Location & Directions

Universitetskaya Hotel

Nearest metro: Universitet

The Universitetskaya Hotel is located in the south-west of Moscow, in an area dominated by the extraordinary building of the Moscow State University central campus. The are around the hotel is pleasantly leafy, with several parks.

The Universitetskaya is over 20 minutes' walk from the nearest metro station, Universitet. Fortunately, there are several trolleybus, bus, and marshrutka minibus services running to/from a bus stop 100m from the hotel and, as the journey is straight down Lomonosovskiy Prospekt, guests should have little difficulty orienting themselves. Buses 103, 130, 187, 260, and trolleybus 34 currently follow the route, and the stop for the hotel is Ploshchad Indiry Ghandi. From Universitet, it is a 15-minute ride to Biblioteka im. Lenina, which is right next to the Kremlin in the very centre of Moscow.

Kievskiy Station is the closes mainline station to the Universitetskaya Hotel, and can be reached by taxi in less than 20 minutes. Moscow's other railway stations are all within 40 minutes' drive in reasonable traffic conditions.

The Universitetskaya is reasonably convenient for Vnukovo Airport, which is only 20km from the hotel. The drive to/from the airport should take 30-40 minutes. Quick access to the Moscow Ring Road also means that Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo Airport are both about one hour's drive away.

Local Sightseeing

The main visitor attraction near the Universitetskaya is, of course, the main campus of Moscow State University, a little less than 20 minutes' walk from the hotel. The most prestigious university in Russia, it is centered around perhaps the most famous of the Seven Sisters, the extraordinary Stalinist neo-gothic skyscrapers that marked the apogee of Moscow's post-war redevelopment. Lev Rudnev's truly monumental building was the tallest in Europe from its completion in 1953 until 1990. Although there is no access to the impressive interiors, it is well worth wandering round the outside through the formal gardens, and enjoying the impressive views over central Moscow from the Sparrow Hills on the northern side of the university. Just to the west of the main building are the Moscow State University Botanical Gardens, although access is only on guided tours.

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