Kazan‘s mix of Eastern and Russian cultures make the Republic of Tartazan’s capital a treasure to explore. For those who venture into Russia‘s depths, there are plenty of sleeping options to choose from, whatever your budget. From indulgent hotels to low-key hostels, here are our top picks on where to stay when in Kazan.
Perched among other historical houses and architecture along one of Kazan’s most charming streets, this spot has been offering warm hospitality since the mid-1800s. The 49 rooms are spacious and come in singles through to suites. The excellent location means guests can access the Kremlin and all the central sights with ease. Appropriately, the cosy and inviting Giuseppe Restaurant offers an Italian and Mediterranean based menu, as well as a log fire for those romantic dinners.
About the place:Boutique, Cosy, Family Friendly, Romantic
It’s not often you find a kids’ club under the same roof as a strip club, but here it is. The Korston Royal is another glitzy and lavish hotel that is worth the visit to check out the restaurant and bar’s bright interiors and blinding lighting schemes, even if you’re not a guest. An entertainment complex with bowling, billiards, an 80s disco, a cinema and a bunch of options for the children, it’s never a boring night in. The multiple eating choices offer a global array of food, and the slew of clubs and bars means you can grab a drink or a dance no matter what music you’re into, any time of day.
About the place:Shopping, City, Modern
Just a hop, skip and a jump away from all of the action, the location of this hotel is excellent. Bauman street and all of the Kremlin’s sights are within a casual stroll, so home is never too far away. As the hotel is in a residential courtyard, away from the tourist thoroughfare and the main drag’s hubbub, you won’t be kept up at night. The ground floor restaurant, Aquarium, serves up seafood along with European, Asian and contemporary cuisine, and in summer you can curl up with a drink on the terrace.
About the place:Boutique, City, Modern, Romantic
This brightly coloured hostel offers 16 shared rooms and facilities for those on a budget. Cheerful, clean and central, the hostel is within an easy stroll down to the riverside, and is close to the Ministry of Agriculture – one of Kazan’s most interesting buildings. A modest kitchen allows for self-catering – guests can buy snacks from the hostel deli- though breakfast is provided for those who want it. The hostel has child-minding facilities, making it a good option for those travelling with children.
This hotel is well kitted-out for children, with a free kids’ club and multiple playrooms, making it 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 café and a karaoke club, nights spent in the hotel will be as fun as a night on the town.
About the place:Family Friendly, City
With a hint of Baroque style and housed in a classically influenced building, this elegant hotel will satiate refined tastes that want affordable comfort. The restaurant, which also caters for weddings and functions, offer Russian dishes as well as popular European foods. Alan Ash, the hotel’s café also serves up Russian favourites as well as Tartar delicacies, and treats and sweets from the bakery that can be eaten in or taken away with you as you set off to explore all the close by attractions, such as the Soviet Lifestyle Museum.
About the place:Boutique, Stylish
This is a big glitzy hotel with all the mod-cons and multiple libation and eating choices to prove it. Its main restaurant, Restaurant Opera, offers food all day long as well as a superb view of the Kremlin and serves up Tatar, European, Mexican and Japanese cuisine. Also serving Asian and European foods is the Joker Bar, a rock venue that hosts local and touring bands. If you want a little more interactive fun, head to the karaoke room and belt out a song in a language that suits you. There is also the lobby bar, for those wanting a quieter evening.
About the place:All-inclusive, City, Modern
Jutting out from the Kazan skyline, the Grand Hotel is a modern building for a modern hotel complex that offers large function and corporate rooms, as well accommodation with panoramic views of the city. Restaurant Koltzo specialises in Russian and Tatar food, in addition to serving up the buffet breakfast each day. Snuggle up in the lobby bar, open all day long and offering snacks and nibbles into the night. The multilingual staff can help organise sightseeing tours if needs be, and for ravenous carnivores there is also a steak club in-house.