Although Yekaterinburg has a great range of hotels, many travellers prefer to rest their feet somewhere with a homely touch. If you prefer an Airbnb, here are some of the top picks the city has on offer.
If you want to stay near the train station and close to the action, this bright, spacious two-bedroom spot is a good choice. It can sleep up to nine people, and the host prefers to book in families. Others who want to lodge here must be older than under 23. This spot is close to North side sights, such as the Church upon the Blood, Ural Writer’s Museum and the city lakes, and it’s near the historic Dynamo building.
Right in the centre of everything, this flat is a good option for group bookings, as it can sleep up six people. Bright, colourful and cheerful, the flat is right near the Plotinka promenade, where Lenin Avenue crosses over the Iset River. Central sights and a variety of restaurants and bars will be at your doorstep, and it is near a metro station, as well, if you decide to explore a little further out.
This snazzy studio flat can sleep up to three people. Bright and sparkly, the flat is a good option for those travellers who are on a city break and want to enjoy sites such as the Press House—one of the best spots in town to catch a music gig—the city ponds, and the Church upon the Blood. If you’d rather stay in, guests are welcome to enjoy the Jacuzzi. The flat is so good the host has reached superhost status.
Although a bit on the pricey side, this flat might be your only chance to sleep in a constructivist masterpiece. The loft studio is in Chekist Town, the name locals have given the former KGB complex, which is among the most iconic buildings in the city. The host is an artist, and so this bright and light loft has a lot of style and charm.
Another central gem, this cosy studio apartment is suitable for two people and has everything you’ll need to make yourself at home, including a large bed in front of the TV and a balcony where you can unwind while taking in the view. Close to the Vysotsky Tower (the building that offers the best view in town), as well as cafés and restaurants, this flat is well connected by public transport and offers secure parking, if required.
This simple one-bedroom flat can sleep up to four people and has everything you need to make yourself at home, including coffee, food, entertainment and the central sights, which are just outside your door. The metro station is only about a 10-minute walk, and it is a short stroll to Ulitsa Vaynera (Wiener Street), which is a pedestrian area lined with shops, cafés and statues.
This cosy two-room apartment can sleep up to six people and is next to the train station, which is ideal for those who have early morning trains or who want to take a break from the Trans-Siberian. The host has been amendable to charging by the hour if you need extra time before your departure, so be sure to ask. Also, don’t forget to take advantage of the disco ball!
Central yet quiet, this comfortable studio apartment can fit up to four people and is close to the Central Stadium, so if you’re in town to catch the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it’s a good option. It’s also close to a metro station, supermarkets and a handful of cafés, and it’s an easy walk into the city centre to the restaurants along Lenin Avenue, as well as museums and the Iset River Embankment.