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Cubicle Dreamin': On the Siberian Shores of Lake Baikal

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January 22, 2007 at 9:41 AM | by | ()

Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.

In this episode, Hotel Maven Amanda K fantasizes about Siberia. Enjoy.

The last time I stopped by Siberia's splendid Lake Baikal--don't be fooled into thinking Siberia's just freezing, because a summer spent next to the world's deepest lake is something special--I bunked in at a cold-water-only B&B. Next time round I want something a little more comfortable but 5-star luxury hasn't quite hit the shores of Lake Baikal (yet). The best I can find is the 4-star (Russian stars) Sun Hotel in Irkutsk, the nearest large city to the lake. One comment from a previous guest sums it up: "Everything is relative. This is an excellent hotel for Siberia."

But in fact, it really does look OK. It has all the usual features of a Western hotel, include internet facilities, satellite TV, a sauna and solarium, two restaurants, a café and guarded parking. And another satisfied guest had this to say:

No difference with Holiday Inn in Europe or some mid range hotels in the US. TV has BBC, CNN and stuff. Generous bathroom, king size bed, condition, everything very clean. Restaurant with easy to digest food. Definitely the best deal for the money. Even the most expensive room is not so expensive compared to prices in Europe.

The goal of your stay at Lake Baikal might be a break from a Trans-Siberian journey or just to see a different side of Russia to the big cities, and the Sun Hotel definitely seems a worthy enough place to stay: remembering, of course, that it's all relative.

[Photo: ChrisFlyer]

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