If you are going to visit Belarus for work or pleasure, you can choose and book a hotel in advance.
There is a variety of hotels catering to all tastes and budgets in Minsk and other Belarusian cities. You can book a room in big hotel compounds, mini-hotels, luxury suits, economy-class hostels, modern and contemporary hotels and traditional suits with a nostalgic atmosphere.
Today there are over 350 hotels and about 120 other accommodation facilities in Belarus. One in ten hotels in Belarus has a star category. These are mostly 3* hotels. However there are 4* and 5* hotels available in Minsk.
The Hotel Palace in Nesvizh offers 22 comfortable rooms and VIP suits for visitors to the Radziwills ancient residence. The Hotel Zamkovy in Mir is designed for 15 rooms and can accommodate up to 30 guests.
Belarus is now busy upgrading existing hotels and building new ones. Some of the hotels are constructed by the world’ famous hotel operators Crowne Plaza, Renaissance, Hilton, Marriott.
Of course, the choice of hotels in big cities is better than in small communities. However, even small towns have at least one hotel open all the year round.
Most of hotels in Belarus (especially in district capitals) are unrated. However the rooms there have different categories depending on the level of comfort and a range of services.
Among them are newly renovated hotels and those that have not been upgraded (amenities only in some rooms, outdated interiors, etc.). Therefore, it is important to do the research beforehand.
In Belarus there are private mini-hotels and roadside hotels which are officially not rated (as they have a small number of rooms) but they offer home coziness, modern amenities and a high level of service.
Personnel in upscale hotels is trained to world standards and speaks foreign languages (English is required). Personnel in unrated hotels speaks Russian, fewer services are available.
Regardless of the category, reception in Belarusian hotels is 24/7. Most often the official check-in time is 2pm. Check-out time is usually 12am.
Rated hotels offer buffet or continental breakfast (as a rule, included in the price). They also offer à la carte (Belarusian and European cuisine).
Unrated hotels offer a la carte foods, have a mini buffet (or a shopping kiosk). Usually they have no restaurants and cafes on their premises.
Smoking is permitted only in designated areas.
As a rule there are parking lots at the hotel grounds. Higher class hotels have guarded car parks.
The largest number of hotels can be found in Minsk. Belarus is a relatively small country with good transport links.
There are 48 hotels in Minsk which can accommodate over 16,000 guests.
The best hotels in the Belarusian capital are the five-star President Hotel, d’Europe, Crowne Plaza, Beijing, and the four-star Victoria, Minsk, Victoria Olymp, Monastyrskaya, Na Zamkovoi, Renaissance.
One-, two- and three-star hotels offer comfort and good service. Among them are three-star hotels Belarus, Garni, Arena, BonOtel, Sputnik, Planeta, Yubileinaya, two-star hotel Zvezda and one-star hotel Voyazh… New economy-class hotels such as Sport Time, East Time, IT Time have opened in Minsk ahead of the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
The aparthotel Comfort is the first of its kind in Belarus and one of the first in the CIS. The 135 apartments, with a varied amount of rooms, are fitted with kitchenettes and other basic amenities one would need to feel at home. The service of the apartment hotel corresponds to that of a three-star hotel.
Today, up to 40 projects of Belarusian and foreign hotel operators are in progress in the country.
Minsk hotels offer various types of comfortable stay. Here you will find:
There are also exclusive options for those who prefer mini-hotels with a special atmosphere to high-rise complexes. For example, the 11-room boutique hotel Gubernsky housed in a 19th century building in Minsk, offers genuine luxury.
Big hotels are complete with facilities for business meetings, conferences and other high-level events.
Minsk also provides a wide choice of budget stay:
The network of hostels in the Belarusian capital has been steadily expanding. Today there are 9 of them with a total of nearly 400 rooms. They not only feed the demand for much needed budget accommodation but also offer special terms for visitors.
For example, there is an art hostel in Minsk where guests can admire works of contemporary Belarusian artists and meet interesting people. The hostel organizes special evenings, film screenings…
Hotel prices in Minsk vary from $15 (a hostel) to $320 per day (a standard room at the five-star hotel).
The price for a room in a four-star hotel averages $180-190. A room in an economy class hotel will cost $40-50 per day.
Luxury apartments are more expensive. The room category Apartment in the President Hotel costs from $420 per day.
Websites of hotels in Minsk and other major cities offer their own online booking services where you can choose suitable options and find out the details of your stay at the hotel.
If you need a hotel room in Minsk the best option is to reserve it via the website of the hotel you have chosen. The websites contain full information about all available services.