To those commentators who say that Omsk is barely worth the visit, I disagree, and this is a great hotel to stay of you do.
After 20 hours on a train and about 2 hours sleep I arrived at the Hotel Mayak at 4:00 AM with no reservation.
I asked for half price since half the night was passes but; it was still good value.
This hotel has been extended and refurbished to a very high standard with expensive materials using the theme of 'water' presumably because we're at the junction of two powerful rivers. The decor is better than many 5 star hotels. My room was an astonishing 70 square meters or so with a full width floor to ceiling window, a view over a river, BBC on the TV and everything is new.
However, later that day I had to move to the single room a tour agent booked which was about 25% the size and otherwise the same, but half price.
Along the rail I've visited Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk and Omsk has been the most interesting city, which is best evidenced because I've taken more photos here than all those other locations combined and this hotel is within easy walking distance to each attraction.
The best food I've found shares the same building with two Irish pubs; to be sure, to be sure. The museum is a nostalgic exhibition in itself and then there are the exhibits. The Cathedral is very impressive architecturally and alive with solumn worshipers.
However, the greatest attraction for foreigners and ladies in particular is, I think, the ecleptic international and Russian high-end shopping experience along the beautiful and superbly maintained classical architecture of Lenina Rd and all those attractions are within a 5 minute walk from the hotel. And, us blokes can wait in one of those Irish pubs!
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