Irkutsk – Where to stay
The Irkutsk hotel industry has been actively expanding in recent years, especially in the areas of guest houses and youth hostels. The prices are often quite high, but companies’ Siberian hospitality helps make up for this.
Expensive and elegant
Boutique Hotel Marussia. The hotel is in a wooden house with cosy rooms and a decent breakfast. Church of the Saviour 5 minutes’ walk away. From $122 for a double junior suite with breakfast.
Courtyard Marriott Irkutsk City Centre. Four-star and standard quality of the well-known chain. Guests like the breakfast, but do not approve of the paid Wi-Fi. From $163 for a double room with breakfast.
International Hotel Sayen. Four-star hotel with new rooms and impeccable service. Proud of its Japanese spa. From $150 for a double room with breakfast.
Reasonable and affordable
Hotel Imperiya. Modern three-star hotel with small rooms and a decent breakfast. The attic rooms on the 5th floor are stuffy. From $70 for a double room with breakfast.
Hotel Irkutsk. A pleasant three-star hotel on the banks of the river with beautiful views. There is a gym, a spa and a good restaurant. From $80 for a double room with breakfast.
Hotel Angara. The rooms are old-fashioned and overpriced, but the staff speaks Chinese and it has a good travel organisation centre. From $90 for a double room with breakfast.
Kupechesky Dvor. Picturesque hotel with walls lined with timbers, in the tourist “Quarter 130”. Nearby are a lot of cafes, noisy at night. From $90 for a double room with breakfast.
Cheap and cheerful
Hotel Irkut. Budget “two-star” in the quiet centre, freshly renovated and with responsive staff. However, the soundproofing is poor. From $45 for a double room.
Mini Hotel London Eye. 5 stylish rooms and a homely atmosphere in the centre of the city. From $40 for a double room.
Hotel Matryoshka. Decent two-star hotel near the market. Noisy, but near everything. From $45 for a double room with breakfast.
Irkutsk Hostel. A modest homely hostel right in the city centre. The furniture hardly dazzles with its novelty, but for this price you can put up with it. From $27 for a double room with private bathroom, from $8 for a bed in an eight-bed room.
Baikal Story Hostel. Newly decorated and friendly service. Lots of foreigners. Wi-Fi at times not enough for everyone. From $33 for a room with a shared bathroom, $7 for a bed in a ten-bed room.
Dobry Kot. Colourful hostel with friendly staff. 10 minutes’ walk from the station. From $27 for a double room with shared bath, $9 for a bed in a six-person room.
Irkutsk - Must-see sites
For most tourists, Irkutsk is just "the gateway to Baikal", an intermediate point on the way to this unique lake.For most tourists, Irkutsk is just "the gateway to Baikal", an intermediate point on the way to this unique lake.