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What to Expect from Moscow Apartment Rentals

What to Expect from Moscow Apartment Rentals

If you are scheduled to travel to Moscow for business, you’re in for a treat. Moscow is a city with enormous historical significance and a rich cultural heritage. Nevertheless, the sheer size of the city and its population of 10 million can make Moscow difficult to navigate. That’s why many business travelers see the wisdom in selecting a fully equipped, serviced apartment rental for their stay.

With a short term rental, business travelers can enjoy many of the comforts of home and relax at the end of the day in a stress-free environment. Although Moscow rentals run the gamut when it comes to quality, it’s worth your while to select a business class apartment. When you do, you can expect the following features and amenities:

English-Speaking Staff – When you can literally speak the same language, it’s much easier to concentrate on the business at hand. You can get your questions answered, find the services you need, and understand Moscow’s nuances. Similarly, an establishment operated by Westerners understands and can fulfill the needs of the Western traveler.

Desirable Location – You most likely want to find a short term rental within the Garden Ring Road of the Arbat area of Moscow. There, you’ll be close to supermarkets, embassies, stores, restaurants, and ATMs.

Communications and Entertainment – A fully serviced apartment rental should have free high-speed Wi-Fi Internet, a 3-in-1 computer printer/scanner/copier, a telephone with free local calling, free satellite or Internet television with English language channels, and a DVD/CD player.

Bedroom – Moscow rentals typically come with one bedroom that has a queen-sized or double bed with hotel quality linens. The bedroom should have central heating (and, most often, air conditioning), a wardrobe, a bedside table, a clock radio, and robes and slippers.

Living Room – The living room should have a sofa that converts to a double bed, a coffee table, and a workstation with a swivel office chair. It may or may not have separate armchairs.

Kitchen – The kitchen will be equipped with a refrigerator and freezer, as well as a cook top, microwave, teakettle, and toaster. It should also be stocked with crockery, cutlery, glasses, and cookware.

Bathroom – The bathroom should have the usual amenities, along with heated towel rails and hotel-grade towels. It should also have a washing machine, which will make it easier to pack light.

Security – The apartment should have either a double or triple deadlock on a steel door, and should have either a PIN code or magnetic key entrance to the building. The better business class short term rentals will also have a concierge on duty.

Travel Assistance – Although it is likely to cost extra, you can expect to receive help with your travel arrangements. The most reputable companies can provide you with airport VIP service that enables you to move through customs quickly, transportation to and from the airport or train stations, and taxi service. They can also assist you in meeting Russia’s stringent requirements for visa registration, and guide you through the unfamiliar maze of regulations concerning visitors to Moscow.