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Reviewed 16 August 2013

We ( me and my wife) reached Vladivostok at 1:30 AM from Hong Kong ( supposed to reach at 11:30 pm) on 3rd August, 2013 morning. We had similar experiences like rogainer but not that bad.... We booked this hotel through Bookings.com as we were aware that Vladivostok city was some 45 kms far away and we had to take another flight at 10:30 AM on 3/8/13 to Kamchatka. When we arrived at the airport, there was only one taxi counter and we were told that it would take some time to get a taxi and we could try our luck outside. We went to an Information counter ( a lady was working who could speak English when all the outlets were closed! ) and she informed that she could not call this hotel. We did not have roubles and there was no outlet in the airport to change the money. Finally, the taxi lady fixed a taxi and she informed it would cost rouble 250 to go to Raitex, suddenly, she found an opportunity ( of seeing two stranded Indians in Vladivostok area) and told Rouble 250 per person! Actually, few travellers were sleeping on the chairs provided in the airport and we considered that and rejected for having paid the full hotel tariff through Booking.com. After some 15 minutes, we got a taxi and the ride to the hotel on empty streets ( the last 200 mts on a dirt road) at 2 AM was only a nightmare which we would like to forget. When we reached the hotel, there was one staff and a reception lady and both were sleeping. Raitex is a small tourist hotel. We informed that we wanted to change the dollars to roubles to pay the taxi driver, the hotel lady told that she could not do as the cash box was locked! We were speaking in English and they were answering in Russian! Finally, with the good efforts of the hotel staff, the taxi fellow took USD 50 from me and gave the change in roubles! After this, we slept in this hotel for about 3 hours ( the rooms were big and was provided with a hot water shower ) and after a very small breakfast, we went to the airport and this time we simply pulled out 200 Roubles which the taxi guy accepted and went off. This is the normal fare!

Then we entered the airport with a huge bill board glowing in neon " Vladivostok International Airport " in Russian ! We changed the money and had a good breakfast in the airport and took our flight!

Anyway, the ride to the hotel and a stay in that hotel Raitex at 2 AM was a good pointer to us as what we should next time while traveling in an alien country in the middle of the night!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

Artem is the part of Vladivostok closer to the airport, so this hotel is well-located for a short one-night stay-over. I have no idea what it offers within immediate walking distance.

Reception staff were very helpful sorting out documents, and the café staff were exceptional. Room was more than adequate for the one night.

Extra-ordinary TAXI experience: I did my research and knew that 200-300R was about the right fare from the airport to Raitex. At baggage collection I was told I needed to buy a taxi ticket at the official taxi stand there, and pre-pay: I showed the paperwork of the Raitex Hotel and was told 1500R was the fare. No amount of discussion could gain me any headway on this amount though I was 95% certain I was being fleeced [I rationalised it as my contribution to foreign aid that day].

Outside the terminal I was directed to the correct taxi where the driver immediately looked at my 1500R receipt and said that's too much, it should be 300R, and to cut a long story short he refunded the balance when I alighted. Net result was I had a very positive view of Vladivostok, and driver-777 received a good tip. Surely, someone can fix up the nonsense at the official taxi stand at baggage collection.

For many tourists, taxis are the first impression of a new city so it is vital that the service, communication and charging meets the customer-service standard of any good hotel. It is not hard, and this driver set the standard - thank you.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2018, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: November 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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