Day One of the 2018 World Cup will begin as most events do – with a ceremony, followed by a bit of coveted sports action. In the inaugural match, Russia will play Saudi Arabia. Both teams tend to be underestimated and not immediately discussed as possible winners. Nevertheless, the first game will quickly reveal what the teams are capable of, and perhaps statistics will yield to the hopes of fans for the nonce.
Where to Stay in the that City of Moscow?
So, you will be able to pick from two different hubs. The events will take place at Luzhniki and Spartak. You will do well to drop by the World Cup website and see where separate events are going to be held. However, the opening ceremony along with the finals will be on Luzhniki.
Logistics can be challenging. Accommodation around Luzhniki is rather limited, but there are more places you could stay, spread out further in the city. Metro stations, however, could be problematic, because the government tends to close the tube for safety reasons after a big game.
Picking Hotels Near Luzhniki
It may be a tad difficult to book at this point, but there is a number of well rated venues that you may want to try, including:
- Villagio Hotel – a designer hotel with clean spaces and homely atmosphere. It exudes royalty without overstuffing spaces with unnecessary pieces of furniture. It is easily accessible by taxi within 10 minutes.
- Apelsin Hotel on Tulskaya – a less royalist interior but certainly a cosy venue to get a proper rest following the games. Located within 10 minutes by car and therefore quite up on the accessibility
- Jedi Hostel –if you are all about the communal spirit, you will be absolutely thrilled to visit the modern, hipster place which offers many opportunities to hobnob and greet your fellow football aficionados. Slightly farther out from the stadium, it would take you 15 minutes to get there.
- Apelsin Hotel on Park Pobedy – Modest, clean, and comfortable, Apelsin is removed from the hubbub of the football tribulations. You may appreciate this if you want to escape from the maddening crowd. You will need roughly 12 minutes to get there by car.
- 999 Hotel – A hostel which is nearby the stadium, you may share a bunk bed or just ask for a separate room. Spaces are extremely comfortable, well-kept and clean. If you don’t mind sharing common sleeping spaces with other guests, then this may be the right fit for you. Again, it’s located 10 minutes away from the stadium.
Prices for all hotels range between $100-$150 per person per night. A rather reasonable amount given it’s the World Cup.
Visiting Good Old Spartak Stadium
Spartak may be a bit better when it comes to a quieter area. Still, with its 45,000-man capacity, it would be just as busy. The stadium is set to host five games. Meanwhile, if you are looking for budget options, Spartak will certainly be your first pick. However, you will be far from Luzhniki. And that’s a bit of a downside, yes? Let’s have a look at some of the best hotels:
- Hotel Tayozhny – offers you quite the royal welcome, so you may want to try this out if you have the extra money to spare.
- Hotel Colibri – is the sort of a more homely hotel, although its interior is predominantly modern. Discreet and stylish, you will find yourself enjoying a good night’s rest here.
- Broadway Hotel Moscow – as the name suggests, it is a cosy spot and one that mixes old Russian interior with modern freshness. Still, it might be a budget heavy place, but affordable all the same.
- Hotel Start – is a personal favourite. The interior is clean, minimalistic, and even if some of the furniture is the clean-cut IKEA design, they are still comfy and provide a safe harbour for the evening.
The No Hotel Option
Russia is not an easy legislation to navigate. Current law requires every foreigner who enters the country to register at a special office or else he may get into trouble with border police when they are leaving the country. The problem with the non-hotel option is that you will have to deal with the legalese yourself.
If you find a hotel, receptionists do this for you, which is a load off your chest. In any event, Airbnb is an option, but the host is unlikely to sort you out when it comes to the legal process. Personally, I feel opposed to sharing data with anyone.
Perhaps, then, you can live down the hefty taxi fare and find a quiet and neat place in Moscow, enjoying yourself the remoteness of the area as well as its safety and lower prices. This could help you reduce the taxi fare if you are away from any of the stadiums. Remember that it’s the World Cup after all and you might as well be heading out with a bunch of friends, or just join a group so that you may arrange the logistics easier.