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Reviewed 17 November 2014

-after 4 years working & travelling in Russia, this was my first experience of a 'Turist' Hotel which are common throughout the country
-on the edge of city centre
-early check in provided - but that was the last positive
-alas, everything seemed too much for the impolite male receptionist.
-after check-in, he wanted to hold my passport for registration indefinitely and issue my credit card receipt much later. I politely requested these tasks were done as I waited, as in other hotels. It took him 5 minutes to complete! He wasn't busy !
-large moderately priced room
-WI FI very slow & frequently drops out completely
-no English TV channels
-accommodation & bathroom functional but extremely dated and need of refurbishment in many areas
-my room was at the front overlooking a busy city road. Before I made myself comfortable & did any unpacking, I politely requested a room change. My request was abruptly denied. The hotel was quiet, I saw few guests during my stay
-another irritation, the room card on a couple of occasions wouldn't open my door. Each time I went to reception seeking help, the card was reluctantly re-activated and slammed on the counter in front of me!
-one night was enough & I checked out first thing the following morning-there are better options in town
-I'm an experienced global traveller with significant Russia coverage, speak a little Russian and this hotel is not a highlight. I feel compelled to share my experiences with the travelling community.

Room Tip: -Sorry, try a different hotel-there are several other options in town
  • Stayed: November 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank NICHOLASGILROY
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Reviewed 25 August 2007

Elegant, newish five storey hotel with pleasant English speaking staff.

The hotel is about a 15 minute walk from the "Sakhalin Centre" where many western businesses have offices. There is a Christian church just around the corner from the hotel.

Room was very large and had hardwood floors, sofa, armchair, desk, double bed and color TV. Furniture was IKEA style but very tasteful.

Bathroom had marble tiled walls, bath/shower, bidet, bathrobe and heated towel rack. Everything is modern, spotlessly clean and top quality. Good amenity kit provided for guests.

There is no air-conditioning but a large electric fan keeps things cool. The windows open for fresh air.

There is a restaurant just off the lobby but it only opens at mealtimes. Buffet breakfast is included in rate. Usual items: eggs, bacon, yogurt, cereal, tea, coffee, juice. Tastiest feature though was the Russian oatmeal with fruit on top.

There is a casino on the main floor where you can exchange $US for Rubles at the going rate.

Across the street are three small convenience stores but nobody there speaks a word of English. If you can point, they can show you the price on an electronic calculator.

The only drawback for some people might be the lack of an elevator but regardless, this is a great place to stay.

I've travelled all across N. America and Europe and stayed with a lot of famous chain names but this beats 99% of them.

The "Tourist Hotel" was a very pleasant surprise!

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile
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Stayed: February 2018, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 November 2017
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 June 2017
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled on business
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