In a rush to plan your next Russian getaway? We love Samara for its outdoorsy attitude, Soviet history and reasonably priced hotels. Here are the best wallet-friendly places to stay – all bookable on Culture Trip.
After Moscow and Saint Petersburg, put Samara on your hitlist. On the largest bend of the Volga River, the city has the longest embankment in Russia, perfect for romantic strolls and early morning jogs. History buffs can explore Soviet landmarks, such as Stalin’s underground bunker or the vast Kuybyshev Square. And for those looking to lose themselves in nature, the nearby Zhiguli hills and river islands provide a break from the bustling city.
Hotel Furor is a comfy hotel in downtown Samara, just steps from Revolution Square. With more than 20 standard and deluxe rooms, it’s ideal for business trips or short getaways. For those seeking extra space, Furor also offers full apartments. The hotel has an ideal range of amenities, including a restaurant-bar and a conference hall large enough for even the grandest get-togethers.
In the residential core of the city, House on Potapova is ideal if you’re looking to escape the centre and see more of everyday Russian life. Walkable highlights include Gagarin Park, which honours the space-agency heritage of Samara, as well as the family-friendly Gorky Central Park, where you can admire sculptures and a fountain as you walk towards the river. The hotel offers unique rooms of all sizes, from doubles to business suites to two-floor apartments.
Art Inn is a great choice for families seeking a budget base from which to explore the city. It’s a little further from the centre, but you can easily get around using the nearby thoroughfares and public transit. When not exploring the city or wider Volga region, enjoy the in-house cafe, plus nearby parks and the botanical garden.
Hotel Trend prides itself on style and comfort – the decor is marked by bright colours and contrasts, creating a light and fresh atmosphere. Booking in won’t break the bank, but will come with neat extras. Both breakfast and transfers from the airport, train and bus stations are included in the price, leaving you more time to plan outings and adventures.
Hotel VESTA is an excellent option if you’re looking to spend time in the southwest – the location is ideal for those keen to explore the Samara River on its way to the Volga confluence. This hotel takes advantage of its location by offering more spacious rooms than would be possible in the busy city centre. Six types are available, ranging from budget doubles to deluxe options.
Khostely Rus is a backpacker’s haven in the middle of downtown Samara. It has five separate dormitory rooms, ranging from four to 10 beds, with mixed and gender-segregated options. Breakfast comes included with a night’s stay. Rus is ideally placed for checking the main Samara sights – it’s a few blocks from the opera house, the Volga embankment, and the main streets for eating and shopping.
In old Samara, Hotel Tonika occupies a historic building built by Russian architect and merchant Anton Shikhobalovy. It currently hosts 24 rooms, including larger suites for families and couples. The hotel is across the street from the central synagogue, just a stone’s throw from Vysotsky Square. It’s just a block to the pedestrian zone of Leningradskaya Street, which is dotted with fountains, benches and some of the best eating and shopping in the city.
Hostel Kamelia is a great option for backpackers looking to take a break in the middle of the old city. It has four separate dorms with unique interior design (note: shared bathrooms), plus a fully equipped kitchen for independent travellers. The hostel is within walking distance of a large number of museums presenting the history of the region and local lore. If nightlife is what you’re after, the liveliest bars are just a 10-minute stroll away.