KoikaGO (Kaliningrad): Every room in the Kaliningrad hostel KoikaGO refers to a city or a neighbourhood. For example, there are elk hiding between the windows in the room called "Helsinki”, paper cranes are flying around "Tokyo", and traditional hats adorn "Mexico." Unlike many other hostels, there are not only dormitory and private rooms but also apartments with their own private kitchens.
Yakorny Park (Petrozavodsk): Yakorny Park is a five-minute walk from the historical centre of Karelia's capital. Travellers can stay in a capsule room for either four or six guests. Each bed has its own lighting and lockable luggage storage is located underneath the beds. The hostel has a laundry and a well-equipped kitchen, plus you're also allowed to use the game console!
Bear Hostel at Arbatskaya (Moscow): The cheapest you'll stay at Bear Hostel in Moscow for is 500 roubles a night. At that price, you'll share a room with 15 other guests. For 850 roubles you'll stay in a room for six and for 1250 roubles in a private room for two. All the rooms have air-conditioning and lockers.
Netizen (Moscow): Netizen in Moscow calls itself the first premium-class hostel in Russia. It's true, no such category exists in official Russian accommodation classification, but the living conditions at Netizen are indeed excellent. The hostel opened in 2015 and it already has one of the top ratings on Tripadvisor (out of 1,400 Moscow's mini-hotels). It has enough space for 246 people and prices range from 700 roubles per night for a spot in a 14 bed dorm room to 5,000 roubles for a family room for 4. There is a sushi bar and Netizen helps foreign visitors with getting a Russian visa.
Geek Hostel (Voronezh): Geek Hostel in Voronezh won't leave you disappointed if you used to swap minidiscs, play Pokemon and cut school to play Sega with your friends in the 1990s. Apart from its great design, tourists are attracted by the hotel's location (close to Petrovsky square in the very centre of the city) and its low prices. A bed in a room for eight costs only 360 roubles, while a private room for two will set you back just 1000 roubles.
Arthostel on Lenina (Ekaterinburg): There are plenty of good hostels in the capital of the Urals, but Arthostel on Lenina was recognised as the best, not only in Ekaterinburg, but in the whole of Russia. Unlike many other mini-hotels, the largest room there only holds four guests. But prices still start as low as 550 roubles per bed, while a separate room costs 1200 roubles.
Rolling Stones (Irkutsk): Those to whom the name "Rolling Stones" means a lot should definitely go to Irkutsk. No, you won't see the legendary band live there, but if you're a fan, you will love the eponymous hostel. The hostel boasts several multi-capsule dorm rooms, a room for four and a family room.
Scotch Hostel (Volgograd): The Scotch designer hostel is located in the centre of Volgograd, so you can easily walk to the main tourist attractions. Bike rental is available and you can book a sightseeing tour as an additional extra. You can stay in one of four rooms named after a European country and decorated accordingly. Velikobritania (Great Britain) is for 14 persons, Shvetsia (Sweden) holds 10, Germania (Germany) takes eight and Italia (Italy) accommodates four.
Loft-hotel and hostel Nabokov (Rostov-on-Don): Loft-hotel and hostel Nabokov is surrounded by plenty of good bars and restaurants in the centre of Rostov-on-Don. The trip from the airport takes only 10 minutes by taxi and it's just 5 minutes from the train station. Guests can enjoy a huge lounge area and use the hostel's kitchen. There are comfortable rooms for one to six guests and prices range from 700 roubles for a dorm to 2,700 roubles for a family room.
Soul Kitchen (St.Petersburg): Soul Kitchen has been rated as the best hostel in the world, a title which it retained for several years in a row. Most of its guests come from abroad, which is a great excuse for Russians to practice their foreign languages and find friends from other countries.
Shukhov (Krasnodar): Hostel Shukhov, which is located in the centre of Krasnodar, is named after a great Russian engineer. The rooms are designed in minimalist style but have everything you could need. Prices start at 500 roubles for a bed in a dorm.
Twin Cities Melbourne (St.Petersburg): The name Twin Cities Melbourne might be confusing. The hostel is in St.Petersburg, so why Melbourne? The explanation is that they are sister cities. You can find references to Australia everywhere inside: there are pictures of kangaroos, a map of the continent, and Australian holidays are also celebrated here.
Hostel 77 (Moscow): Hostel 77 is located 300 metres from Pushkinskaya Metro station. You can see that the owners created the place with love and a lot of the fittings are charmingly home-made. There are only 4 rooms here: for 2, 4, 6 and 8 guests. Prices range from 950 roubles for a bed in the dorm to 2,700 roubles for a suite for two.
Stereo hostel (Kazan): In February, The Guardian recommended Stereo Hostel as one of the best places to stay in Kazan. Surprisingly it's not expensive at all: a dorm bed is only 400 roubles per night, and a room for two is 1,000 roubles.
Hostel 1912 (St.Petersburg): The owners of Hostel 1912 call it the smallest hostel in St.Petersburg. It's well hidden, tucked away in a Petersburg courtyard. There are five rooms here, three of which are family rooms. The most expensive is 1,900 roubles per night, while the cheapest is a bed in the dormitory at 500 roubles. Breakfast costs an additional 200 roubles.
Hostels are usually associated with budget accommodation for unprepossessing travellers. A crowd of unwashed backpackers, students from Europe in a drunken stupor and their peers from Asia cooking instant noodles in the kitchen.
However, for many hostels that image is all in the past. Now they offer a different concept for holidayers: not just accommodation, but exciting acquaintances and the opportunity for interaction with an international community of travellers.
For a long time now, hostels have been offering great quality rooms for one or two people - even with private bathrooms. The design at some hostels could compete with those of boutique hotels too. Lenta.ru, with the help of some tourism experts, made a list of the best hostels in Russia.