Where to stay in Moscow

Where is the best place to stay in Moscow?

Moscow is one of the most sought-after destinations in the world. An eight centuries-old capital of Russia is a roaring megapolis that will make you fall in love at first sight. Moscow combines the old and the new, the history and the ambitions for the future like no other city, with a unique edginess and class. Home to iconic landmarks, soul-melting art, a dynamic culinary scene, lavish nightlife, and most importantly, the amazing Moscovites, the ‘gold-coupled city’ never settles for the average and never stops evolving. ‘Moscow never sleeps’ is the motto of the Russian capital.


Elegant Kitai-Gorod is where the Russian heritage is showcased best. One of the oldest historical parts of Moscow, it is an ideal place to stay to explore the city. A stone’s throw away from the Red Square, the Kremlin, the Lenin's Mausoleum, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Bolshoi Theatre, and Moskva-river, this diverse district captures the true spirit of Moscow through its diverse landscape, architecture and a variety of design styles.


Kitai-Gorod preserved its role as a busy commercial centre and is home to a myriad of trendy shops and cosy cafés and traditional and contemporary restaurants. At the same time, the labyrinth of its quiet narrow streets offers a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Hotel   Avg price
Hotel Maroseyka 2/15
Ulitsa Maroseyka 2/15
51€ - 55$
Hotel   Avg price
Marco Polo Presnja Hotel
Pereulok 9
62€ - 66$
Hotel De Paris
Bolshaya Bronnaya Street 23
63€ - 67$
Moscow Marriott Tverskaya Hotel
1-ya Tverskaya-Yamskaya Street 34
67€ - 72$
Mercure Arbat Moscow
Smolenskaya Pl 6
69€ - 74$
Hotel   Avg price
Lotte Hotel Moscow
Novinskiy Boulevard 8 Bld.2, Arbat
309€ - 331$
Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow
4 Neglinnaya ulitsa
410€ - 439$


On the map, which shows the best area to stay in Moscow, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.



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Kitai-Gorod, the best areas to stay in Moscow


Kitai-GorodKitai-Gorod is famous for its beautiful churches and cathedrals, detailed architecture with little clues here and there, and the remains of the medieval wall that previously surrounded the city. Walking the winding streets of Kitai-Gorod, accompanied by the melodic ringing of the church bells feels like a magical time travel into 16th-century Moscow.


Take it slow, explore the area on foot and indulge your senses in one of the cosy cafes carefully tacked away from the crowds.


Park Zaryadye is an excellent green space for relaxing after a day of sightseeing. GUM, located just next to the Red Square, is a historical department store and an ultimate shopping destination for items from high-end fashion to souvenirs.




Safety level: generally safe, but be vigilant


Best hotels: Hotel Metropol Moscow, Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow, Kitai-Gorod Hotel


Key attractions: the Kremlin, the Red Square, Kazan Cathedral, St.Basil's Cathedral, Armoury Chamber, Alexander Gardens, State Historical Museum


Best shopping: GUM, Okhotny Ryad


Best restaurants: Zaryadye Gastronomic Centre (Russian and international), Taste (Russian and European), Kitaigorodkaya Stena (Russian and Tatar)


Best nightclubs: Propaganda, Liberty, Kultura


Nearest underground: Kitai-Gorod


Best way to explore: Walking


Best nightclubs: Propaganda, Liberty, Kultura


Distance to the airport: Sheremetyevo 27km, Domodedovo 41km, Vnukovo 28km





Other areas to stay in Moscow




ArbatThe fashionable Arbat district is famous for its bohemian vibe and is a favourite neighbourhood of the city's elite. It is often referred to as “the soul of Moscow”.


Have a walk on a charming and authentic Stariy Arbat, the oldest pedestrian street in Moscow. It is a go-to place for handmade souvenirs shopping or a portrait by one of the street artists. As opposed to the cosy vibe of Stariy Arbat, Noviy Arbat is a modern avenue roaring with cars and shoppers.


Most important landmarks, including the Kremlin, Pushkin State Museum of fine arts, and one of seven gothic Stalinist skyscrapers the imposing Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are within walking distance from Arbat. This authentic area is also a culinary hub with a long list of restaurants of former USSR cuisine. Arbat's air is often filled with exotic smells of Georgian, Armenian, and Uzbek dishes adored by the locals.




Safety level: very safe, but be vigilant around Stary Arbat


Best hotels: Lotte Hotel Moscow, Vremena Goda Arbatskaya, Mercure Arbat Moscow


Key attractions: Stariy Arbat, Noviy Arbat, the Kremlin, the Red Square, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pushkin State Museum of fine arts, multiple museums and churches


Best shopping: boutiques on Stariy and Novy Arbat, Evropeysky Shopping Mall


Best restaurants: Genatsvale na Arbate (Georgian), Eastern District (Uzbek), Teremok (pancakes), Grabli (Russian)


Best nightclubs: Project 6/2, Mumiy Troll, 16 Tonnes Club


Nearest underground: Smolenskaya, Arbatskaya, Borovitskaya, Aleksandrovsky Sad


Best way to explore: Walking, by car, underground


Distance to the airport: Sheremetyevo 27km, Domodedovo 42km, Vnukovo 26km






KhamovnikiA large district mostly surrounded by Moskva-river, Khamovniki is like its own city within Moscow. While the northern part of the area, closest to Frunzenskaya Embankment and Crimean Bridge, is culturally and nightlife-rich, the family-friendly southern part is Moscow's green lungs. Choose to stay around Novodevichy Convent, Luzhniki Park and Gorki park if you are up for outdoor fun and nature walks in the urban woods. Khamovniki's Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory) is one of the highest points in Moscow and offers an incredible panoramic view of the city.


The area, with its multiple art centres, galleries, and famous Russian writers' mansions, is also ideal for exploring Moscow’s art scene.


A car or public transport is both convenient options to get around Khamovniki. Park closer to the city centre and walk the upscale Ostozhenka and Prechistenka, Moscow's Golden Mile, to the striking Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.




Safety level: safe


Best hotels: Mini Otel Khamovniki, President Hotel, Grafskiy. Make sure you get a room with a view!


Key attractions: Novodevichiy Convent, Luzhniki Park and stadium, Gorki attraction work, Trubetskoy Estate, Moscow Museum, Sparrow Hills, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour


Best shopping: Akropol Shopping Mall, Evropeysky Shopping Mall, Culinary Shop Karavaevs Brothers


Best restaurants: Tiflissky Drovik on Ostozhenka (Georgian), Veranda Riverside Luzhniki (fusion), Korchma Taras Bulba (Ukrainian)


Best nightclubs: Gypsy, Mad Season Pub, Hamilton Lounge Bar


Nearest underground: Kropotkinskaya, Park Kultury, Frunzenskaya, Sportivnaya, Luzhniki, Sparrow Hills


Best way to explore: Walking, river cruise, bicycle, by car, cable car


Distance to the airport: Sheremetyevo 28km, Domodedovo 40km, Vnukovo 21km




Patriarshiye Prudy


Patriarshiye PrudyAristocratic Patriarshiye Prudy, or simply 'Patriki', as locals prefer to call it, is one of the city’s loveliest neighbourhoods. It is noble, quiet and peaceful.
'Patriki' is known for the high concentration of restaurants and as high property prices. Accommodation here is pricey, so be prepared to pay.


Walk around the pond and explore Patriki’s atmospheric streets, admire the architecture, and stop for a meal or drink in an idyllic venue overlooking the water. In the summer, you can enjoy feeding the local population of ducks or rent a paddle boat for a brief urban respite.


Upscale Patriarshiye Prudy is a very safe area and a perfect base for exploring Moscow. It is a few steps away from almost every central landmark, including grand Tverskaya Avenue and Pushkin Square. The area is also known for having been mentioned in Mikhail Bulgakov’s ‘The Master and Margarita’. The writer lived here and was inspired to include this oasis of tranquillity in his world-famous novel.




Safety level: very safe


Best hotels: Hotel de Paris, Marco Polo Presnya Hotel, Hartwell Hotel


Key attractions: Tverskaya Avenue, Pushkin Square, Moscow Zoo, Museum of Modern History, Povarskaya street


Best shopping: Tverskaya Avenue


Best restaurants: Cafe Pushkin (Russian), Café Margarita (Russian), Rybnyy Bazaar (fish)


Best nightclubs: Gucci bar, The BIX, Stand Up Patriki


Nearest underground: Tverskaya, Mayakovskaya


Best way to explore: Walking and cycling


Distance to the airport: Sheremetyevo 26km, Domodedovo 43km, Vnukovo 25km




Chistye Prudy


Chistye PrudyTranslating literally as ‘Clean Ponds’, this safe and charming neighbourhood is also located next to the lake. Popular amongst the expats for its alternative vibe, tucked away cosy cafes, and an English-language cinema, this residential and leisurely part of Basmanny district is a perfect base to enjoy the Moscow experience. In the summer, the gardens around Chistye Prudy are lined with pretty flowers, and you can rent a boat on the lake. In the winter, very typical for Russia, it turns into an ice rink.


When choosing Chistye Prudy as a base to explore the Russian capital, you are never too far from the key landmarks. Iconic Red Square and the Kremlin, the sought-after Bolshoi Theatre, the infamous headquarters of the Russian Secret Services Lubyanka and many more are a stone's throw away.


Head to the historic TSUM department store for fashion and souvenir shopping.




Safety level: safe


Best hotels: Otel Apelsin, Mini-Hotel Chistoprudny, Mamaison All Suites Spa Pokrovka


Key attractions: Boulevard ring, Lubyanka, Bolshoi Theatre, the Kremlin


Best shopping: TSUM, Sretensky department store


Best restaurants: Shater (European), Avocado Cafe (vegetarian), La Veranda (Italian)


Best nightclubs: Suzuran Bar, Delay Kulturu Bar, Zionist Bar


Nearest underground: Chistyye Prudy, Turgenevskaya, Sretenskyy Bulvar


Best way to explore: Walking


Distance to the airport: Sheremetyevo 35km, Domodedovo 45km, Vnukovo 33km






ZamoskvorechiyeThis ancient district is located a few steps away from Kremlin and is famous for its 'old Moscow' vibe. Historically populated by artisans, traders, as well as Mongols from the Golden Horde, this place was and still is one of the most diverse and vibrant parts of Moscow.


Despite its central position and proximity to most iconic downtown landmarks, Zamoskvorechye is not too busy with tourists and not too glamorous, in contrast with the aristocratic centre of Moscow.


Spend a day blending in with the locals and tasting cuisine from around the world in local restaurants, visiting open-air museums and old mansions that previously belonged to classical Russian writers. Danilovsky market believed to be one the best food markets in the city, is perfect for sampling traditional Russian cuisine.Zamoskvorechye is home to Tretyakov Gallery, a priceless collection of Russian art with 180 000 pieces, from medieval icons to the works of Valentin Serov.




Safety level: safe


Best hotels: Kadashevskaya Hotel, InterGUBE Tretyakovskaya, Winterfell on Novokuznetskaya


Key attractions: Tretyakov Gallery, Church of St.Nicolas


Best shopping: Bolshaya Ordynka and Pyatnitskaya street


Best restaurants: Volkonsky Cafe (French inspired), Abramov (Russian and European), Karlson (Italian)


Best nightclubs: Cabana, Pappazazzi Bar, Mitzva Bar


Nearest underground: Novokuznetskaya, Tretyakovskaya


Best way to explore: Walking, underground, tram


Distance to the airport: Sheremetyevo 34km, Domodedovo 42km, Vnukovo 29km