Review: Pushkin Hotel, Moscow

In this review, we will stay at the Pushkin Hotel in Moscow, Russia.

Reaching the hotel

From Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO), Aeroflot’s hub airport, the most obvious option to reach your city centre hotel is to take either a train or taxi. While a taxi (especially when ordered through e-hailing companies such as Yandex) can be a good option in Moscow, I still opted for public transport.

Aeroexpress

From the terminal it was a long trek to the airport’s railway station where the Sheremetyevo Express (officially called the Aeroexpress) departs towards Belorussky Station in Moscow proper. Buying tickets can easily be done on the spot from one of the ticket machines or the staffed kiosks. I opted for a second class ticket – which at least on this train was a good choice as I had an entire wagon all to myself.

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The Sheremetyevo Airport station is connected directly to the terminal buildings. ©Paliparan
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I had an entire wagon all to myself on the Aeroexpress train. ©Paliparan
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View of the Moscow suburbs from the Aeroexpress train. ©Paliparan

Connecting to the metro

At Belorussky Station you can connect to Moscow’s efficient metro network to your final destination. With some cash rubles I bought some old-fashioned zheton (token) at the metro kiosk to unlock the barriers, although you can nowadays also use modern public transport cards.

The Moscow metro network is one of the best in the world with trains departing every two or so minutes. It surely is the most beautiful metro network in the world as all stations were lavishly designed by the old Soviet regime. It is always a pleasure to ride the Moscow metro – and for me it’s the main reason why in this city I vastly prefer public transport above taxis.

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The Sheremetyevo Aeroexpress train terminates at Moscow’s Belorussky Vokzal (Belarus Station), from where you can connect to your final destination by metro. ©Paliparan
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Moscow’s metro stations sometimes look like palaces with their vaulted ceilings, chandeliers and mosaics. With trains departing every one to two minutes, it is also extremely efficient. ©Paliparan

Tverskaya

From Belorussky Station it was a two-stop metro ride to Tverskaya station, which is the closest metro station to the hotel. From the metro station, the Pushkin Hotel is just a short five to ten minute walk away.

Needless to say, this makes the Pushkin Hotel an excellent location to explore the city. You can also easily walk to such nearby sights as the Bolshoi Theatre. Even the Kremlin and Red Square are just a leisurely stroll away on Tverskaya Boulevard.

The Pushkin Hotel

The four-star Pushkin Hotel, which is also known just as ‘Hotel Pushkin’, is a relatively new hotel located in a gorgeous 19th Century mansion. It only opened its doors in 2013 but already seemed to have built up a small reputation as a solid mid-range hotel.

The small reception area was a bit cramped as at the time I arrived two other groups of people were already dealing with the employees. However, when it was my turn I was swiftly helped by the friendly employees and given the keys to my room two floors up.

Standard double room

For my one-night stopover in Moscow I had booked a standard double room at the Pushkin, which set me back 5,040 RUB (73 EUR). Even though it was double the costs of a similar hotel in Irkutsk, hotel prices in Moscow can be astronomical at times, so I thought it consisted a pretty decent deal. Breakfast was included in the rate as well.

The hotel rooms have a classic interior matching the history of the building. Even though it might not be everyone’s style, I did like it a lot and thought it was rather charming. The room had a comfortable double bed, a desk and flat-screen TV. There were plenty of plug sockets throughout the room and WiFi internet speeds were fast.

The room also had a private bathroom with shower, hairdryer and free toiletries.

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My standard double room at the Pushkin Hotel in Moscow. ©Paliparan
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The standard double room at the Pushkin also contained a desk. ©Paliparan
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Even though the bathroom of the standard room was a bit on the small side, it was perfectly clean and well-stocked with toiletries and a hairdryer. ©Paliparan
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The view from my standard double room at the Pushkin Hotel. ©Paliparan

Hotel room service

The Pushkin hotel features an on-site restaurant and room service. As I had some work to do late in the night and I was a bit peckish, I decided to try it out by ordering a schnitzel and a pint of beer. Both were delivered to my room in about twenty minutes and tasted perfectly fine.

I however cannot understand why on earth anyone even contemplate putting dill on a schnitzel! Given that I already discussed Russia’s weird obsession with this demonic weed in my Irkutsk trip report, I won’t start another rant about it now.

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Schnitzel and beer for room service. ©Paliparan

Hotel breakfast

Breakfast is served in the basement restaurant of the hotel and was a decent affair. The buffet contained multiple choices of bread, pastries, cold cuts, eggs, sausages, potato pancakes, some fruits, fresh juices and yoghurt.

I opted for some eggs, sausages and potato pancakes, as well as a decent cup of coffee and a slice of cake, which also tasted fairly good. Although the buffet is not exhaustive or necessarily high quality, it is certainly not bad at all and definitely good enough to get your day started.

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Breakfast at the Pushkin Hotel in Moscow. ©Paliparan

In short

The Pushkin Hotel did deliver on its reputation of being a solid mid-range hotel. I had no complaints at all about my stay. I slept well, the room service food and breakfast buffet were good and all interactions with hotel employees were pleasant.

If during a future visit to Moscow I would need a hotel in this price range, I would certainly consider returning to the Pushkin Hotel.

Trip report index

This article is part of the ‘Siberian Shuffle – A Crazy Winter Trip Around Eurasia‘ trip report, which consists of the following chapters:

1. Review: Wizz Air Bucharest to Oslo Sandefjord Torp (Airbus A321)
2. A Day in the Norwegian Capital of Oslo
3. Review: Norwegian Railways Night Train Oslo-Stavanger in a Private Sleeper
4. Review: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Stavanger
5. Stavanger – A Great Norwegian City Trip Surprise
6. Review: North Sea Lounge Stavanger Airport
7. Review: KLM Cityhopper Business Class Stavanger to Amsterdam (Embraer RJ-175)
8. Guide to the Carnival Celebrations in the Netherlands
9. Review: KLM Crown Lounge (Schengen) Amsterdam Airport
10. Review: Air France Business Class Amsterdam to Paris (Airbus A319)
11. Review: ‘Salon Paris’ Business Class Lounge Paris CDG Terminal 2C
12. Review: Aeroflot Business Class Paris to Moscow (Airbus A320)
13. Review: Aeroflot Domestic Business Class Lounge Moscow Sheremetyevo
14. Review: Aeroflot Domestic Business Class Moscow to Irkutsk (Boeing 737-800)
15. Review: Matreshka Hotel, Irkutsk
16. Irkutsk Trip Report: Exploring the ‘Paris of Siberia’ in Winter
17. Review: Mayak Hotel, Listvyanka (Lake Baikal)
18. A Winter Trip to the Frozen Wonderland of Lake Baikal
19. Review: Ibis Irkutsk Center Hotel, Irkutsk
20. Review: Domestic Business Class Lounge Irkutsk Airport
21. Review: Aeroflot Domestic Business Class Irkutsk to Moscow (Boeing 737-800)
22. Review: Pushkin Hotel, Moscow (current chapter)
23. A 24 Hour Stopover in the Russian Capital of Moscow
24. Review: ‘Moscow’ and ‘Jazz’ Business Lounges Moscow Sheremetyevo Terminal D
25. Review: Aeroflot Business Class Moscow to Paris (Airbus A320)
26. Review: TAROM Business Class Paris to Bucharest (Airbus A318)
27. Review: TAROM Business Lounge Bucharest Otopeni Airport
28. Review: Air France Business Class Bucharest to Paris (Airbus A320)
29. A Short Overnight Stopover in Paris
30. Review: Sheltair Business Lounge Paris CDG Terminal 2D
31. Review: Azerbaijan Airlines Business Class Paris to Baku (Airbus A320)
32. Review: Old City Hotel and Apartments, Baku, Azerbaijan
33. Destination Baku: An Intriguing Mix Between Old and New
34. Guide: Train Travel in Azerbaijan
35. Sheki: Azerbaijan’s Most Lovely Town and Springboard to the Caucasus
36. Must Be the Ganja! A Visit to the City of Ganja in Azerbaijan
37. Review: Shah Palace Hotel, Baku, Azerbaijan
38. Review: Azerbaijan Airlines Business Lounge Baku Airport
39. Review: Azerbaijan Airlines Business Class Baku to Paris (Airbus A320)
40. Review: Air France Business Lounge Paris CDG Terminal 2F
41. Review: KLM Business Class Paris to Amsterdam (Boeing 737)
42. Review: KLM Business Class Amsterdam to Bergen (Boeing 737)
43. Blissful Bergen – Is It Really Norway’s Most Beautiful City?
44. Review: Bergen to Oslo on a Norwegian Intercity Train (Bergensbanen Railway)
45. The Flamsbana Railway – From the Myrdal Mountains to the Fjord at Flam
46. Review: SAS Economy Class Oslo to Brussels (Boeing 737-600)
47. Review: Diamond Lounge Brussels Airport Pier B Non-Schengen
48. Review: TAROM Economy Class Brussels to Bucharest (Boeing 737-800)

Koen

Koen

Koen works as a freelance journalist covering south-eastern Europe and is the founding father and editor-in-chief of Paliparan. As a contributor to some major Fleet Street newspapers and some lesser known publications in the Balkans, he travels thousands of miles each year for work as well as on his personal holidays. Whether it is horse riding in Kyrgyzstan’s Tian Shan mountains, exploring the backstreets of Bogotá, or sipping a glass of moschofilero in a Greek beachside taverna, Koen loves to immerse himself into the local culture, explore new places and eat and drink himself around the world.

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