Best Hostels in Moscow, Russia - a guide on where to staySo you are traveling and looking for the best hostels in Moscow to stay in? You are in luck. We have collected the 3 coolest backpackers hostels in the Russian capital.

You can expect neat design, cool events and for sure a good night sleep.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when …

  • tired of bad and crappy hostels
  • want to avoid the “young party kids”
  • happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience

Being one of Europe’s great cultural destination and the world’s largest and most populous cities, Moscow gives you the time to appreciate history and enjoy the wonderful views in Russia.

What we cover in this article:

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Quick Introduction to Moscow

The average price for a bed: Hostels in Moscow cost 6€ – 17€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 27€ up to 60€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check the exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

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The 3 Best Hostels in Moscow, Russia

Let’s jump right into the best hostels in Moscow.

Quick overview:

  1. Netizen Moscow Rimskaya – Best Hostel for Groups and Female Solo Travelers
  2. Urban Jedi Hostel – Best Hostel for Social Travelers
  3. Capsule Hotel Botanist – Best Hostels for Quiet Travelers

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

1. Netizen Moscow Rimskaya

The Netizen Moscow Rimskaya hostel is located a short walk from the Rimskaya and Ploschad Ilicha metro stations, in a multi-purpose business center.

Guests can easily access facilities like restaurants, shops, cafés, and bank machines.

The hostel features 37 rooms and can accommodate up to 246 guests.

Private rooms can accommodate 1-4 people with a private washroom. Twin rooms and larger family rooms accommodate two and six people respectively with a shared washroom. Shared rooms can accommodate 6, 8, 10, 12, and 14 people with shared washrooms.

Female and male only dorm rooms are available.

Beds come with linens and towels as well as a personal reading lamp, outlets, and a small shelf.

Extras to expect from this cool Moscow hostel:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Iron/Ironing board
  • Board Games
  • Sony Play Station
  • Book share
  • A projector in common area

There is a co-working zone where you can catch up on some work, as well as a lounge for guests to hang out, and watch sports matches or play games.

There is no kitchen on site for guests to use, but you will have access to a kettle, microwave, and toaster.

A café is available on site where you can get breakfast in the morning for 250 rubles (3 EUR), as well as a sushi restaurant that is open for lunch and dinner, and a bar, open 24hours where you can get a drink or a snack.

Location: Netizen Moscow Rimskaya hostel is only a 10-minute metro ride from Red Square.

Rimskaya is in the Tagansky district of Moscow, situated between the Moskva and Yauza rivers. The neighborhood is home to historic buildings including three walled monasteries.

So if you’re looking for one of the best hostels in Moscow, you’re in the right place.

The Netizen Hostel is a great place for:

  • Families
  • Groups
  • Female Solo-Travellers
Book Netizen Hostel Rimskaya here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Netizen Hostel offers a very modern and artistic ambiance for guests Netizen Hostel offers a very work-friendly lounge where you can have your own private space to catch up with your work and business

Netizen Hostel in Moscow, one of the coolest places to stay

2. Urban Jedi Hostel

In the heart of Moscow, the Urban Jedi Hostel seeks to unite travelers of different backgrounds who all share in the desire to live life to the fullest and never stop growing.

This hostel is all about the guests and creating a harmonious community.

Private rooms sleep 1-2 people, while shared rooms sleep up to 6 people in capsule beds with a curtain for privacy.

All beds come with a personal power outlet, reading lamp, clothes hanger, small shelf, linens, and towels.

Amenities at Urban Jedi:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kitchen for guests
  • Coffee/tea station
  • Book exchange
  • Washer and dryer

The Urban Jedi hostel is all about its guests. Keeping up with the other best hostels in Moscow.

Their cozy common areas have walls brightly decorated with graffiti. And the staff is available 24 hours a day to help you get to know the city. Get involved in activities run by the hostel, or assist in any other situations that may come about. Including support with visas and registration.

With its central location, the Urban Jedi hostel offers city tours to show their guests the architecture and history of central Moscow.

And for breakfast?

Breakfast is available at the hostel for 200 Rubles per person, or you can venture to Old Arbat Street, a mere three-minute walk from the hostel, for a myriad of cafés and restaurants.

More interesting things to know are these:

Old Arbat Street is a one-kilometer pedestrian shopping street in the heart of the historical center of Moscow, having existed since the 15th century.

Furthermore, throughout history, the Arbat district has been one of the most prestigious places in the city to live. In recent years, it has undergone significant gentrification and is home to many artists who are attracted to living and working in historic buildings.

It is quickly becoming one of the city’s top tourist attractions.

Location: Urban Jedi Hostel is only a 20-minute metro ride from Red Square.

Red Square is the heart of the city of Moscow. It is considered as the central square of Moscow since it links the city’s major highways into the square.

This is one of the best hostels in Moscow for

  • Social Travelers
Book Urban Jedi Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Jedi Hostel's very comfortable bed bunks

Jedi Hostel's very laid back common area in Moscow, Russia Jedi Hostel dining area in Moscow, Russia where you can socialize with other guests.

3. Capsule Hotel Botanist

As its name suggests, the Capsule Hotel Botanist is located in Moscow’s botanical gardens.

It is all about taking some time to smell–or look at–the flowers, with large panoramic windows that overlook the botanical gardens.

Most of the accommodation at the Capsule Hotel Botanist is in the form of single or double capsule beds in dormitory rooms with a shared washroom.

Capsules have a screen that can be pulled down for privacy, and guests have the option to rent a projector to watch films on the screen from their bed.

The private room can sleep up to two people and has a private washroom and terrace where you can enjoy looking out on the botanical garden. In addition to these types of accommodation, they offer an “express” option.

The express stay is for travelers who want to keep on the move, but also need to take a nap, shower, have a coffee, and do some laundry without staying overnight.

Amenities at Capsule Hotel Botanist:

  • Free Wi-Fi in common areas
  • Kitchen
  • Washer and dryer
  • Coffee/tea station
  • Library

From the rooftop bar, or through the large windows in the lounge, guests can take a break, and enjoy some time with a book or do some work on a computer.

At the Capsule Hotel Botanist, guests can take advantage of excursions through the botanical gardens and city, lectures, and master classes to learn something new during their holiday.

From the Capsule Hotel Botanist, you are only a short ride from Red Square.

Location: The Capsule Hotel Botanist is located near Prospekt Mira metro station, which features elaborate decorations.

The area near to the hostel is replete with shops and restaurants that guests can explore, in addition to being within easy walking distance of the Cathedral Mosque and Museum of the Silver Age.

This is one of the best hostels in Moscow for

  • Quiet travellers
Book Capsule Hotel Botanist here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com

A relaxing place to relax and just chill in Capsule Hotel Botanist, Moscow, Russia Your own privacy in a very comfortable bed in Capsule Hotel Botanist in Moscow, Russia

Comparing all 3 Top Hostels in Moscow

Here is an overview of our handpicked top best hostels in Moscow. In this chart, we compare the main facilities and things to expect.

It will help you to take a decision.

Netizen Moscow RimskayaUrban Jedi HostelCapsule Hotel Botanist
Recommended for…
  • Families
  • Groups
  • Female Solo-Traveller
  • Social Travellers
  • Quiet Travellers
KitchenNoYesYes
WiFiFree (Good)Free (Excellent)Free (Excellent)
BreakfastBig Buffet Breakfast (extra)Simple Breakfast (Extra)Simple Breakfast (Included)
LocationVery near to convenient public transport, city walks and parksThe best location for architecture, culture and city walksGood deal for your interest in history, culture, and museums
SpecialQuality facilities, and an in-house barArtistic Walls and book exchange area
Panoramic windows and overlooking garden
ActivitiesYesYesYes
Lockers – and safe?YesYesYes
Facilities for disabled guestsYesNoNo
How to book?HostelworldHostelworldBooking.com

This information can vary by season and availability. Please take this into account.

What about the cheapest best hostels in Moscow?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels.

We think it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.

Why?

The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.

However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Moscow.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Moscow
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that. Make sure you use the other filters and rank per price. Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight into what to expect.

Here is our guide on how to book hostels with Hostelworld.

Best Hostels in Moscow for Solo Travellers?

What is the serious, best hostel in Moscow for solo-travellers?

For female solo-travelers, we highly recommend the Netizen Hostel we introduced you above. It is listed in this guide as the #1 hostel.

It is a sparkling clean hostel with quality facilities. The in-house bar is a great place to meet and mingle.

The second hostel we can recommend for the solo-backpacker out there is Urban Jedi Hostel.

Book Netizen Hostel Rimskaya here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Interacting with other guests in Netizen Hostel

Party Hostels in Moscow

You are looking for a fun party hostel in Moscow to have a good time? There are a few we can recommend.

Yet, the only cool place you need is Napoleon Hostel.

It is a basic hostel with fun people to hang, and party all night.

There are also many night clubs just around the corner. So you could even dive into the nightlife of Moscow with your backpacker friends.

Book Napoleon Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Napoleon Hostel's comfortable bunk beds

More Moscow Hostels worth to mention

To further assist you in the best hostels in Moscow, we did an extra leg work for you.

We give you three more best hostels that are worth to mention and worth to consider to stay in. All guaranteed to bring your stay an extra highlight during your travel to the wonderful city of Moscow.

Therefore here are three more best hostels in Moscow for you to check.

1. Strawberry Duck Moscow (Co-working Space)

Offering a fancy and very attractive style hostel with affordable deals that will definitely not make your pockets cry. We give you Strawberry Duck Moscow. Also one of the best hostels in Moscow.

The hostel guarantees your comfort and convenience to travel to the city of Moscow. Making way to a modern approach in business and hospitality.

The staff is very hard working to give you the best of you in the hostel 24/7. They will provide you with the most essential things to do and places to visit in Moscow.

From the best cake store to the amazing coffee shop. From the cheapest shopping centers to romantic restaurants. Even up to the smallest details of the things you would like to know about the city, they will cheerfully guide you all throughout.

Rooms are well designed and the beds are super comfortable. Plus, guests are entitled to your own personal lamp and sockets. And for you and your belonging’s safety and security, you will be provided with an electronic key and personal locker.

And interestingly, rooms are soundproof, too.

Perks at Strawberry Duck Moscow:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Business Center
  • Vending Machines
  • Laundry

Strawberry Duck Moscow also features a fully equipped kitchen that you can use if you want to prepare a snack or cook your meals.

Vending machines are also available at the hostel. An all-of-a-sudden-midnight-snack definitely wouldn’t be a problem.

Digital nomads and working travelers’ on-the-go are also lucky to be privileged with a co-working space. Perfect place for you to catch up with work and do business as usual.

And if you’re looking for a fun night, the hostel organizes pub crawls that will surely give you something worth to remember in Moscow.

Nearest popular destinations include the Church of Archangel Gabriel, Sovremennik Theatre, Zaryadye Park, GUM Department Store, and Red Square.

This is one of the best hostels in Moscow for

  • Business Travelers
  • Solo Travelers
Book Strawberry Duck Moscow here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Rooms are very fancy and hotel-like in Strawberry Duck Moscow Prepare your own meals at the Strawberry Duck Moscow kitchen Relax at Strawberry Duck Moscow's spacious lounge area

2. Axel Hostel (1 – star Hostel)

Axel Hostel is a 1-star hostel that offers a modern business-class capsule hostel.

Keeping up with today’s modernity, the hostel still maintains to give guests the comfort and convenience they want in a hostel.

Rooms are installed with your personal socket, folding table and a curtain for your privacy. Each bed capsule also features your own night lamp, very soft pillows, and snow-white linens.

A night of promising good night sleep is undeniably inevitable after a long tiring tour in the city.

Amenities you can expect at Axel Hostel:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Laundry and Ironing Service
  • Bike Rentals
  • Allergy-free room

Location wise? Axel hostel is just a walking distance from State Public Historical Library, Atrium Shopping Centre, Church of Archangel Gabriel, Zaryadye Park, GUM Department Store, and The Kremlin.

You can easily reach these destinations when you take a stroll with a bike that is available at the hostel for rent. The hostel also organizes hiking activity you can definitely try out for a change.

Furthermore, the hostel also features a fully equipped kitchen where you can prepare your own meals and snacks. Breakfast is included and served daily in continental or buffet style.

Plus the Axel Hostel is very near to other restaurants and cafes if you wish to try other food options and decide on food hopping.

You can also chill and relax at the hostel lounge equipped with a TV. There are also board games and puzzles to perfectly loosen up your long tiring day at the city.

There are also bike rentals available in the hostel. You can roam around the city and tour Moscow at your own pace and timing.

For a more fun visit in the city, join other guests and explore Moscow together.

This is one of the best hostels in Moscow for

  • Small Groups
Book Axel Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Each room are installed with a working desk at Axel Hostel Axel Hostel offers a shared kitchen where you can cook your own Each bed comes with your own personal night lite, desk and socket at Axel Hostel

3. Hostel Ester House (Hotel-like hostel)

Go beyond the ordinary, Hostel Ester House is your new hotel style hostel. Giving you a quality stay with a pint of luxury in deals your wallet can afford.

Rooms are furnished in a hotel-like way. Each unit is equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a microwave, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer, and a desk. You will also find seating areas installed in each room.

Even the dorms are offered in a prestige hotel way. Mixed dorms and female dorms come with climate control, a mini fridge bar, tea and coffee making machine and CD player.

And in Hostel Ester House, expect to have your own personal lockers, pillow-top mattresses and down pillows. Bathrooms either provide a rain shower or walk-in showers. Hair dryers, Terry dressing gowns, and bath sheets are also available.

All these privileges you can afford and promise to make your pockets happy.

Perks to expect at Hostel Ester House:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Meeting/Banquet Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Leisure Room

The staff is very accommodating and helpful, available 24/7 for your assistance. They will make sure your needs are attended in every bit of the way.

The hostel also features a meeting facility and a leisure room that guests can use. You can also have your own meals prepared at the hostel’s fully equipped kitchen.

Location wise? The hostel is situated in Meshchansky which is ideal for history and culture.

The nearest public transportation is Prospekt Train Station. Traveling around the city would be easy.

Popular destinations close to the hostel vicinity are the Olympiyskiy Arena, Victor Vasnetsov House Museum, Tsvetnoy Central Market, and the Moscow Cathedral Mosque.

This is one of the best hostels in Moscow for

  • Female-Solo Travelers
Book Hostel Ester House here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com

Rooms at Hostel Ester House are naturally well lit Hostel Ester House offers a big dining area to accommodate all guests Enjoy the spacious lounger area at Hostel Ester House

How to book?

We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.

Booking.com is the biggest and safest platform for hotel and hostel reservations. Their cancellation policy is one of the best, normally 100% refundable until 24h before the stay.

Hostelworld is also super safe and the biggest booking platform for hostels.

On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Here is the overview:

  1. Netizen Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  2. Urban Jedi Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  3. Capsule Hotel Botanist: Booking.com

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!

All of Moscow best hostels are popular, especially in high season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

Any Discounts?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Moscow. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.

All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights

Let us have a look at the map. Below we list all three best Moscow hostels on a map.

We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know on this list:

  • Red Square
  • The Moscow Kremlin
  • St. Basil’s Cathedral
  • Lenin’s Mausoleum
  • Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure
  • All-Russian Exhibition Center

(You can activate and deactivate the layers in the left sidebar. Open the map in a new tab here.)

 

Hidden Gems in Moscow

Moscow, the same as Berlin, is one of the most important cities of the latest century.

It has taken an important role in the development of Russia, and the whole wide world. Well, you already know that…

So, besides the greatest hostels in Moscow, we are very happy to share with you 5 secret travel tips – outside the travel box.

Get to taste the local cuisine, visit the cool hot spots of the city, and order a coffee like a boss! These recommendations are always written by friends for friends. And hey: they are even for free!

  1. An authentic and delicious restaurant in style. Go now, thank us later!
  2. An insider bar: enjoy great music, tasty cocktails and positive energy with artists and local musicians!
  3. Brunch like a boss – a design is a kiosk to start the day
  4. Cool live-music and other events at a unique bar
  5. the green side of Moscow to have a walk – maybe there is even a huge event when you are in town?!

1. Cool Restaurant: Uilliam’s

Cozy and nice restaurant serving nouvelle cuisine.

Enjoy your lunch or dinner with views of the Patriarch’s Pods. You can seat outside or near the cool windows-stairs. Considered a very Moscow-fancy restaurant, the kitchen is open so you can see what’s cookin’!

Good to know: It is usually very crowded, so it is better to book in advance.

Website: www.uilliams.ru

Cool Restaurant: Uilliam's in Moscow Russia

2. Cocktail time! Redakciabar

Known as the Journalists’ Bar, this hidden place has a hip atmosphere and offers parties with artistic directors and musicians which helped the Moscow club scene turn in.

You can check their events on the facebook page, there are plenty of them during the week too, and normally these are better because it is not crowded…Head there and enjoy great music, tasty cocktails, and positive energy!

Cocktail time! Redakciabar

3. Brunch as locals do: Moments Gastropub

This Gastro Pub has a top location, it is located near the Pavelestsky main station.

They do have a nice atmosphere and decoration, and locals do love to come for brunch. Not only do they serve good food, but also great coffee at reasonable prices.

Do you like wine? The Moments Gastropub is also a good place to have wine in the evening.

Check out the Facebook page for Moments Gastropub here.

Brunch as locals do: Moments Gastropub

4. Restaurant and Music: Filial

Filial is a cool place to have dinner or lunch with friends, or simply enjoy good music.

Filial Bar offers a lot of great concerts throughout the year.

You can check all the events and concerts on their facebook page.

Restaurant and Music: Filial in Moscow

5. Green: Hermitage Garden

This one is a delightfully green garden in the city center. In Hermitage Garden, you can find a Theater, several cafes and charming seating areas.

During spring you can be amazed by the cherry blossoms, and once a year they do host a great Music event: Ahmad Tea Music Festival.

Green: Hermitage Garden in Moscow

Flights to Moscow?

We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Russia including Moscow.

This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

Cheap Flights in Europe

More guides

Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Moscow.

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Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

As our commitment, we will never recommend any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

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