Irkutsk is situated in the heart of Siberia and is considered the starting point to your visit to the Lake Baikal. However it’s certainly not known for its quality hotels; and finding a decent hotel here isn’t always that easy. In this article you will find a selection of the best hotels in the city, whatever your budget is.
Reviews of Luxury Hotels (5 Star) in Irkutz
The Kupechesky Dvor is located in historical part of Irkutsk near the Angara River. It is a historic reconstruction of a traditional Siberian countryside house though inside everything is modern. There is free Wi-Fi, cable channels and the rooms are well sound-proofed. Within a few minutes walk there are shops, cafes and restaurants; the hotel scores for location with the transport network easily accessible. The helpful staff speaks English and tours, shuttle and airport transfers can be arranged at a surcharge. Facilities include luggage storage, ironing and dry cleaning, general laundry and a daily maid service. There is a gift shop within the hotel.
International Hotel Sayen
The International Hotel Sayen is a boutique hotel in the heart of Irkutsk city. Its décor is modern and rooms contain LCD TV with free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. There is a bar and 2 restaurants, traditional Japanese spa and Japanese cuisine is one of the many alternatives. English, French and Spanish are spoken and the 24 hour front desk is happy to arrange tours and transfers at a surcharge. There is a spa and wellness center with massage facilities and guests can hire bicycles. Room service includes breakfast in the room and packed lunches on request. Laundry, ironing and safety deposit boxes are additional facilities for a hotel that meets general approval every time.
Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk City Center Hotel
The Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk City Center Hotel is relatively new with facilities to suit every kind of guest. It is just a 20 minute walk to the center, 1.5 km to the station, and half an hour to the airport. There is Wi-Fi throughout and meeting facilities for business guests. The 24 hour front desk will organize shuttle service and airport transfer arrangements while guests can obtain safety deposit boxes and store luggage. The disabled are well catered for. Guests have use of an on-site fitness center, bar and restaurant. The staff and the quality of the services are the strong points of this hotel.
Baikal Business Center Hotel (near the airport)
The Baikal Business Center Hotel is within easy reach of the city’s main attractions and is suitable for businessmen and tourists alike. For the businessman there is a center, meeting room facilities and free Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas. The front desk is open 24 hours and can arrange tours and shuttle service. There is a bar, restaurant and shops. For a relaxing time guests have spa, sauna, steam room and massage while other facilities include safety deposit boxes, laundry service and luggage storage. There is a smoking area and the concierge can arrange a hire car. The quality of service receives positive marks and its proximity to the airport is an obvious advantage for businessmen.
Reviews of mid-range hotels in Irkutsk
Boutique Hotel Marussia
The Boutique Hotel Marussia is five minutes from the Istoricheskaya Tserkov Cathedral and just 2 minutes from the nearest bus stop, restaurants and shopping center. The airport is 8 km away and the hotel where English and German is spoken is happy to arrange tours and airport transfer at a surcharge. Every room is en suite and has Wi-Fi and TV. There are standard double and twin rooms with a daily maid service. There is a restaurant and facilities include luggage storage and laundry. Pets are welcome if notice is provided. This modern hotel can tend to be noisy, particularly at night, as it is so close to the life of the city.
The Europa Hotel has just been renovated and its central location right in the middle of city makes it an ideal choice for businessmen and tourists and their comments on the quality of the hotel confirm that. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel which has a 24 hour English speaking front desk. There are 70 rooms, with additional meeting facilities available for businessmen that have a center at their disposal. The fitness center and solarium are there for relaxation while additional features are a bar and restaurant. There is a library and services include laundry and safety deposit boxes. Tours, shuttle and airport transfers are happily arranged on request.
The Hotel Irkut is in the city center 5 minutes from Kiroya Park and closer still to the Angara River. The train station is 3 km away and the airport 11 km distant. There is free Wi-Fi and the 24 hour front desk is happy to arrange tours and airport transfers at a surcharge. There are many dining options close by. There are family rooms and facilities include luggage storage, laundry and ironing. There is a shared lounge and TV area. The Hotel is quiet yet close to the action, clean and comfortable. Staff seems more than helpful and the hotel is certainly value for money.
Reviews of apartments in Irkutsk
Country House Baykal
The Country House Baykal is a little different from typical accommodation in the area. Its facilities include fishing and a private beach, skiing and karaoke, sauna and private garden. It is well situated for all the city’s attractions and the 24 hour front desk will arrange tours, shuttle and airport transfer. Rooms have iPod Docking, CD/DVD and satellite TV, a kitchenette fully equipped, a balcony or terrace. There is a shared lounge and TV area, a smoking area, car and bicycle hire and BBQ facilities. Guests can store luggage and there is laundry and room service. The Country House receives nothing but praise from its guests.
ApartLux on Dekabrskikh Sobytiy
The ApartLux on Dekabrskikh Sobytiy is modern apartment self-catering accommodation though close enough to several good dining alternatives for those not interested in the kitchen. There is flat screen cable TV and free Wi-Fi. The bus station is a 10 minute walk, the train station is 4.5 km away and Irkutsk International Airport 7 km. The airport shuttle can be arranged at a surcharge. This is strictly a non-smoking facility though each apartment has an outside terrace. Rooms are comfortable in all weathers and well sound-proofed. Standards are as high as any hotel while there is also a feeling of being at home in domestic surroundings.
The Apartment Baykalskaya are two bedroom apartments but sleeping up to five people. They are centrally located with a balcony and seating area as well as a full equipped kitchen which is shared. Bathrooms have shower or bath. The Wi-Fi is free and guests can enjoy fine views over the city. There is a shared lounge and TV area. The International Airport is just 3 km distant and a shuttle service is available at a surcharge. This is no smoking accommodation which seems to cater almost always for Russian people. Prospective guests need to check availability before planning to stay there.
Reviews of budget hotels in Irkutsk
The Dobriy Kot is ideally situated in one of Irkutsk’s most popular districts. It is close to the station and the airport is fairly close to the city anyway. The staff will happily arrange tours and transfers. The front desk is open 24 hours and there is free Wi-Fi throughout. There is a shared kitchen, lounge and TV area as well as a library. Rooms range from triples to six bed mixed dormitories and there are shared bathrooms. There are restaurants close by for those not wishing to cook. The accommodation is clean with modern décor providing value for money. Facilities include luggage storage, laundry and safety deposit lockers.
The Dostoevsky Hostel has a wide range of rooms ranging from twins to mixed and single sex dormitories for up to 8 and shared bathrooms. There is sufficient English spoken for guests with queries with the hostel very centrally situated a short walk from bus and tram stops and the main market. There is Wi-Fi in public areas and individual lockers are available. A shared kitchen and nearby restaurants are both alternatives while there is also a laundry service and a daily maid service. Staff is happy to organise shuttle and airport transfers at a surcharge. It is clean, comfortable and value for money.
The Best Hostel Irkutsk
The The Best Hostel Irkutsk is centrally located. There is a 24 hour front desk happy to arrange tours, the shuttle service and airport transfers. There are meeting rooms and rooms for families with their pets welcome. The kitchen and lounge/TV area is communal while there is also shopping on site. There is TV in some of the rooms. Facilities include a laundry service, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes. There is Wi-Fi in public areas. There are good marks from guests for the location of the hostel because of its proximity to the major attractions of Irkutsk.
Baikal Story Hostel
The Baikal Story Hostel is just a short walk from the Angara River, 4 km from the station and 8 km from the airport. There are mixed and single sex dormitories and 4 bedded and double rooms with shared bathrooms that come under pressure when the hostel is busy. There is free Wi-Fi a tour desk with English and Italian and grocery delivery for those wanting to use the shared kitchen. Alternatively there are cafes and restaurant close by. Active guests can hike, rent bicycles though others may settle for the library. Facilities include maid service, lockers and luggage storage while the hostel is happy to arrange a shuttle service and airport transfers at a surcharge. The hostel scores points for its location and cleanliness.