Samara will be buzzing during Russia 2018. Kuybyshev Square, the competition’s Fan Fest zone, will be rammed, and all the bars, clubs and restaurants will be heaving. So why not stretch your money further with budget accommodation options, and have a look at these affordable hotels, hostels and Airbnbs.
Close to the beach, Nice Hostel is a cheap and colourful hostel that connects well to Kuybyshev Square with public transport. If you want to stretch your legs, you can also get to it with a healthy meander through town which will take you past some of the sights like Samara Modern Gallery. With only four rooms, the hostel is small and cosy, and is a great little option for those who want to be near to the water.
This spot is another bright hostel, close to the Volga River. The walk to the Fan Fest zone will also take you through some of the city’s main attractions. Eleven clean, brightly coloured rooms provide affordable accommodation for those on a budget or in search of a good place to meet people if travelling solo.
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Stylish Loft, Samara I Courtesy of Airbnb
This flat is a cosy two-bedroom apartment close to the centre. The host has styled it well – exposed brick and minimal clutter make this a really stylish loft-style stay. Not too far away from the Fan Fest zone, it’s an ideal location if you plan to watch the games in Kuybyshev Square or catch a festival while in town. The apartment is in a secure block, complete with concierge, and is also near to the Botanical Gardens.
Also going by the names Gostinitsa 4 Sezona and the Four Seasons, this comfortable and cosy hotel has 15 rooms and suites for the taking. It is also right near the bus station. With a restaurant that serves up Russian meals, a bar and a sauna, it is an inviting place to explore the neighbourhood from.
Just 15 minutes from the train station, this comfortable home offers an easy stay in the city. The one-bedroom flat can sleep up to four people and is full of natural light. It is also close to restaurants and market, which makes this welcoming pad – which has everything you need to make yourself at home – a great base to explore the city from.
Green House, Samara I Courtesy of Airbnb
Smack in the centre of it all, the Fan Fest zone is within easy access and so is the beach. Whatever renovations have been made in the past, the host has done his best to make sure he used sustainable materials, so not only is this apartment stylish, it’s good for the planet as well. Close to Samara’s cafes, bars and restaurants.
Another great hostel if you’re in town to watch Russia 2018 at the Fan Fest zone. This simple hostel is only a 10-minute stroll away from Kuybyshev Square. The four mixed dorms are clean and cheerful, and there are laundry facilities as well as common areas to hang out in. Its central location means most of the city’s sights are not far away.
Another great find near Kuybyshev Square, this small, budget hotel is only a short stroll from the Fan Fest zone, and other central sights. The twelve rooms are all smoke-free and come with a complimentary continental breakfast, preparing you for a day packed with sight seeing and competition festivities. Also close to the train station.