I stayed at the Comrade hostel in Moscow last April. It's a tiny hostel, but most of them are. I'm led to believe that hostels need to pay fees to the Mafia, so people run really small places that look like apartments with no signs outside. This is no exception and doesn't have a sign outside, just a tiny hostelworld/bookers sticker on the door.
The guy who runs the place is incredibly helpful, however, and booked our train tickets for us - a difficult feat for people who don't speak Russian and was happy to give advice. He even took some of the other guests out for lunch and on a train journey day trip. The place is clean, but basic, the real draw are the staff (really just one guy - terribly I can't remember his name).
The location is fantastic - about five minutes walk from Red Square.
Comrade Hostel - Maroseyka street 11, 3rd floor, 101000
Fantastic hostel in an unbeatable location within a stone's throw of the Kremlin and Red Square. Experience the decidedly un-Chinese Kitay-Gorod (Chinatown) area of Moscow for only 700рб per night. Can issue visa invitations too.
Maliy Zlatoustinskiy, Moscow 101000
The people were so friendly there and they have an amazing balcony that overlooks the whole of Moscow. We had so much fun out on the balcony, it's 20 meters long and connects all the rooms, so we naturally met the other people who stayed there. Sophie, one of the owners served up fresh coffee every morning, exacly what I needed after a heavy night out.
Next to Metro Mayakovskaya, Bolshay Sadovaya. www.topfloormoscow.com
I had a very poor experience when I stayed here. First of all, the location - it's in a very dark, secluded area of Moscow and I've heard several visitors have gotten into sticky problems returning home in the evening. Second, the building and the hostel are in a dilapidated condition. Third, expect to wait for a long time to get to the toilet and the shower - if you ever reach it.
Hostel on Tverskaya, really close to Kremlin. I stayed there and loved it! It's really cheap and has great beds, internet so forth. It has to be the best hostel in Moscow!
1st Tverskay Yamskaya, House #7, apartment 38;
tel: 095 200 5741; www.sweetmoscow.com
Godzilla hostel is the only hostel in Moscow located inside the Garden Ring (the avenue that circles the centre of Moscow). Not many people know about it, but it's quite a nice place with dorm rooms, kitchen, shared bath and toilet. A bed is $25 (£15) per night.
Bolshoy Karetny 6, ap 5; nearest metro: Tsvetnoy Boulevard or Tverskaya; www.godzillashostel.com
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