1.45km from Tsarskiy PogrebokMy wife and I visited Kostroma May 6-11, 2018, in order to see the historical sites and enjoy the city, which friends in Moscow had recommended to us. We stayed at the Old Street Hotel. It is an excellent small hotel located within easy walking distance of the city center. We were able to walk further, to the beautiful 17th-century Resurrection Church on the Debre, and to take a convenient city bus to the famous Ipatyevsky Monastery and the nearby Museum of Wooden Architecture. The Gostiny Dvor trading rows with interesting shops are close by, as well as some good cafes and restaurants and the 'everything but bread' crafts collective. You can walk along the Volga and down many peaceful side streets with old wooden buildings. The staff of the Old Street Hotel was friendly and very helpful, and so were the Kostroma people whom we met. The hotel arranged a taxi to take us to the Alexander Ostrovsky estate at Shchelykovo near Kostroma, a wooded setting in the countryside where Ostrovsky wrote many of his plays. Attached to the Old Street Hotel is a very good restaurant which serves Russian specialties (especially fish) and large, excellent breakfasts. We had a comfortable room on the second floor. (Note that there is no elevator.) We got by well with our very limited Russian, both at the hotel and in the city. (Some of the hotel staff speak English; some don't. But the hotel went out of its way to be helpful, and we had no problems.) Kostroma is a lovely, quiet Golden Ring city saturated with history -- both the Romanovs and Godunovs had roots here -- and the Old Street Hotel is a fine base for exploring the city and its many attractions.