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Hi there! My name is Maxim Milyutin. I am based in Irkutsk, Russia's Siberia. Traveller, organiser of local travel talks, and owner of Irkutsk hostel. Travel for me is not necessary movement to some place far away from home, it's a state of soul. That's why I like to travel around my home region and and abroad as well. I'm happy to share my knowledge about Baikal with everybody! Feel free to ask me about Lake Baikal via the contact form Tatiana Baksheeva, our previous blog runner, remains with us as a contributor.

Your days in Irkutsk: basic information on where to stay

When you plan a trip to a foreign country the first question that arises in your head is “where to stay…?”. The minimum requiremets that you probably keep in mind is that a place should be safe, comfortable, and easy to reach and preferably located in the city center or at least not far from the main sightseeing points.

As in every city, there are several options in Irkutsk: hotels, hostels, apartments.


There is a variety of hotels in Irkutsk (a Russian search engine – – gave me the numbers of 82 hotels in the city and around). More that half of them rate themselves no less than 3-star hotels. But to my mind you shouldn’t have any expectations according to the rates:  hotel classification in Russia is voluntary. The lowest grade is 1-star; the highest is 5-star. You can find the most popular hotels with some reviews at, but if you want you can ask me or other locals to help you with a hotel. For single economy class room prices start from 2 000 rubles (~65USD) per night. Before choosing a hotel, please, pay attention to the year of opening, and if the hotel was built in 1980-s, please ask when the room was renovated. The best geographical location (to my mind) has Hotel Irkutsk: it’s located on the embankment of Angara River and you may have a wonderful view from the window. However, it’s the oldest in Irkutsk and used to be called Intourist.


If you like to meet people from different countries and do not mind to share a room with 3-4 people, you may stay in the hostel. Surprisingly for me, there are several hostels in Irkutsk. Prices start from 500 rubles (~16USD) per night. Almost all of them are located in the center of Irkutsk. Here is a list of hostels:


There are a lot of apartments that are rent for one or several nights, but I would recommend ask your local friends to find a good one for you. A price may vary from 800 rubles (~27 USD) per night.

In the next topics about accommodation we will talk about homestays in Irkutsk and Lake Baikal, about hotels, hostels, homestays and tourist bases at Lake Baikal.

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