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Reviewed 27 June 2012

Stayed in this hotel for two weeks, with the family. Hotel provides rooms with fully equipped kitchens, which was good. But the room we stayed in was very old, all furniture and carpets were really outdated. Room was badly smelling tobacco, and it was not possible to get rid of that smell in our clothes. We stayed on the ninth floor, and elevator went only up to 8th. Service is close to absent, breakfast is same limited choice every day. There is good Indian restaurant inn the same building - Taj Makhal - so far one of best food serving restaurants in town. Location of hotel is convenient -walking distance to center. But be cautious and do not walk alone during dark time - area is not illuminated.

Date of stay: August 2011
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1  Thank Ainur_kaken
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Reviewed 22 June 2011

Pass through here very regularly.
Hotel is basic but comfortable as all room are apartment types and have facilities for cooking.
Location is pretty central in Yuzhno so not too far to walk if you like, taxis are readily available and cheap.
Indian restaurant next to hotel but pricy, food not too bad.
Hotel restaurant is ok but not a great western choice, breakfast is basic.
Hotel has WI FI but you have to buy cards at the front desk.
Overall it’s reasonably comfortable and central.

Date of stay: June 2011
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2  Thank JamesStu
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Reviewed 21 July 2008

Well, for a full and comprehensive review of this Hotel, please read the other review, there's no point in me adding to it as i don't believe any points were missed. I'd just like to post an up to date review of how things are.

Food in the cafe: not really a breakfast person so can't comment on that, i'm quite a fussy eater, not keen on fish, so found the menu in the cafe quite limited for me, saying that, a few of the guys from my work have been staying there long term, and have very little complaints, so can't be that bad.

Food in the Indian: Very tasty, there's a spicy chicken dish that hits the spot, and good sized portions. Also, if you don't fancy eating in the restaraunt, they will deliver it up to your room, has to be the quickest delivery times ever, i think there was times the food was almost there before i got back to the room.

The Bar at the end of the block: Never ever busy in the 6 weeks i was there, probably venture in over 10 times in total and was lucky if there were ever more than 4 more people in the place, bar the staff.

Location: Pretty good for local supermarkets, banks and shops, all within block or 2 away.

Reception: Very good, with pretty good english and always willing to assist. Can arrange for a microwave or a DVD player for your room if not there already.

Date of stay: April 2008
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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2  Thank Scot_The_Explorer
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Reviewed 6 September 2005

The Natalya is 32 apartment style units which have large rooms, large windows, high ceilings and a retro feel. All units have a kitchenette with fridge, sink, and table with chairs. Half the units have a full living room, some fitted with an extra single bed, but most furnished with overstuffed leather couches and loveseats with coffee table, dresser units and TV. The bedroom in these larger apartments is roomy with queen size bed with nice duvets and a Scandinavian style armoir. There is an enclosed porch off the bedroom.

Half the units don't have the extra bedroom, but utilize the same size room as the living room for a roomy bedroom with the dresser and TV and also loveseat and table.

Ceiling mounted light fixtures are modern and tasteful. Toilet and shower have small separate rooms. The shower/bathtub is fed by a hose from the same plumbing as the bathroom sink which has a swing arm faucet.

All units have a foyer with armoir and low shelves for footwear storage.

The hotel staff is friendly and have varying skill with English. Visa cards are accepted for payment.

Besides having comfortable quarters, the Natalya has its own small cafe restaurant, complete with a small lounge area. The small dining room is enjoyable at lunch time, particularly if you take the window seat. Cuisine is local Russian home style cooking and is consistantly tasty, well prepared, and inexpensive. Pelmeni, the veal cutlet, and the halibut soup are recommended. Local beer, Baltika 3, is reasonably priced, but you will find imported wines to be very expensive. The salads are always fresh and are typically tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers.

There are two other very good restaurants in the same building with the Natalya. The Taj Mahal is a wonderful Indian cuisine restaurant with authentic Indian decorative accessories, very friendly and helpful servers, and a large variety of tasty dishes. Some are very spicy and are so identified. Don't forget to order Naan with your meal. This wonderful flat bread is served in several varieties including plain, butter, cheese, and garlic.

Finally, there is a bar and restaurant at the opposite end of the building from the Taj Mahal and located in the basement. It features live music after 8 PM. If you are dining late, it is advisable to sit at one of the tables in the bar area while eating, for although the music is enjoyable, the accoustics of the dining room make conversation impossible when the performers are on stage. Cuisine and service are similar to the Natalya Cafe. Pork cutlet (crimson sail), pelmeni, and baked fish dishes are all enjoyable with same type salads as the Natalya. Vegetables are served ala carte, so don't forget to order them separately.

Overall there is a sense of hominess at the Natalya and we have always enjoyed our stays here. It is easy walking distance to local shopping centers, the Sakhalin Center (business), the Chekov movie theater, and Lenin Park.

Date of stay: August 2005
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13  Thank Journey30640
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Reviewed 30 July 2018
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Date of stay: July 2018
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