It is not simple to choose where to stay in Moscow. The Russian capital is a huge city, with hotels and sights scattered throughout almost all its central districts. Staying in the right place is critical to being able to enjoy your days in the city and know its main attractions.
It is important to choose where to stay depending on how you want to get around the city and how long you will be in Moscow. Public transport from the Russian capital is very well served, with very wide subway lines that take you to virtually every corner of the city. In addition, the central sights can be visited on foot as they are close to each other.
Because there are so many attractions, it is important for you to plan well, think of a road map and of course have a good place to rest at the end of the day.
To make the most of everything the city offers, we have made this guide to the best neighborhoods and regions of Moscow. In each place we indicate good hotels, with the best locations, so you don’t get lost when you land in the city.
It is best to stay in Central Moscow
Moscow is a huge and super modern city. You may get a little lost at first, but it’s not difficult to understand the best locations. The trickiest thing might be to find yourself in the middle of Cyrillic alphabet signs, but with a cell phone in your hand and patience, anything is possible.
In general, just like in St. Petersburg, the closer to the Center the tourist is, the better. In this region, it is a little more difficult to find economic options, but they exist.
Hotels like Maroseyka, near Kitay-Gorod Station and Tverskaya, which is five minutes from the Kremlin, are good examples.
There are many advantages to being near the Center: hotels are better and easier to walk around the city, mainly because the most famous places are located there.
Outside the Center, look for accommodations near the subway
Those who want to save a little more money on accommodation should look for hotels outside the Center, using public transportation to get around.
The good news is that the Moscow subway is very large and with it, you can travel all over the city. There are many branching lines from the Center, in addition to a circular branch, greatly facilitating movement around the city.
These Moscow traffic circles, by the way, called rings, are great references when it comes to knowing if your accommodation is well located or not.
Rings are a way of dividing the city and facilitating the chaotic traffic in Moscow. Each has a special feature and its residents are super attached to their rings, something that can even be described as barbarism.
Ideal for a tourist looking for a place to stay in Moscow is to seek accommodation only within the three central rings:
- Boulevard ring
- Garden ring
- Third Ring Road
Boulevard Ring is the old White City (White City, or Belarusian Gorod), named after it because the wall was white. As Moscow was the target of many invasions, one of the defense mechanisms was the walls around the city. Today the white walls have given way to beautiful wooded spaces.
The Garden Ring is the second and most noble ring in the city. Despite its name, it does not have as many gardens as Boulevard Ring.
Inside the Boulevard Ring and Garden Ring are the best hotels in Moscow. In the latter, however, it is easier to find cheap options, as it is not so sought after by tourists.
Third Ring Road
The last and most modern ring is the Third Ring Road. In 2003, it was revitalized, with numerous controversies arising from demolitions and reorganization of the city.
Being a new area, there are several hotels in more modern buildings than the central ones, but staying so far is only suitable for those who have many days in the city.
Where to stay in Moscow: the 6 best neighborhoods in the city
The best neighborhoods to stay in Moscow branch from the central region. They include one piece of Boulevard Ring and expand into the other two rings, the Garden and the Third Ring Road.
Therefore, all the neighborhoods mentioned here cross the three rings. When looking for a place to stay, you will find in the same neighborhood hotels that may be either near or far from the Center. The value of the accommodation, therefore, does not depend on the neighborhood where it is located, but on the proximity to the center.
Here are the six best neighborhoods to stay in Moscow:
Regardless of the neighborhood, however, we listed below only hotels and hostels located on Boulevard Ring or Garden Ring, the most central areas of Moscow.
Tverskoy is the noblest neighborhood of Moscow. It is also the closest to the historical and tourist center.
Staying here leaves the visitor close to Red Square, the Kremlin, and the Bolshoi Ballet.
In addition to being the city’s most elegant neighborhood, there is a buzzing nightlife in Tverskoy. The region can be an even better choice if you like bars and music venues.
In the neighborhood are our top Moscow accommodation recommendations, such as:
- The Megapolis Tverskaya, which is within the Boulevard Ring;
- Florian Hotel, which is also on Boulevard and near the Chekhovskaya subway;
- The Art Hotel Che, which is located in the Garden Ring, is a more economical option.
See more accommodation alternatives in Tverskoy.
Although it also has many bars and restaurants, Basmanny is a quieter neighborhood than Tverskoy. It is the ideal place for those who like to walk calmly and for those traveling with family.
The region does not have so many famous attractions, but staying there leaves the visitor protected from the hustle and bustle of downtown without being too far from its main attractions.
In Basmanny our main recommendations are the hotels around Kitay-Gorod Station, all located on Boulevard Ring:
- Hotel Maroseyka
- Eden Hotel
- Costs Hotel Lubyansky
View other available hotels in Basmanny.
A former working-class neighborhood, Arbat has been revitalized in recent years and today it is a place that attracts young people, because of its more alternative and trendy style, having different cafes, several restaurants, art galleries, and a great cultural life.
Many poets, writers, musicians, and artists, in general, lived on Arbat, is a neighborhood full of art and a little bohemian.
Arbat Street is great for walking, as is the whole neighborhood in general.
There the biggest offers are of seasonal apartments. But for those looking for a traditional hotel in the boulevard Ring neighborhood, a good alternative is the Vremena Goda Hotel, which is very close to the Arbatskaya subway.
Like Arbat, Khamovniki was also a working-class neighborhood and is now revitalized. The two areas are very similar and are good places if you enjoy cultural programs such as art exhibitions, restaurants, and bars.
In Khamovniki, however, stand out the hostels. For those looking for a hostel, the neighborhood has some very good ones located very close to the Kremlin. These include:
In the neighborhood near the center is the famous Christ the Savior Cathedral and the Pushkin Museum. A little further away, but with nearby subway stations, are Smolensk Cathedral and Novodevichy Convent.
We can say that Presnensky is currently Moscow’s fashion bar. It is north of Boulevard Ring and is full of restaurants, including the iconic and expensive Pushkin Café.
Presnensky stands out from other districts of Moscow precisely because it is more modern. Its buildings are very tall in the best skyscraper style and with a very new and fresh architecture, becoming the new commercial area of Moscow, with several companies and international offices building base there.
Zamoskorechie is an administrative profile neighborhood in Moscow. It is also one of the most modern with bike paths and pedestrian areas.
The name of the neighborhood means behind Moscow (the river), indicating its location just south of Red Square.
In addition to great restaurants, Zamoskorechie has the Tretyakov Gallery and Gorki Park (worth a subway ride there), which is also a great tour option.