Friday, July 05, 2013

Moscow Airport Hotels


As a result of reading about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, I learned of the existence of a capsule hotel right inside Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, the Capsule Hotel Air Express-SVO. This is not a Japanese capsule hotel, with coffin-like rooms, but a place with regular rooms and private baths (although some rooms lack windows.)

I could not find a date in the near future with availability, but according to trip advisor (,) a 10 hour stay cost about $150. The minimum stay is four hours, which sounds a lot like the hot sheet motels found in various cities.  However, this capsule hotel is not the least expensive place near the airport.

The Hotel Midland Sheremetyevo, which is also connected directly to the airport, has rooms for as little as $43, while the Sky Point Hotel can put you up for rates starting at $66. Both these are considerably less than you would pay in central Moscow, so if you are willing to brave the Metro and bus connections to downtown, they could be a good choice for a visit.

There is no need to feel sorry for Mr. Snowden, having to spend days in the Moscow airport. I haven’t spent much time in the international terminal at Sheremetyevo lately, but if it is anything like the domestic terminal at that airport it is modern and clean, superior to many airports in North America.


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