Regular guests of the city know that the old Hotel Vladivostok, with its modest Soviet-style service, was located on Tigrinoy Hill in 1975. After renovation the hotel was almost unrecognizable and is now a four-star hotel, becoming part of the Azimuth International Hotel Chain. Everything is new: the staff, the mattresses, the philosophy, and the price.
The 2015 price of a standard double-occupancy room during the summer season (without a view of the sea and no air conditioning) starts at 5,400 rubles. A night in a Superior-class room starts at 6,500 rubles, with all the amenities of a standard room, but with the addition of air conditioning. A suite starts at 8,100 rubles and includes an extra room with a sofa and has a bathtub instead of a shower.
A complementary breakfast buffet is included in the price. You can count on a discount if booking in advance, if you are staying in Vladivostok for an extended period of time and not during the tourism season, or if you have a hotel loyalty card. Reservations can be made independently through the hotel chain’s website (with versions in English, German and Chinese).
All of the hotel’s rooms, regardless of class, are furnished in the same sleek design and color scheme: neutral tones with bright and sophisticated accents, designed for maximum functionality in an area of 18-thousand square meters. Azimut’s approach to hospitality is called SMART, or a "smart hotel."
A bed that transforms from one bed into two, a landline phone in the room that can be used for more than just its intended use: as an alarm clock, a battery charger, and a speaker. The bedside table is actually a stool and a table for your laptop.
The Azimut Hotel Vladivostok is the largest in the Russian Far East with 378 rooms. But do not count on the hotel having a vacancy at any time. Five-star hotels in Vladivostok are still being built, and the number of four-star hotels can be counted on the fingers of one hand. So it is better to book a room in advance.
Azimut Hotel Vladivostok’s distinct advantage is its location. The railway station, sea terminal, and city center are all within walking distance. And the hotel offers panoramic views of the Amur Bay and Sportivnaya Naberezhnaya. However, the opportunity to watch the sunset over the sea from your private room will cost you an extra 1,000 rubles per day. However, there is always the option of watching it closely snuggled from a 25-story residential apartment building.
In the morning in the lobby of Azimut Hotel Vladivostok we met the acclaimed Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, and a group of tourists from South Korea. The tourists, looking forward to settling into their rooms, gnawed on hard candy while glancing over the books of Russian writers displayed on the shelves, and thus began their acquaintance with Russia. The famous poet and his wife discussed whether to take a walk on the promenade or eat breakfast first.
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Five categories of rooms with prices ranging from 3000 to 12000 rubles are quite close to the city’s beach area and a landmark for Vladivostokians - the lighthouse at Tokarevskaya Koshka (Tokarev Shoal).
Settle in for the fresh air, the sea and a dozen cats.
At different times famous guests have included: Admiral Kolchak, the English writer and spy W. Somerset Maugham, the famous German poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht, revolutionary and first president of Vietnam Ho Chi Minh.