An inexpensive and decent choice in an up-and-coming neighborhood, the Rus suffers the unfortunate drawback of a hideous design, which resembles a concrete spider. It was the ultimate in Soviet modernity when it opened in the 1970s. Holdovers from the Communist era include the "floor ladies" and the antiquated barber shop. The rooms are in various states of renovation, with the cheaper ones offering narrow single beds and showers with no stalls, and the more expensive (though still reasonable) ones including fresh carpeting and blond wood wardrobes. The dizzying floor layout may mean a long walk from the elevator. The hotel is not far from the lively neighborhood around Chernyshevskaya metro station and Taurida Gardens.
- © Frommer's 2013