Sleeping in budget accommodation stretches your travel dollar further, and in city like Kazan there are wealth of museums, galleries, restaurants and bars to discover. If you’re backpacking through Russia or just want a cheap deal, check out these affordable hotels, hostels and Airbnbs.
A bright, cheap, clean hostel right across the road from the main station. This large hostel has forty-three smoke-free rooms and multilingual staff, who are happy to help out with some local tips. The hostel is close to the central market and the Kremlin, and is also not far from Bauman Street, where many of Kazan‘s popular cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs are to be found.
Central Cosy Studio
While this exposed brick apartment can fit up to four people, it is a studio, so those four guests will be living in close quarters. Still, it is a stylish, clean-lined retreat in a modern apartment block in the heart of the city and its tempting restaurant scene. Near Tukaya Square metro station, it is well connected by public transport. Also close by are several theatres including the Puppet Theatre and Kamala Theatre, as well as the Lake Kaban Embankment and the commotion of Bauman Street.
This budget hotel is clean and central. Close to the Kremlin, it is a stroll across the Kazanka River to the Kazan Family Centre (the Russia 2018 Fan Fest zone). Its location means guests are in the heart of the city and so sightseeing is made easy. It is close to the city’s main landmarks, as well as art galleries and museums, and to Bauman Street, making it well-connected with public transport, should you want to venture out further.
This spot is a charming and cosy flat close to Bauman Street, as well as the theatres and universities. It’s only a 15-minute walk to the Kremlin, but you can see the Hermitage from the balcony view. It is surprisingly quiet despite being so close to everything, and there are cafes, a supermarket and a park all in walking distance. The host will even provide a transfer service on request.
An affordable three-star hotel with a pool, right near to the Kazan Family Centre and the Kyrlay Park Attractions. Across the river from the Kremlin, visitors can stroll over to the city centre for the sights, restaurants and nightlife – although the hotel has a nightclub of its own. The hotel also offers an airport shuttle.
Cosy and Quiet
Filled with decor and memorabilia collected from the host’s own travels and paintings she made herself, this delightful and cosy apartment can sleep up to four people. Also in the historic old Tatar settlement, it’s an easy walk to all the action, while still being quiet in the evening. It is close to bike rentals by the lake and is only a five-minute walk to the nearest metro station.
Happy House Hostel
Happy House Hostel is convenient and cheap, with colourful, cheerful dorms that have a casual, social hostel air to them. It’s good for solo travellers, those on a budget or for tourists who just want to soak up as much of the city as they can, without spending hand over fist for a place to sleep. All the buzz of Bauman Street is nearby, as are all the central sights, including the Soviet Lifestyle Museum. Both the Fan Fest zone and the stadium are easily reached by public transport.
This hotel is well kitted-out for children, and is a great hotel for the price. With a free kids’ club and multiple playrooms, Hotel Nogai is a top-pick if travelling with family. Its central location means the Kremlin, central market and the sports stadium are all close by. It offers a range of sleeping options, from spacious family apartments to stylish doubles. With a spa, sauna, gym, two restaurants, a cafe and a karaoke club, nights spent in the hotel will be as fun as a night on the town.
This brightly coloured hostel offers 16 shared rooms and facilities for those who are passing through on a budget. Cheerful, clean and central, it is an easy stroll down to the riverside and close to the Ministry of Agriculture. A modest kitchen allows for self-catering, however breakfast is provided to those who want it, and guests can buy snacks from its deli. With child-minding facilities, it is a good option for those travelling with children.