(1) Hotel Amethyst
Ul. Lenina 3, the absolute center of the city. We couldn’t find the hotel’s own site but stumbled onto one on the Welcome to Kola Club’s site. Tripadvisor.com and komandirovka.ru feedback is largely negative.
Ul. Podedy 29a, tel.: +7 (815 55) 62666. Rates: inexpensive, around $50/room. Mostly positive feedback.
(3) Hostel Shery >>
In the outskirts of Apatity. Lots of general info on Apatity on Sheri’s site. The place positions itself as functional and budget “for the active crowd”. Lots of positive feedback. The hostel was established only two years ago, which means that the owners haven’t had a chance to get tired of life and to get to hate their guests, and are full of enthusiams for their business.
(4) Mini-hotel “Apatity”
Their site, apatity.su, appears to be permanently in the “temporary blocked” state. From other sources the address is ploshad Lenina 2a, tel. +7 (953) 750-8472. The establishment is new, and promises breakfast, self-serve kitchen, and Wi-Fi. They can also meet guests at the airport or at the railroad station in Apatity or Murmansk.
Ul. Fersmana 2, tel. 8-(81555) 79-717 and 8-(81555)79-718. Rates are more than reasonable, starting $25/room/night. Their rate card >>. Very positive recommendation from a friend of Alexandra’s. The problem is that you get get in only during business hours, from 9am to 5pm. No full-time reception. Order a room in advance and agree on where and how you are getting the keys. Reports of guests getting locked out of their rooms because of door/lock setup. No English.