The Barnaul hotel is a very Russian style hotel that provides great rooms at low cost. The size of the room and the condition of the room is very good. Our room was exceptionally clean. The caveat is that like many Russian businesses it is a cash only location and the beds are very bad.
1) The restaurant is great from a food quality perspective and dramatic traditional Russian decor.
2) The location is very good in the center of the city making it easy to walk many places.
3) There is a great car rental company located inside that provides very nice cars for very reasonable prices. They don't offer insurance so use your credit card with coverage or make certain your car insurance will cover you in Russia.
It is not my first choice in Barnaul but if you have any concern about cost at all and your back is very strong and can take a night or two on a soft uncomfortable bed then the place is great.
Very average Soviet Union type hotel.
Clean though. You have a bed, a chair, a cooler (no bar), good number of towels and a bottle of water. That's all. The breakfast is boring with little choice. Ok to stay over a night or two. For a longer stay I would try some other place. Price average. Good location - 15 min drive from the airport.
Central location, english speaking (a plus in this area), room with good view but quite small. Very helpful at the reception. The restaurant has a good quality/price rate. Wifi only in the reception area.
We have a book back home in Finland called "Roadtrip to Soviet Union". It's written probably in the early 70s and describes how you can travel from Finland to Soviet Union in your own car. I think when I get home and see that book, I'll find Barnaul Hotel mentioned in it, and the hotel hasn't changed much.
Be early at the breakfast. Some of the items had ran out only one hour after the breakfast started! Also, the restaurant is in desperate need of remodeling - the heavy velvet and luxuryous soviet interior is kind of outdated to say the least.
Big refridgerator took a lot of space in the small room. We barely fit in the room with our Belukha climbing gear in two large basecamp bags.
Location of the hotel is excellent. Many good restaurants are in a walking distance away. Coffee Please coffee shop is basicly across the street, on Sotsialisticheskij prospekt/street, when you want your proper espresso-based coffee, and on the same prospekt there's the amazing Chinese/Japanese Ieroglif restaurant. Prospekt Lenin isn't far away either.
Room was clean and warm, which was good as during the night it was about 0 degrees outside in late September. It was over +30 in beginning of September but we went straight from airport to Tyungur and didn't stay in any hotel. But I didn't see much air-conditioning besides a small fan in the room closet by the door. The room prpbably got hot as the sun shines to the window all day.
Still, this is Siberia and Russia so I'll give the place three out of five. Typical Intourist-style place. It's quite cheap if you choose the cheapest room, or your travel agency chooses it for you like in our case.
First of all about rooms. I stayed in a 2 roomed single luxe. But it was not equipped well. Moreover they don't have card access so you get a really old fashioned key. The worst thing about the room was that it really smelled tobacco. The second worst was that they don't have enough sockets and they location really confused me.
Breakfast was really poor. I hardly found what to eat.