The Hotel Art is an easy 10-15 minute walk from the rail station and although situated on an unremarkable street, it is literally around the corner from the main downtown shopping and bar/restaurant pedestrian strip. It is also within walking distance of the Kazan Kremlin and other attractions.
It took a while to check in, and the attitude of the staff at reception was rather distant, but the room itself was fine - clean, and everything worked - and it had a great view towards the back of one of Kazan's largest and most colourful churches.
The staff warmed up slightly during our stay, well, the people in charge of the breakfast room had a smile or two in their repertoire. Breakfast was an interesting mix of whatever the kitchen had in stock, but was adequate.
Overall, the hotel offered good value, and had not attempted to capitalise too much on the fact that the World Cup was in town - at least, we were able to get a decent rate, although booking several months in advance had probably helped.
This is a property in a superb location with a clean and cool feel to it, and if the front of house staff were to up their game a little it would likely be a strong candidate for a five-star review.More
- Free Wifi
- Free parking