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Where to stay in Moscow? Best districts + Hotels

Looking for the best place to stay in Moscow?

Follow the guide, we have tested, listed and detailed for you the best areas to stay in Moscow as well as the best accommodation in this city that we love.

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Here are our 4 favourite places to stay, sorted by price category:

Note: Don’t delay booking as these are some of the most popular hotels in Moscow.

(€) Design-hotel Tchaikovsky. Cheap 3-star hotel in Moscow located 5 minutes from the Bolshoi Theatre and metro station and 2 km from the centre, close to points of interest. Rooms are spacious and quiet. Book here.

(€€) Crowne Plaza Moscow. Modern hotel located in the travellers’ favourite district, a 15-minute walk from the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral. Top fusion restaurant, fitness room and Spa! Very attentive staff. Book here.

(€€ ) ❤️ WineWood Moscow. Magnificent design hotel located in the Presnenski district, 2 km from the centre. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with views of the garden and terrace. The breakfast is copious. Book here.

(€€): 1 ART HOTEL. Located close to the city centre. This 4-star hotel offers room service and a 24-hour reception. With its large, fully-equipped rooms, it is ideal for families. Book here.

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The best area to stay in Moscow: the city centre

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The advantage of sleeping in central Moscow during your visit is that you’ll be close to the city’s cultural and tourist attractions.

You can get around everywhere on foot, or reach your destination in two metro stations.

The city centre is full of restaurants, fast food chains and shops, making it a convenient place to stay. Living here will make your stay more dynamic. You can immerse yourself in the lively neighbourhoods that are the soul of Moscow.

These districts are nevertheless very popular with tourists, but few Muscovites generally live there, as accommodation is expensive.

In fact, it’s a luxury to be able to fall asleep just a stone’s throw from Moscow’s most prestigious and famous monuments.

Here are our favourite hotels in the best district to stay in Moscow

Note: Don’t delay in booking as these are some of the most popular hotels in Moscow.

(€) Design-hotel Tchaikovsky. Cheap 3* hotel in Moscow located 5 min from the Bolshoi theatre and metro and 2 km from the centre close to points of interest. Rooms are spacious and quiet. Book here.

(€€) Crowne Plaza Moscow. Modern hotel located in the travellers’ favourite district, a 15-minute walk from the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral. Top fusion restaurant, fitness room and Spa! Very attentive staff. Book here.

(€€ ) ❤️ WineWood Moscow. Magnificent design hotel located in the Presnenski district, 2 km from the centre. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with views of the garden and terrace. The breakfast is copious. Book here.

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The tourist district where to stay in Moscow: the Kremlin district

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First of all, I’m going to tell you about the Kremlin district and Tverskaya , which is the historical and cultural district located exactly in the centre of Moscow.

Here you’ll find Red Square and the Kremlin, among other sights. Staying in this district of Moscow is convenient for tourists, as it has excellent transport links.

It is also very popular with pedestrians and has many picturesque alleyways.

Nevertheless, it is quite expensive to put your suitcases here, given the prime location of this district in Moscow.

I noticed that the accommodation in this district was top-of-the-range and therefore often very expensive.

Here are our favourite hotels in the tourist district where to stay in Moscow

Note: Don’t delay booking as these are some of the most popular hotels in Moscow.

(€) Design-hotel Tchaikovsky. Cheap 3-star hotel in Moscow located 5 minutes from the Bolshoi Theatre and metro station and 2 km from the centre, close to points of interest. Rooms are spacious and quiet. Book here.

(€€) Crowne Plaza Moscow. Modern hotel located in the travellers’ favourite district, a 15-minute walk from the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral. Top fusion restaurant, fitness room and Spa! Very attentive staff. Book here.

(€€ ) ❤️ WineWood Moscow. Magnificent design hotel located in the Presnenski district, 2 km from the centre. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with views of the garden and terrace. The breakfast is copious. Book here.

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The family district to stay in Moscow: Kitai-Gorod

One of the advantages of living in the centre is the liveliness. If you want to live in a lively part of Moscow, the Kitai-Gorod district is just the place.

It’s one of my favourite districts because it’s so interesting: it’s both the cultural and young district of the capital. What’s more, it has excellent transport links to other parts of Moscow.

This district is full of bars, cafés and clubs, making it a trendy and young part of the city. It also offers a wide range of good-value accommodation.

This is also where you’ll find the largest shopping centre in Russia: The Gum.

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One of the advantages of this district is that it is close to the city’s historic centre. So you’ll be sleeping right in the heart of lively, cultural Moscow.

Here are our favourite hotels in the district where to sleep in Moscow with children

Note: Don’t delay booking as these are some of the most popular hotels in Moscow.

(€) Design-hotel Tchaikovsky. Cheap 3* hotel in Moscow located 5 minutes from the Bolshoi theatre and metro station and 2 km from the centre, close to points of interest. Rooms are spacious and quiet. Book here.

(€€) Crowne Plaza Moscow. Modern hotel located in the travellers’ favourite district, a 15-minute walk from the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral. Top fusion restaurant, fitness room and Spa! Very attentive staff. Book here.

(€€ ) ❤️ WineWood Moscow. Magnificent design hotel located in the Presnenski district, 2 km from the centre. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with views of the garden and terrace. The breakfast is copious. Book here.

The district where to spend a romantic night in Moscow: Old Moscow

Just as touristy, you can also discover artistic Old Moscow in the Arbat street district, the city’s famous tourist street: this district is very lively and is also relatively close to the Kremlin and Red Square.

You’ll have the chance to live in an authentic part of Moscow, close to the city’s main attractions. Perhaps the only drawback is that this lively district is also noisy and very busy.

To guide you a little further, you should know that in the city centre you can find large hotel chains, from three to five stars, as well as luxury flats, which may not be suitable for tight budgets.

Here are our favourite hotels in the district where to sleep as a couple in Moscow

Note: Don’t delay booking as these are some of the most popular hotels in Moscow.

(€) Design-hotel Tchaikovsky. Cheap 3* hotel in Moscow located 5 minutes from the Bolshoi theatre and metro and 2 km from the centre close to points of interest. Rooms are spacious and quiet. Book here.

(€€) Crowne Plaza Moscow. Modern hotel located in the travellers’ favourite district, a 15-minute walk from the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral. Top fusion restaurant, fitness room and Spa! Very attentive staff. Book here.

(€€ ) ❤️ WineWood Moscow. Magnificent design hotel located in the Presnenski district, 2 km from the centre. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with views of the garden and terrace. The breakfast is copious. Book here.

Sleeping in Moscow away from the city centre

While the centre is attractive and dynamic, there are also many advantages to moving away from it: you may want to stay in more affordable accommodation than is available in the centre. Here are my recommendations for areas outside the centre:

Where to stay in Moscow The Chistye Prudy district

Moving away from the centre, you can go to the edge of the “boulevard belt” and choose accommodation in the Chistye Prudy district of Moscow

Although a little further from the heart of Moscow, it has excellent metro links and is within easy walking distance of Red Square (about 30 minutes).

The strange atmosphere of Chistye Prudy will fascinate you: modern architecture blending with the historic streets of old Moscow.

There are plenty of bars and restaurants to go out in the evening. The area is ideal for low-cost, affordable accommodation and a lively neighbourhood.

If you decide to move here, you’ll be close to the city’s major tourist attractions and easy to get to.

Sleeping in Moscow’s quietest district: Patriarch’s Ponds

Further west in Moscow, you will find the small Patriarch’s Ponds district, which is very pleasant for those who want to sleep in a quiet part of Moscow and enjoy walking and strolling through the streets.

Bordering a large pond, this district is often described as a haven of peace in the heart of this great megalopolis. There are also many popular restaurants here.

I particularly like this district for its authenticity and the folklore that you can guess from it. Accommodation here is also cheap.

There are lots of rented houses and flats. The district is slightly out of the way, but if you like walking, you can get to the city centre in 30 minutes.

Where to stay in Moscow? The residential district of Zamoskvorietchie

Finally, just one metro station from the centre, I discovered another quiet, peaceful district: Zamoskvorietchie.

Although this area is popular with tourists thanks to the Tretyakov Gallery, it is not very busy.

This quiet, residential area will give you a whole new perspective on the capital.

It is still close enough to the cultural and historic city centre for you to enjoy your visit.

Tips on choosing accommodation in Moscow to suit your budget

Whether you are moving in or just visiting Moscow, choosing where to live is very important to the success of your stay.

You may want to choose accommodation that is close to the centre, accessible and not too isolated. On the one hand, this will be more convenient for your visits and, on the other, you will be able to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the capital.

You can therefore choose accommodation in the centre, near the Kremlin, where Moscow’s lively, touristy atmosphere will make you appreciate the city all the more.

However, accommodation in this part of the city is often expensive and luxurious, so moving away from the centre can also be an interesting option.

I’ve visited plenty of pretty, more residential, less touristy areas that would make any traveller’s day. And let us know in the comments if you have any other hotels to recommend. In the meantime, bon voyage!

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