Astoria Hotel, Vladivostok Review

Posted on May 25, 2015 by in Hotel Reviews

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Astoria Hotel Vladivostok

Vladivostok is not exactly brimming with modern hotels. There is a brand new Hyatt hotel under construction (but it was not open in May 2015). Since I had just one night, I decided to try out the unaffiliated Astoria Hotel, which is located on top of the hill, just outside the city center.

The grand total on was just $47, so I managed my expectations!

Now a hotel will impress with its lobby and this place really does, too. Dark colors and a stylish entrance make it seem a much more expensive hotel than it is. The restaurant/breakfast area could double for a modern and trendy New York restaurant (though the food could not, sadly!)

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Check-in was in fluent English (one thing that is rather rare in Russia) and very friendly (holy cow – someone was actually smiling at me). It was 7AM and I was able to check-in without any extra payment – take that, Starwood 100!

However, the room wasn’t as great as the lobby area would make me hope for. It was new and well-equipped, but the room smelled and the bathroom wasn’t in the best shape.

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The bed, however, was great and the WiFi was very fast (and needed no password, which made it much easier).

The location proved a bit too far from the city center – while walkable, it’s not a pleasant walk along one of the major roads in town.

Breakfast was just OK – it sounded and looked great, but I did not feel it was high quality ingredients. But since I do not eat eggs, my breakfast options are always a tad limited.

Upon checkout, I asked the front desk agent to call a taxi number I provided (Russia has an informal Uber-type service, which is really cheap). Of course, she did not call the number I gave her, but a hotel taxi that was almost twice the price. By the time I found out, it was too late (and I was not in the mood to argue).

All in all, this was a great value stay in a good, modern hotel that seemed more at home in South Korea than in Vladivostok. With just a few changes, this hotel has the potential to be a really great mid-range hotel, though.

You can book the Astoria Hotel here.

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About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]

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