The oldest settlement of the Russian North, Veliky Ustyug, is considered the birthplace of Santa Claus. Today it is the most popular tourist destination in the Vologda region. The project started in 1999. At the moment, there are direct tourist trains from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vologda, Kazan, and the number of bus tours is simply impossible to count. Guests are accepted not only by large hotels of the city. Local residents are actively helping to develop infrastructure. Recently, a considerable number of mini-hotels have appeared, the best of which were included in the TOP-10 rating.
- 1 Mini Hotel HappyInn
- 2 Boutique Four Seasons Veliky Ustyug
- 3 Hotel in the Fiefdom of Santa Claus
- 4 Dezhnev home
- 5 Scandinavian style house in the center of Veliky Ustyug
- 6 Ecopark Novoye Kuzminskoye
- 7 Guest House on Kirova
- 8 Estate of Dobrynya Nikitich
- 9 Guest house Dubrava
- 10 New cottage
- 11 Selection of hotels Veliky Ustyug on map
Mini Hotel HappyInn
The fund of the mini-hotel“HappyInn”has a total of 4 rooms. Two Standards for 4 people with a combined bathroom, a double bed and a large sofa. The rooms have a kitchenette with a microwave and a kettle. The other two studios. They can accommodate 5 people. As beds there is a large bed, a sofa and a folding armchair. The kitchen has a cooker, refrigerator, microwave, all necessary utensils. Breakfast can be ordered, which consists of omelet, cereal, pizza, tea/coffee. For an additional fee, a barbecue with accessories, a smokehouse, orders for a sauna and a transfer are accepted.
“Clean and beautiful cabin, but is far from the center. If you have your own car, the road will take 5-7 minutes. We specifically chose this place because it is far from noisy tourist sites. We didn’t cook ourselves, we went to the Gleden and Emerald restaurants. They are nearby” Vera, Russia
Boutique Four Seasons Veliky Ustyug
The 2-room guest house is a 20-minute walk from veliky Ustyug’s main attractions. It is good to stay here at any time of the year. In summer, the closest way to get to the boat station is to walk, in winter – to take walks on events with the participation of heroes of Russian fairy tales. The house has a terrace with furniture, a brazier for kebabs, all appliances are installed. The house is decorated in a light range, which gives the interior spaciousness and conviviality. Interesting elements of the décor all the time remind guests that they are in the fiefdom of Santa Claus.
“Cosy house with friendly hosts. They provide free parking and are connected around the clock. They take with domestic dogs, they do not take money for living four-legged. The house is located in the private sector, the neighbors are calm, the situation is quiet. Good for families with small children” Olga, Russia
Hotel in the Fiefdom of Santa Claus
If you want to live next door to Santa Claus, then you should pay attention to this old wooden house with a mezzanine. Today it is completely rebuilt into a cozy hotel with its own cafe. The complex with its own garden and a well-kept courtyard is located in the village of Lopatnikovo. Such hotels are not uncommon in Veliky Ustyug. They preserve the atmosphere of antiquity and faith in good miracles. The territory is always festively decorated. The friendly staff does everything to make guests decide to come back here again. They will bring food and drinks from the bar to the roomif the guest makes such a reservation. The café will prepare packed lunches on the road if guests leave or go on one-day sightseeing tours.
“Everything is so old, the rooms are small but very nice! The staff is a miracle! We were satisfied with the reception and the fact that we lived a little in an old mansion near the tower of Santa Claus” Julia, Russia
In the New Year’s fairy tale with a European level of service invites guest house dezhnev home. The interiors of the rooms are distinguished by the author’s design, solid classical furniture, home-style equipped kitchen. The house provides for any trifles – a high chair for feeding a child, a “red corner” for Orthodox believers, bunk beds for children, a drawing board. In other words, all that is at home is here. The bathroom is combined, it has a multifunctional shower and a bath. A washing machine, dryer and ironing board are in a separate room. In the courtyard there is a barbecue area with a brazier and furniture. One-storey house with a mezzanine is located in the city center (private sector), all tourist sites can be reached on foot. Santa Claus Residence is 10 km away.
“The owner thought very well through the design and facilities. Such hotels are not uncommon in the Russian north, but this one exceeded all expectations. A beautiful dining room with a kitchen, isolated bedrooms, two bathrooms, a separate laundry room – everything is done harmoniously and as comfortably as possible. In the kitchen there is sugar, salt, oil, seasonings, so usually take care of guests in European guest houses. Service at the level, thanks to the owner” Elena, Russia
In the city center there is also another modern house,decorated in a laconic Scandinavian style. The bright range of the interior, interesting décor and acoustic guitar create an unforgettable atmosphere of an eternal holiday. A feature of the living room are panoramic windows that flood the room with natural light. The house has two bedrooms, one of which can be designed for children. Bathroom combined. It has a bathtub and a shower compartment with a combined watering can (regular and rain shower). The owners collected a small library and arranged a separate office with a desk. In total, the house can comfortably accommodate 9 people.
“Nice modern house is a five minute walk from the city center. YOU are within walking distance of shops, the Post Office of Santa Claus, museums with master classes, slides and an indoor skating rink with skate rental. In your free time in the yard you can fry kebabs, play the guitar or board games, read, listen to old records” Sergey, Russia
Ecopark Novoye Kuzminskoye
In Veliky Ustyug there are very stylish and modern hotels made according to ECO-standards. One of them is located in the village of Kuzminskoye, which will have to be reached by ferry across the river. This is a complex consisting of wooden cottagesbuilt on innovative technologies on stilts. Each house has a bedroom, a kitchen-living room, a combined bathroom. Special attention should be paid to household appliances. These are high-quality devices that can satisfy the claims of any demanding guest. The bathroom has a multifunctional shower. In front of the houses there are terraces with barbecue facilities. Nearby flows the Luza River, on the bank of which there is a comfortable beach.
“Great place in the lap of nature. At first glance, not very cozy, but a full-fledged improvement of the territory is underway. There is free parking, a playground is built for children. If desired, you can order a sauna. The ferry runs often, the road to the recreation complex is in decent condition” Oleg, Russia
Guest House on Kirova
The complex of one-storey wooden buildings is located in a closed protected area. Inside there is a cozy courtyard with a playground, benches and interesting art objects. In winter, a slide is installed in the yard for riding on ice and small tubes. The number of rooms consists of small rooms decorated with natural wood. The interiors are home-made weaving products. Dining room furniture is made in the style of “rustic” and is a massive table and stools made of wood. The family rooms have a double bed for parents and a bunk bed for children. Each house has a bathroom with shower, kitchen, dining and living areas. In one of the buildings there is a real Russian stove. Parking is free.
“Great complex with folk motifs in the design. The tale begins with a gate and a wickets. Passing through the massive wooden doors with forged handles, you immediately get to the Russian farmstead. Great entourage, good service, hospitable host. What else do you need for a good rest? There is a place for kebabs near every house» Vitaly, Russia
Estate of Dobrynya Nikitich
A real Russian epic atmosphere is guaranteed by the hotel“Usadba Dobrynya Nikitich”. It is located on the outskirts of the city at the very foot of the ski slope. The rooms resemble rustic huts, but not in a stylized version, but for real. Rough furniture, patchwork quilts and pillows, full decoration with wood and its derivatives, striped paths on the floor resemble a vacation with a grandmother in the village. Among the facilities there is a common kitchen, a lounge, a bar, a barbecue, a children’s playground, rental of sports equipment (skis, bicycles). A continental breakfast is served in the morning. The stock has rooms with their own bathroom, but most of the guests use the toilet and shower on the floor.
“A relatively cheap level both in terms of money and accommodation. It is better to book a room with amenities, since the common toilet during the influx of visitors does not have time to clean properly. Otherwise, everything is very decent. Breakfast is edible, there is always something to do» Dmitry, Russia
Guest house Dubrava
On the outskirts of the village of Lopatnikovo is a guest house“Dubrava”. It is built of logs, so it is especially easy to breathe, sleep well, in summer it is not hot, and in winter it is not cold. The fund consistsof 5 rooms located on two floors. It offers a garden, a shared kitchen, a library in the living room, a barbecue area, free parking, internet. Santa’s Winter Garden is 5 km away. There you can walk on foot along the picturesque paths. The host can rent bicycles or ski equipment.
“The friendly host thought everything through to the smallest detail. We were met and placed. It was the season, so all the rooms were occupied. But they are located in such a way that the neighbors did not interfere with each other. There is also a convenient work area in the kitchen. Three housewives were cooking meals at the same time and never once collided. Very nice log house decorated in Vologda style” Natalia, Russia
The house on stilts is built on a hillside. It consists of two bedrooms and a living room with kitchen. Usually it is rented by large companies for holidays and weekends. The apartment is rented entirely. The bedrooms have bunk beds, extra beds are provided in the living room. The terrace offers panoramic views of the surrounding area. Nearby there is a ski slope, an equestrian club, cross-country trails. This cottage is built for those who dream of outdoor recreation, outdoor sports, meeting the New Year with maximum comfort.
“I recommend to get together with a large company and rent a house for the entire New Year holidays. You won’t regret it! Air, mountains, skis, sleds and unforgettable photo shoots are waiting for everyone in this hospitable cottage» Anna, Russia
Tourists come to Veliky Ustyug throughout the year. Santa Claus does not have vacations or vacations. the city’s hotels and their owners also operate year-round. Everyone has the right to choose what he likes. Some like to stay in the city and live in the course of all events. Others are in a hurry to go to nature. The best conditions for living in the natural area a few kilometers from the main entertainment area are offered by the Hotel in the Fiefdom of Santa Claus.