Bega Hotel

There is not much in the way of visitor attractions in the immediate area of the Bega Hotel, except for the Central Moscow Hippodrome, which the hotel was originally built to serve.

Founded in 1834, the Hippodrome is Russia's premiere racetrack, home to the Russian Derby (run since 1886). This says nothing for the quality of racing which, although slowly improving as equestrian sports become popular with rich Russians, is still dire by Western European standards. The buildings, however, which date from 1930, are a superb example of early Stalinist neoclassicism, and guests on the higher floors of the hotel are offered superb views of them and of the horses exercising in the mornings.

Also on a sporting note, the Bega Hotel is about 20 minutes' walk from Dynamo Stadium, home to Dynamo FC, the Premier League club founded in 1923 by Felix Dzerzhinsky, head of the Cheka (the proto-KGB). Built in 1928, the stadium also hosts other sporting events and the occasional concert, and houses a small museum chronicling the history of the team.

Major attractions

Moscow Kremlin

Distance:6.5 kilometers
Taxi:15 - 25 minutes Show driving route
Public transport:It takes around 25 minutes to reach the Kremlin from the Hotel Bega. Head to Begovaya Metro Station (about 1 km from the hotel), and board a southbound train on the purple line. Travel three stops to Pushkinskaya, transfer to the gray line and continue south one stop to Borovitskaya, which is under five minutes' walk from the Kremlin's main visitor entrance. Show transit route

Red Square

Distance:5.5 kilometers
Taxi:15 - 20 minutes Show driving route
Public transport:It takes just under 30 minutes to reach Red Square by public transport. Head to Dinamo Metro Station (about 15 minutes' walk from the Bega Hotel) and travel south on the dark-green line four stops to Teatralnaya. Exit via the interchange station Ploshchad Revolyutsii, turn left out of the station exit and walk around 100 meters to reach the north side of Red Square. Show transit route

Bolshoi Theatre

Distance:5 kilometers
Taxi:It should take only 15 minutes, but can take much longer at evening peak times. Show driving route
Public transport:The trip will take around 25 minutes. From Dinamo Metro Station, around 1.2 km from the Bega Hotel, and travel south on the dark-green line four stops to Teatralnaya. On exiting the metro, you will be able to see the Bolshoi Theatre around 50 meters away to your left. Show transit route