Moscow - start with a bad taste

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We are in Russia!
We made it, we are in the former Soviet capital Moscow. Looking forward to discover the city we went to get all our luggage and went to the exit. We met one of the team, which was guiding to a private taxi. On the way to our hotel we went a long grey buildings and atomic power plants. It looked how we where expecting it, but than we saw a lot of familiar things. Close to the highways there was a massive IKEA and some other western chains, first signs of Mc Donald’s. Yep, capitalism and globalism hasn’t made stop of Russia.

Finally we arrived at our hotel. Hotel Salut, what a fitting name. It was surrounded by a couple of massive blocks full of flats. (See the pictures).
Till jet everything just worked find, until we tried to check in.
They refused our credit cards, they said their machines don't work right know. So we had to pay the whole stay at once in Rubel. It was 1500 Euros in total. They didn’t give us the option to pay later, when it will work again or to organize the money somewhere else. It was hard to communication with the people working at the reception because they hardly could speak English and our Russian wasn't really helping us as well. (Hotel Salut is one of the official international hotels.)
First we thought, no worries we just use ATM around the corner, but it refused all our ATM cards. No other was close :-(
Then we managed to collect all our money together and change all our USD's and EURO's at the hotel. Glad that one of us had quite a bit of cash with him. In the meantime we saw others paying with their credit cards.


The reason why they didn't wanted our cards was because they would get more money out of us. When paying cash they don't need to pay the disagio to the credit card company, which is up to 4% and additionally they got a few percentage because we changed the money there as well.

The security to enter was always checking everyone, which wanted to go to the rooms. There were different elevators for domestic and international guest. In every floor a mostly older woman was sitting, that’s where you got your room key after the security check.

Next experience was when we opened the room for the first time. The door looked like someone as been there already!!

TIME FOR VODKA - With a few Rubels left we when shopping. It would take an extra few days to find a working ATM in Moscow.

Oh yes, I forgot – Welcome to Russia
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We are in Russia!
We are in Russia!
Approaching our hotel
Approaching our hotel
Waiting, waiting, waiting.........…
Waiting, waiting, waiting........…
Yes someone has been here before..…
Yes someone has been here before.…
Our balcony
Our balcony
Room with a view
Room with a view
Room with a view
Room with a view
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Salut to forget!
Hotel Salut is 30 minutes from city center. To reach the next metro station you have to walk about 10 minutes from the Hotel. Hotel Salut has over… read entire review
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