With so many hotels to choose from it can be difficult choosing the right hotel for your needs. What is the parking like? Do they allow pets? Are there city taxes to consider? These are just some of the many questions to consider. While some travellers enjoy browsing the many hotel comparison websites on the market in order to get the best last-minute deals, for others it is easier and often less hassle to book the hotels, visas and travel arrangements all in one place.
This post will provide all the information you need to know about booking your hotel in Russia and why booking with us is best.
Booking a hotel in Russia is usually like booking a hotel anywhere, however, there are a few things to consider:
You do not need to have a hotel booked in advance to get a visa
Unlike China, you will not need to have your accommodation sorted in advance in order to get a visa unless you are classed as a ‘high-risk migration nationality’*. If you are classed as a ‘high-risk migration nationality’ you will have to book a hotel for the whole duration of your stay in Russia in order to be issued a Russian visa support document (Letter of Invitation).
*High risk national include most of the Middle East, Africa and South-East Asia (excluding China and India)
Christmas holidays fall differently in Russia
While the Christmas period usually extends from around 25th December to 1st January in the UK and most of Europe, Russia works on the Orthodox Julian calendar for religious celebration days which span from around 1st to 7th January. So, when booking a hotel around Christmas bear in mind that work traffic will likely still be around on Christmas week and that many services in Russia will be closed or reduced between 1st and 7th January.
Christmas (both Western and Orthodox), New Year and public holidays are usually busier and therefore usually more expensive.
In Moscow, trade fairs and exhibitions run throughout the year which may cause hotels to charge higher room rates at their discretion dependent upon local conditions and available for rooms.
In St. Petersburg, you can expect to pay higher room rates during the peak tourist season from May to August.
We are always looking to offer our customers the best deals on hotels in Russia, so if you book 3 nights or more in Russia, we will issue you with a Russian visa support (Letter of Invitation) free of charge.
To learn more about the visa support, please see the Russian visa support section on our website.
To browse a full list of the hotels we have available and complete your booking, please see our accommodation page.
If you have further questions about the visa support or booking your hotel with us, please contact our team directly and we will be happy to assist.