I stay in this hotel when I come to visit my parents.
Back in early 90s, Aystrians built a decent 4-star hotel which so "not Soviet" at the time.
Now it IS outdated: only semi-lux and luxury rooms have AC, most standard rooms don't even have a refrigerator. A spa complex downstairs is a biting a silver lining, though, and food in its two restaurants is decent. Breakfast is plentiful and has crepes and small cabbage pies in addition to the standard buffet. I wish they varied the menu: after several day of the same breakfast you truly want a different vegetable or a pastry.
Staff is great and tries to make it up: Maksim at the reception, Irina at the "Under the Sun" restaurant and amazing cleaning ladies (Oksama for one) who go out of their way.
The hotel is a five-minute walk from another decent cafe "Le Chat" on the other side of the park- lunch or dinner and AC.
The hotel is Cina-friendly which means it takes up to three buses daily. Elevators then become an issue.
Excellent home style food at the bar, 24 hour room service- all good.
However, it's on the opposite side of the historic center which makes evening strolls to the Kremlin, the heart of the city, close to impossible.
Look at the map before you book it......
Traveller from Greater N Y area
Located in the heart of Veliky Novgorod, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Antoniev Monastery and Church of Theodore …More