Obviously, the best option is to stay close to the city centre to have the option of exploring by yourself. However, in Minsk a lot of people don’t speak English very well – and this you will experience in hotels as well.
I stayed at the Crowne Plaza hotel, which has a great location for sightseeing. But I think there are quite a few other hotels, which I would recommend over this one. The location was great, but the interior, smell and food wasn’t anything I would recommend.
So here you have my list of good places to stay at in Minsk:
Europe Hotel is a more exclusive hotel, but highly recommended by the locals in Minsk. It is located right next to the exclusive shopping mall GUM.
One reason I think this hotel is worth staying at is because of its history. The hotel was built back when Minsk was part of the Russian Empire. Later on, in 1884 they grew and turned it into a 3-story building. At that time, it was the largest building in Minsk. It was a true luxury hotel offering bathtubs, electricity phones and hot water. But during the second world war, the hotel was completely destroyed. It wasn’t until 2004 where they started restoring the hotel and opened its doors in 2007 as a 5-star hotel.
The Minsk Hotel, a 4-star hotel, is located close to all the typical attractions. Here you can walk to Gorky Drama Theatre, the Belarusian National Arts Museum and Dynamo Stadium. The restaurant itself has 2 restaurants and serves local and traditional dishes. They have a really nice fitness centre and a shuttle bus to the airport if needed.
What I love about the Garni Hotel is their interior and historical look. It has a 19th century eclectic style. The building did not get greatly affected by the second world war, but has had some restorations since the 1960s. During those years, things like balconies and some decorations have been removed. Today, the appearance has been preserved with interior and style having been recreated from the 19th century.