If you have to travel to a different region (other than Moscow and St. Petersburg), you have to be very careful with short-term rental apartments. You have to be really sure you know the company that offers you the rental apartment because in most cases they don't have any web site that is informative enough, and we have never seen any site that posts customer reviews in English.
Basically, renting an apartment from an unknown company in a town where you never had been before is a huge risk (or maybe an adventure, some would say). Since our company has a good partner in Novosibirsk
, we are able to offer inexpensive rental apartments there and be sure our client is safe in this apartment; but we will never encourage our customer to rent an apartment in a different town from a company that we don't know.
So, if you're travelling to one of the Russian regions, you might want to book a hotel for a start. At least, you have a reception to call if you have problems with your room. You have to be careful with the hotels too, but you can ask us to help you make your choice
. There are many hotels in Russian regions that are small and owned by who-knows-who, and even if they announce that their hotel is a 5-star hotel, it may not mean a thing. It is probably better to book a hotel of a Western chain if available. These hotels are usually more expensive, but it's a kind of a guarantee that the room will be safe, comfortable, and the hotel itself is well-located.
But if there are no such hotels in the town where you're going, you'll have to do some research, and if you don't speak Russian, we can do it for you. One just has to visit a couple of web sites that post reviews of people who were there on short business trips and share their impressions to help travelers that will come after them. Sometimes it's the only way to tell what hotel will suit your needs best. The price is usually better than in Moscow, of course, so you can afford booking a relatively expensive hotel in the region so you can feel safe and secure. Making a choice when you don't really know what you're choosing from is a hard task, but that's what we are here for.