The massive Hotel Cosmos has almost everything you could possibly need when staying in Moscow. Indeed, the hotel is so well-equipped that you could go for days without needing to actually leave the property! That would, however, be a shame; excellent public transportation links make getting around Moscow’s exciting attractions easy, and it is a lively city that offers so much for visitors. Whether you want to spend your days sightseeing at iconic destinations like Red Square and the Kremlin, indulge in some retail therapy in one of Moscow’s many fabulous malls, discover a greener side of the city in one of its lovely parks, spend a pleasant evening at the ballet, experience the vibrant nightlife, or otherwise, enjoy the best of Moscow from Hotel Cosmos.
Good room facilities for a pleasant stay
With a total of 1,777 rooms and suites, the large Hotel Cosmos is certainly used to seeing plenty of guests.
With over 1,300 Standard rooms, this is by far the most common room option chosen by guests at Hotel Cosmos. The price is really reasonable too, especially when you consider that you are staying in the capital city of the largest country on earth. Prices start from 2,900 RUB (approximately 39.50 USD) per night.
All Standard rooms have a private bathroom with a selection of miniature toiletries. Rooms have either a double bed or two single beds. Central heating and air-conditioning systems help to keep the rooms at a pleasant temperature. Ample storage space is provided by a large wooden wardrobe and several set of drawers, and there is also a long mirror, a desk, bedside tables, and a coffee table with two chairs.
A refrigerator, complimentary drinking water, satellite TV with a selection of Russian and international channels, free Wi-Fi, and a phone add to the comfort of rooms.
The décor and overall theme of the rooms may appear as though they are somewhat stuck in a time warp, but rooms are clean and reasonably comfortable. Expect muted floral patterns, carpeting that looks as though it was laid several decades ago (albeit clean), and a few small chips here and there from the furnishings. Large windows flood the rooms with light during the day, and ceiling lights, wall lamps, and free-standing lamps offer plenty of lighting options come the evening time.
Sleeping-wise, the beds are quite hard. But, the pillows are soft and the blankets are warm, so getting to sleep isn’t too difficult at all.
There are also 417 Superior rooms from 3,740 RUB (approximately 51 USD) per night. These are the same size as Standard rooms but have been modernised and refurbished. Additional features include an orthopaedic mattress and a trouser press.
Alternatively, you could stay in one of the few suites or apartments.
Extensive hotel facilities and amenities
With a staggering 11 eateries within the hotel offering a range of global cuisines, there really is something to suit even the pickiest of eaters. The large Kalinka restaurant offers buffet-style dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Jintang serves Chinese and Japanese favourites, Il Gusto offers Italian cuisine, and Terrasa serves European and Russian fare, such as dumplings and soups. Head up to the 25th floor and enjoy the sweeping views from Planet Cosmos whilst savouring Russian and European cuisine, and relax over dessert in the laid-back Vienna Café or the chilled out Shokoladnitsa Coffee Shop. There is a pizzeria, a Subway sandwich shop, a banqueting hall, and more!
If you’re feeling active, or if you’ve eaten a bit too much in one of the hotel’s many restaurants, the Fitness Centre might be just what you are looking for. You can pay daily or purchase a monthly pass, depending on your needs; the Fitness Centre is open to members of the public as well as hotel guests. As well as a modern and well-equipped gym you’ll find an enormous indoor swimming pool, a separate kids’ pool, saunas, traditional Russian banyas (steam rooms), Turkish baths, a hot tub, solariums, a relaxation area, and a sportswear shop. Various massages are available, in addition to manicures and pedicures. You could also join one of the fitness classes or an aerobics session. Treat yourself at the hairdressers, barbers, or beauty salon, and take care of your mind, body, and spirit in one convenient place!
The onsite gift shop is an ideal place to pick up some last souvenirs. Matryoshka dolls are particularly popular (hollow wooden dolls that stack inside each other).
Hotel Cosmos is also home to a popular Muscovite nightclub, Solaris. Open to hotel residents and members of the public, it attracts a diverse crowd of locals, expats, and tourists. The club can be accessed from the hotel lobby and from the street. As well as DJs spinning all the latest pop tunes, the club also regularly features varied events, including strip shows and themed nights. Food is available in the club, including popular dishes from Russia, China, Japan, and Italy.
Good location close to attractions and within easy reach of the city centre
Hotel Cosmos is located opposite the interesting VDNKh. Formerly known as the All-Russia Exhibition Centre and sometimes also abbreviated to VDNH, you can see some of VDNKh’s buildings from the hotel’s rooms. A huge complex, it showcases terrific examples of Soviet architecture. With more than 400 permanent structures, as well as beautiful fountains, pretty gardens, numerous statues, museums, and lively market stalls, plan to spend at least a few hours exploring VDNKh. Interesting pieces of architecture include the Pavilion of Atomic Energy, the main entrance gate, and the Central Pavilion. There is even a Russian space shuttle and a rocket! Take a stroll along the wide main path and get busy with your camera! Take a ride on Moscow-850, a large observation wheel, and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the site. Admission to the park is free, although there are charges to enjoy some features, such as museums, some exhibitions, Moscow-850, fairground rides, and special events.
The large Moscow Main Botanical Garden is next to VDNKh. The full name is Tsytsin Main Moscow Botanical Garden of Academy of Sciences, but it is often shortened. One of the biggest botanical gardens in Europe, it is home to many plant species from across the globe. Admission costs 200 RUB (approximately 2.70 USD).
The nearest metro station to Hotel Cosmos is VDNKh Metro Station. It is just a short walk of around 400 metres from the hotel. From here it takes around 15 minutes to get into the heart of Moscow. Moscow Metro is known for its ornate and opulent stations. Head underground and be dazzled by glitzy chandeliers, stunning art work, elegant columns, delicate archways, gleaming marble, exquisite carvings, and other beautiful touches. Take some time to enjoy some of the finest stations, such as Komsomolskaya, Elektrozavodskaya, Kiyevskaya, Novoslobodskaya, Shabolovskaya, Mayakovskaya, Park Pobedy, Ploshchad Revolyutsii, and Prospekt Mira. There really are so many!
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Other handy hotel services
Luggage storage facilities are available and the efficient members of staff can help to arrange trips and transportation. An airport shuttle service is available (additional fees apply). Reception is staffed around the clock.
There are laundry, dry cleaning, and ironing services, and when it comes to money you’ll find an onsite ATM and currency exchange facilities.
Stay at Hotel Cosmos for an incredible range of facilities and services, easy access to Moscow city centre, and great attractions right on the doorstep.
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