Nice Hotel, Wonderful Staff
Our family group visited Minsk from Moscow. We chose the Renaissance based on reviews and the quality of the brand. Three rooms were standard issue and I was given a junior suite (822) as an upgrade.
The quality of the rooms for the price was an amazing value. They are modern in design with plenty of space. The hotel features a pool/spa which everyone enjoyed. Breakfast was fantastic with a very diverse and abundant selection of foods and even an omelette station. We ate at the bar one evening and found it to be good as well. The only odd thing was the off hours at the Executive Club. There were a few snacks and soft drinks, but no opener for the bottles? A minor annoyance, but odd.
We asked the staff for assistance on many occassions and always found them cheerful and ready to help. Everyone spoke English (very well I might add) and made numerous phone calls for us to arrange/inquire about our excursions. You couldn't ask for a nicer group of professionals.
We were able to use the free Wifi to order Yandex taxis and found them to be very economical. They only offer economy and comfort level cars, but the value is great albeit with a bit of a wait. There are taxis on station at the hotel, but they charge more. However if you need a business class car, they are available.
Overall, we enjoyed our trip and stay at the Renaissance. The location is not optimum for city center attractions, but only a short taxi ride away. I would recommend it to travelers looking for a comfortable oasis at a good value.