Hordes of visitors will descend on Kazan for the World Cup, eager to get among all the festivities and action, so it might be a good idea to get a little organized before you go. Whether you want to stay near Kazan Arena, the Fan Fest zone, the Kazan Family Centre, or just somewhere central, here are our picks of hotels and hostels when in town for Russia 2018.
A huge, polished, if not swanky hotel complex that is an easy stroll away from the Kazan Family Centre promises an easy stay, and it is probably the best bet if you don’t want to compromise on comfort and convenience to the Fan Fest zone. The massive restaurant serves up Russian, European, and Chinese food, as well as Halal meals. The rooms are big and clean, and suites and apartments are available.
This is probably the most expensive hotel on the list, but if you are up for a bit of fun extravagance, this hotel is worth it. As part of the waterpark, complex guests can splash about the slides and the pools or relax and sunbathe on the private beach on the banks of the Kazanka River. Five restaurants, two bars, a rooftop terrace, and a nightclub ensure guests will never get hungry, thirsty, or bored any time of day. Located conveniently between Kazan Arena and the Fan Fest zone, it’s a good 30-minute walk to both or you can just jump on public transport.
This is a bright, cheap, clean hostel right across the road from the main station. Meander past the Kremlin, over to the Kazan Family Centre, or jump on bus number five to take you to the arena. It’s also not far from Bauman Street, where a lot of the cafés, restaurants, bars, and clubs are found.
This is a budget hotel that is clean and central. Close to the Kremlin, it is a stroll across the Kazanka River to the Fan Fest zone, or a short walk to the bus that will take you to a game. Its location means guests are in the heart of the city and close to all the main landmarks, should you want to squeeze some sightseeing in as well.
This is a ritzy hotel for those who want an easy trip. Centrally located, the Kremlin, Family Centre, and the major sights are easily accessed. Two restaurants, a nightclub, and an indoor pool bring convenience and relaxation close to your hotel room, although it’s a short stroll to strong coffee, good food, and Kazan’s renowned nightlife, should you want it.
Smack in the center of all the action, Hotel Art is a mid-range hotel that is located near to anything that you want. Jump on that bus number five to take you to the stadium or the metro can take you to the Family Centre. It is an easy stumble home from the glut of bars and clubs around Bauman street, or you could roll out of bed and wander over to one of the several coffee shops along the back streets for your recovery coffee.
Happy House Hostel
Close to Hotel Art, Happy House Hostel is just as convenient, but cheaper. They are full of colorful, cheerful dorms that have that casual, social hostel air to them. It’s good for solo travelers, 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 ruckus of Bauman Street is nearby, as is all the central sights, including the Soviet Lifestyle Museum. Both the Fan Fest zone and the stadium are easily reached by public transport.
This is a small budget hotel towards the top of Bauman Street. It may be no frills, but it is clean, friendly, and does the job. Besides, there is a certain charm to the dated décor of the rooms. While there is no restaurant attached to the hotel, its prime location means guests are a stumble away from nightlife, sights, restaurants, and bars, as well as being well connected by public transport to the Russia 2018 sites.
Centre Hotel Kazan Kremlin
A slick hotel for those who want to travel in comfort and style, the Russia 2018 sites are easily accessed by public transport here, and guests could even walk to the Fan Fest zone. Close to the Kremlin and Bauman Street, the city’s main cultural offerings are all nearby. The rooftop terrace is not only a great place to grab a drink and a snack, but the view of the city is lovely.
Close to the Kazan Family Centre, guests can roll out of bed and skip over to the action, so it is ideal for the avid fan who isn’t planning on seeing most of the games at the stadium, although it can be reached by bus without too much trouble. Across the river from the Kremlin, visitors can stroll over to the city center for when the excitement of World Cup 2018 gets too much.