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Oktyabrskaya Hotel
Ranked #28 of 31 Hotels in Volgograd
Reviewed 26 February 2011

As others have said, this hotel isn't perfect and modern, but it was one of my most enjoyable stays of the trip because of how Russian this place was.
The staff were lovely, checked us in and registered our visas fast with no problems. Breakfast was simple but it was fresh and nicer than the buffet rubbish I'd had at more expensive hotels.
Our room was the same suite as the one pictured a few reviews down, I enjoyed having all that room to spread out. Kitschy and probably too old looking for some, but comfortable and very clean. There wasn't much heating, but I prefered it to the overheated rooms we had experienced elsewhere. The temperature was comfortable, not boiling. I had no problems getting a comfortable sleep each night. The only hotel in our whole trip in Russia that actually had a kettle to make tea, which is a plus.

The location of this hotel is fantastic, 5 minutes from the station, overlooking a gorgeous park, and a quick walk to the city centre with all it's shops and cafe's.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 July 2010

I feel the other reviews are pretty unfair to this hotel. Its a typical Russian hotel of the late Soviet period in whats an unglamourous typical Russian city! No frills nor fancies. Nor does it pretnd to be anything else. Lobby, reataurant & cafe bar are fine, functional and clean. Breakfast is good. Rooms alas are a bit dated & run-down albeit very clean. And more so, everything – tv, fridge, fan , bathroom – works. Staff were most pleasant and helpful – less of the aloof attitude I found elsewhere in upper end places. As other reviewers have said – approach with the right attitude and you’ll get a lot out of the experience. I stayed in a higher end hotel in Moscow .... and could have been anywhere between Alaska & Vladivostock. This was a grittier but far more enjoyable experience. If you want “real russia” – warts & all ..... this is where to find it. Russia Lite is catered for in the Intertourist & Hotel VolgogradReal Russia

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 October 2009

I agree that some reviewers may be a little unfair to this hotel. It's certainly not a fancy Western-style hotel in any way. Don't expect beautiful bathrooms with marble counters, luxury accomodations, or even internet service (there is none). Staff is friendly, and some speak a little English. There's a small elevator for access to upper floors.

Free breakfast in hotel's restaurant, which is on first floor off the main lobby. Simple Russian-style breakfast, with dry bread, white bread roll, cheese and perhaps sliced meat, and cottage cheese patties, which are actually pretty good. Like the hotel, nothing fancy, but for many, the price will be right. Restaurant seems clean.

My room was a suite with bedroom, living room with small TV, and what could be called a dining room with a refrigerator that I didn't use. Bathroom is definitely old-world Russian style, but was relatively clean. Saw no roaches or other bugs during my short stay. Bed wasn't the best I've ever slept on, and pillows a little thin for some tastes. Linens are the typical Russian sheet/blanket that are joined together, unlike separate layers most Americans will be used to. Linens were clean.

Location is actually pretty good. It's about a 3-block walk (perhaps 5-10 minutes) to the center of town, maybe another 5 minutes to walk down the Alley of Heroes to the waterfront. Perhaps 15 minutes, if that, to walk to underground Tram stop underneath Ulitsa Lenina. There are numerous restaurants and cafes in center of town, plus the two large tourist hotels which are both also located there. Walk to/from hotel does require walking along the edge of a park for maybe 100 meters; a little dark at night, and there are often teenagers hanging out, but frankly they seem harmless and are probably just looking for a quiet place to get together and drink with their friends.

Hotel will call a cab for you upon departure to the airport, about a 30 minute ride that in legitimate cab shouldn't cost more than 700 rubles (as of late 2009).

Hotel never received a reservation fax from one of the on-line travel companies, so I had no reservation when I arrived, but after an extensive search, they simply set me up with a room. Staff was cooperative, given limitations with language. There's no internet access (use one of the downtown cafes), and cable TV is mostly limited to Russian channels. This is the type of hotel many middle-class Russians on business will come to, so in some ways, it's an interesting insight into Russian life outside the glamour of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Definitely not a high-end experience... if you're after that, you should reserve early at one of the big tourist hotels, the Intourist or the Best Eastern Hotel (not to be confused with this one, which is several blocks away). Approach it with the right attitude, though, and it's an affordable look into what some would call the real Russia, in a real Russian industrial city.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 June 2009

I feel the other reviews are a little unfair to this hotel. Go with an open mind and enjoy the experience of staying in a typical Russian hotel of the late Soviet period! Just dont expect the fittings and service to be upto that which you expect of a business class hotel in Western Europe or America. It helps enormously if you are prepared to TRY to speak a little Russian! I found the staff helpful. There was no problem checking in early after an overnight train trip, they registered my visa efficiently. My room was a bit dated but had a balcony with a pleasant outlook over a park, it was cleaned and serviced every day. Everything worked. My room lacked air-conditioning but I was provided with a fan. Breakfast first morning was 3 fried eggs, bead, cheese, and coffee, 2nd day it was sausages, peas, bead, cheese and coffee. This type of breakfast is quite usual in Russia with the only choice being between tea and coffee.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 April 2008

I only stayed here for an hour,

I had booked a suite through Expedia but when I arrived was given a standard room as the suites were fully booked

On arrival, look up and see the stains on the roof, this hotel is poorly maintained and badly needs refurnishment

I went to my now standard room, which was awful, the room was not mush bigger than the bed (which the mattress was wafer thin) the light fitting was barely attached to the wall, the AC did not work and the bathroom was a nightmare (the towels must have been older than me!)

I quickly decided to change hotels, the only good point is that I did get a full refund

Avoid

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Oktyabrskaya Hotel

Address: Kommunisticheskaya St., 5A, Volgograd 400131, Russia
Region: Russia > Southern District > Volgograd Oblast > Volgograd
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #28 of 31 Hotels in Volgograd
Hotel Class:2 star — Oktyabrskaya Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 184

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