditional wooden homes with a Russian family and have your own bedroom, and share the kitchen facilities.

Listvyanka is a small village, with streets of wooden one-storey square houses. They generally have a central chimney which feeds all four rooms, seperated by doors or curtains. As is common in village Russia, the bathroom is outside together with a typical Russian banya / sauna.

Sasha’s Guesthouse

Sasha’s Guesthouse is a lovely, spacious two-storey wooden house built in traditional Siberian style, just fifty meters from the shore of lake Baikal. There are four double rooms, a toilet and washing facilities on each floor. Downstairs there is a light dining room. Every morning you will wake up to a delicious smell of pancakes and wheat cakes. Hot water, tea and coffee are available any time. There is also a cozy living room where you can read, play chess, checkers or cards. You can play table tennis and badminton.


Usadba Guesthouse

The 17 new rooms behind Sasha’s Guesthouse are well appointed and come in single, double and family versions. More like a nice hotel than a guesthouse.

Ski facilities include a ski storage room, ski rental and ski equipment. There are meals, a game room and a playground for children on site. Guests can rent bicycles to explore the local area. Hiking, table tennis and skiing are also available.



Family stay in a wooden house, full board, saunas.
The village of Bolshoe Goloustnoe is 110km from Irkutsk, half the journey on sealed road and the other half on a good, graded gravel road. The population of the village is half Buryat, half Russian. The village is surrounded by mountains, has a nearby river, church, chapel and some sacred places.
Bolshoe Goloustnoe is pronounced “boll shoy (as in the ‘Bolshoi’ ballet) gall-oust-na” and we often refer to it as ‘BG’.

Lada Resort, 30 Taezhnaya Street, Khuzhir.

Twenty minute walk from the island’s symbol Cape Burkhan (Shaman Rock).

There are two big wooden houses with wooden interior finish. They were built specially for visitors. Depending on the clients’ preferences, they can choose a first-class, a standard or a third-class room to live in. Lada can host up to 55 people.

Along with residential buildings, there is a cafeteria in the center where guests can try dishes of traditional Siberian cuisine from the chief-cook. If necessary, any dish can be ordered.
There are traditional Russian baya (steam room), relax areas and big fireplace with BBQ equipment.


Metelica Hotel 4*, Building 1, 14 Mira Avenue

This is a small 36 bedroom hotel with modern facilities, plush decoration and attention to detail, such as real wood furniture.
All rooms have private bathroom, Plasma TV, mini-bar, phone, air-conditioner, wi-fi internet access, fresh fruit, Please note there is no lift in this small hotel.
Breakfast is included in the room price and the hotel also offers a decent evening meal service.


Private Dacha

This real and family Russian Dacha is located in the forest 40km west of Krasnoyarsk. You will have a camping style experience in the heart of the Siberian countryside and fully understand the life and culture of Siberian dacha owners.

Transfers must be booked with this accommodation option and normally includes English speaking guide’s assistance, cooking and expertise.
The dacha is a cosy and warm cabin with wood-burning stove (Russian fireplace), outside toilet, electricity only in summer (no power from November until May). Wooden deck to sleep three people comfortably with bed linen, pillows, mattresses, blankets.


InWood Hostel, Lenina 5a

This centrally located hostel on Lenina Street, the largest one in Krasnoyarsk, covers 350 sq meters with ceilings up to 6 meters. Very modern, clean and colorful, this is no doubt the best choice.



Accommodation in a homestay with home cooked breakfast with a English speaking guide and his family. A typical apartment building in residential area, 15-30 minutes away from the city center. 1 or 2 rooms are available for guests, depending on season. English-speaking hosts and all kinds of support for travellers.The apartment is recently renovated. In the guest room: double sofa bed, chair, TV, English magazines and books. Wi-Fi internet free of charge.Always available for free in the kitchen: tea, coffee, sugar, cookies/biscuits, kettle, refrigerator, pots and pans, drinking filtered water.

This is the budget accommodation which allow tourists get some insight of local life in Siberia “as is”.


KGB Hostel, Lenina Pr., 52/1, Apt. 12

The new “Hostel Live” is a good and clean budget accommodation option. Located in the center of the city, close to the Zoo.

Each room is unique and there are 3 categories: male, female and shared. The 12 rooms have either 4 or 6 beds.

Chekhov Hotel 3*, 8 Marta Street 32

This is a new, small, privately run hotel which is perfectly located right in the down town near the Dendro park and the City’s circus.
There are only 20 bedrooms, all have private bathroom, TV, DVD,  mini-bar, phone, air-conditioner, wi-fi internet access. Please note there is no lift in this small hotel.
There is a small cafe open for breakfast and providing coffee and pastries through the day.

The Park Inn (by Radisson), Mamina-Sibiryaka 98

Centrally located, close to the Opera and Ballet theater. The hotel has 160 comfortable, well appointed guestrooms.
All rooms have private bathroom, WiFi internet access, television, Individual climate control, Safe, Hairdryer.


We always used to use the Shalyapin 3* hotel in Kazan in the past, which is a good standard hotel with an interesting presence in the city. However, our tours are now based on the recently opened Ibis Hotel, which has less character but as with so many of our tours, you spend so little time in the hotel room, that location and value for money are important factors.
You can always upgrade to a different hotel if you prefer.


Ibis Kazan Centre 3*, Pravo-Bulachnaya Str. 43/1

Located in the center of Kazan, this business hotel is ideally situated just 200 meters from Nurulla Mosque, Peter and Paul Cathedral and Kazan State Theater of Young Spectators. The hotel lies within 10 minutes’ walk of Galiaskar Kamal Tatar Academic Theatre, Soltan Mosque and Marcani Mosque.
The cathedral, the mosque and theaters are set within walking distance.
The hotel offers 155 rooms featuring free Wi-Fi, a work desk, an in-room safe, heating and flat-screen TV as well as modern bathrooms with a shower, a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries.
The restaurant menu features Russian dishes. Guests can savor spirits and espresso in the informal bar.
This hotel is situated within a 10-minute walk from Kremlyovskaya underground station and just 650 meters away from Kazan train station, and within 25 km from Kazan airport.

Shalyapin Palace Hotel 4*, ul. University, 7

This privately run hotel is a restored architectural monument from the last century filled with all the mystery and grandeur of times past and embodying the greatest hospitality and comfort demanded by even the most exacting visitor. This hotel offers 123 comfortable classical-style rooms which still embrace modern materials and the national décor.


We offer a range of hotels from 2* to 5* as well as budget hostels. Hotel prices in Moscow are high, reflecting the city’s status as one of the most expensive in the world to visit. We continually seek out the best value hotels we can find in Russia’s capital.
We use the following hotels in Moscow for our set trips. This ensures that ‘groups’ end up at the same hotel and makes it easy for City tours and so on.

If you wish to book another of our hotels in Moscow during extended stays, we will adjust the tour price to reflect the hotels price difference. However, please note this may alter included transfers and tours.

Arbat House Hotel 3*

This hotel is in an ideal location near New Arbat street in the center of Moscow and just 700 meters from the nearest metro station. The hotel was fully renovated in 2007 and in 2012 is being re-branded (no longer Melody Hotel). Hotel prices in central Moscow are notoriously high so this hotel offers comparative value for money. A nice breakfast with hot/cold choices and fresh fruit is included. Reception staff speak English and are friendly.

Peter I Hotel 5*, Neglinnaya Street 17

Peter I Hotel is situated in the city center of Moscow on Neglinnaya Street. This is one of the oldest districts of Moscow. It is a short walk to the Kremlin, Bolshoi Theatre, Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral and many other attractions of the capital. The hotel building was constructed in 1895 and successfully reconstructed in 2006.There are several metro stations nearby: Kuznetsky Most, Okhotny Ryad, Trubnaya, Tsvetnoy Boulevard.
The interior of the hotel is designed in the modern style with the elements of the Peter I epoch. There are 133 spacious rooms in the hotel ranging from 25 to 75 m2, including special rooms for disabled people. All hotel areas are non-smoking.
Peter I Hotel provides a full range of facilities for business and leisure: business center, conference halls, fitness center with pool, beauty salon, restaurant, 24-hour lobby bar and concierge services.
A generous buffet breakfast is served every morning in the restaurant of Peter I hotel.
The Lobby bar of Peter I Hotel is open 24 hours and offers the guests a wide selection of appetizers and salads, sandwiches, desserts and drinks. The Lobby bar is decorated with a luxurious white piano which complements the evening cosy atmosphere with the sounds of live music.
VIP lounge is on the top floor of the hotel offers tea, coffee, pastry, fruits, light drinks and snacks for a day.
Free Wi-Fi Internet service is available 24-hours in all hotel areas.

Budapest Hotel 4*, ul. Petrovskiye Linii 2

Budapest Hotel is located in the business and cultural center of Moscow just a few steps away from Red Square, Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Bolshoi and Maly theaters and many other attractions of the capital. There are many metro stations near our hotel: Kuznetsky Most, Okhotny Ryad, Trubnaya, Tsvetnoy bulvar.

The hotel was built in 1876 by the architect Freidenberg and now it is a cultural value of Moscow city.
V.I. Lenin – Commemorative Plaque. Vladimir Lenin twice appeared in the historic building of Budapest Hotel (on 26 November 1918 and 11 April 1919). This is evidenced by a commemorative plaque placed to the right of hotel’s entrance.

The rooms’ interior designed in retro style with modern facilities. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioner, bathtub or shower, telephone, satellite TV, mini bar, safe box, hair-dryer, Wi-Fi.

Free Wi-Fi Internet service is available 24-hours in all hotel areas.

City Comfort Hotel 3*, 3 Maliy Zlatoustinsky Pereulok

The excellent City Comfort is a 3-star hotel in Moscow offering an indoor swimming pool and a library.
It is set 2 km from the center of Moscow and about 1300 meters away from The Kremlin. A coach station as well as Lubyanka subway station are not far from the hotel.
This hotel is placed in Zamoskvorechye district, known for a museum, a church and a synagogue.
This property comprises 40 modern guestrooms featuring free Wi-Fi, TV, a sitting area, a personal computer and a telephone. Bathrooms come with a bathtub, a shower and a hairdryer.
The snack bar serves coffee and tea. The bar Bourbon Street is located 100 meters from the property.
Kursky train station is a 20-minute walk away. Guests can reach Sheremetyevo airport within 35 minutes’ drive.
Along with currency exchange, an elevator and a barber shop there are conference equipment and a business centre available on the premises.
Guests will enjoy using a massage room and a sauna after a busy day in Moscow.

Metropol Hotel 5*, Teatralnyy pr-d 2

All what you can expect of a traditional 5 star hotel, but could do with a renovation.

Luxury hotel with indoor pool, near Bolshoi Theater.


We offer a range of Hotels as well as a Hostel. All these hotels are centrally located, close to the Nevsky Prospect which is the main thoroughfare with shopping and main sites. The Moskovsky Station with trains to/from Moscow is at one end of Nevsky Prospect, while the Hermitage Art Gallery and ‘Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood’ in the middle and St Isaac’s Cathedral at the other end along with expensive hotels such as the Astoria. You will spend a lot of your time wandering the streets of Nevsky Prospect and so to be staying so close by is ideal.

Cronwell Inn 3*, 18 Stremyannaya street

Cronwell Inn Stremyannaya is the first hotel of the Cronwell Hotels & Resorts Gallery which was opened in St. Petersburg at the beginning of 2010.
Cronwell Inn Stremyannaya hotel is located in the historic center of St. Petersburg in just 3 minutes walking distance from the Nevsky Prospekt, Moscow railway station, Mayakovskaya metro station, 15 minutes – from main city attractions and only in 30 minutes by car – from Pulkovo airport.
The hotel is located on the famous Stremyannaya street, in a fully renovated historic building.
Stremyannaya street has kept its name unchanged from the 18th century, since the decree of Queen Anna Ioanovna and was one of the streets of the Palace settlement, on which lived those who served the royal court.

Dostoevsky Hotel 4*, 19, Vladimirsky Prospekt

This hotel is well located 200 meters from Nevsky prospect. It benefits from good design and modern facilities set in a historic environment. It is very close to the metro, there is an extensive and good breakfast as well as food mall and supermarkets on the lower floors. Each room has Internet, cable TV and a minibar.

Nevsky Grand Hotel 3*, Bolshaya Konyushennaya ul., 10

Nevsky Grand Hotel was opened in 2004, since then it has become one of the best 3* hotels in Saint Petersburg. One of the main advantages of the hotel is it’s central location right in the heart of St. Petersburg, so you can reach all the main attractions and sights of the city within 10 minutes. The refined interior with décor elements of the Empire style, and a cozy atmosphere will make you feel welcome!


Primorye Hotel 3*, Ul. Posyetskaya 20

This hotel is close to the Railway Station and Ferry port with views over the harbour.
Reception staff speak some English and the hotel has good standard with renovated rooms and all have private bathroom. Standard rooms also have TV, fridge and phone.
Breakfast is served on the 4th floor.


Astoria Hotel 4*, Partizansky Prospekt, 44

The 4-star hotel Astoria provides a modern accommodation and gives a quick access to Far East State Technical University Museum, which is around 1300 meters away. Since 2014 the hotel has been hosting guests in a 7-story historical building.
The property is located within a 20-minute walk from the city center. This business property is located in the business center of Vladivostok.
Astoria Hotel is 45 minutes drive away from Vladivostok airport.

Gavan Hotel 3*, Krygina Str. 3, Frunzensky

This hotel is a modern building on the Schota peninsula of Vladivostok and 2kms from the center of Vladivostok. Bedrooms have International standards with private bathroom, satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer, Internet access and mini-bar. There is also a swimming pool, but not included in the room price. English speaking staff.
Economy and Standard rooms have two single beds, offered as single or twin. Lux-Business rooms have a king-size bed, air conditioning, jacuzzi and living room.

Versailles Hotel 3*, Svetlanskaya Str., 10

This hotel is an imposing building dating from the 20th century and has a prime location right in the center of Vladivostok close to the train station, main sights and cafes, restaurants. Bedrooms are well renovated, maintain there high ceilings, all with private bathroom, Internet access and the usual services. English speaking staff.