Yekaterinburg is a modern city and the ideal base from which to explore the Urals and surrounding nature. As a major stop on the Trans-Siberian, it attracts all sorts of travellers ready to discover the gems of this vibrant city. With decadent hotels and cheerful hostels, here’s our pick of the best places to stay in Yekaterinburg.
For the classiest stay with the ultimate view of the city, nothing beats Visotsky Hotel. On the top floors of the second tallest building in the city, it offers rooms, apartments and VIP suites, each with a spectacular panoramas and drenched in opulence. The most decadent are the Baroque-style VIP suites, which are lavishly decked-out with Jacuzzis, chandeliers and appropriately luxurious decor. Open 24 hours, grab a late night drink at Vladibar, the hotel’s bar and restaurant, or relax in the health spa, located on the 51st floor.
Conveniently located across from the train station, this large, three-star hotel offers simple, clean and comfortable rooms with all the amenities you would expect, without a ridiculous price tag. The two restaurants serve Russian, international and fast food, as well as sushi. There is a nightclub on site for when you don’t want to venture out, but don’t really want to stay in either. Handy for those who are just passing through, the hotel also offers a same-day laundry service.
With crisp clean rooms in an old Soviet communal house, the charming DoBeDo integrates Soviet constructivism with modern style. Its relaxed and welcoming atmosphere invites you to make yourself at home in its small casual surroundings. Right in the heart of Yekaterinburg, it’s a stone’s throw from all the major sights and restaurants, and the friendly multilingual staff can offer recommendation for places to go. As a hotel/hostel it’s an affordable choice when visiting the city, accommodating those on a budget as well.
Close to Cathedral upon the Blood and the State Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Hyatt Regency is located on the banks of Iset River in a recently developed part of the city, suitable for an indulgent stay. Contemporary architecture and stylish design coupled with modern conveniences make a stay here as luxurious as it is relaxing. Unwind in the spa fitness centre, or pool, or if you’re a foodie, take a masterclass with the hotel chefs and learn how to prepare some of the delicious meals on offer at the in-house restaurants and bar ranging from Mediterranean, Asian or contemporary Russian cuisine.
No frills, but with a price tag to match, the Art Hostel is a good budget option, especially if you want to stay somewhere with personality. Bright, colourful rooms with astro-turf lampshades make this hostel a unique experience. With only six rooms and a communal area with a basic kitchen set-up, it’s a good place to meet other travellers. There is another Art Hostel on Bankovsky Lane.
Chic and stylish, and in a great location, the Novotel is breezily cool and a great base when visiting the city. The understated elegance of the interior design invites you to relax and unwind in style. Its central location means you’re a casual stroll from the Beatles Monument, the Vysotsky Business Centre Look Out and the rest of the city’s offerings. For those travelling with kids there’s a free children’s club, so you can enjoy a drink at the bar or try a meal at the Olive Brasserie which offers Mediterranean and Russian cuisine.
A tribute to one of Russia’s great playwrights, Hotel Chekhov is both a museum and hotel, focusing in particular on the time he spent in Yekaterinburg on his way to Sakhalin in 1890. Intimate and small, it only has 20 rooms available for guests who are looking for a tranquil and relaxing escape while visiting the city. Housed in the former estate of a local merchant and with only 20 rooms, it is a short walk to the Michael Jackson Monument and the National Centre for Contemporary Arts. While there isn’t an in-house restaurant, its convenient central locations invites you to discover the nearby restaurants, bars and cafés.
Fitted-out with Italian furniture and smooth interiors, this smart hotel has great views of the neighbouring Park Green Grove. Each of the 94 rooms has a decor scheme featuring blocks of red against crisp white, making your stay sophisticated as well as comfortable. The restaurant prepares European and Russian cuisines, and for guests it is open 24 hours. Also open 24 hours is the Finnish-style steam room, complete with birch switches and a karaoke machine, for when you need a break from the heat.