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Hotel Ekkos (§ 32716; www.kolaklub.com/eccos; pr Lenina 12a, 4th fl; s/d/tr R300/600/900) The seven neat rooms on the top floor of this red-turreted new building have TV, private shower and toilet. The place is friendly, but there's no lift.

Hotel Sport (§ 92650, 91145; www.kolaklub.com /sport; ul Dzerzhinskovo 7A; s R240-390, d R300-450) Each pair of rooms here shares a shower and toilet. Guests get a 25% to 30% discount on ski-lift tickets and enjoy a special ski bus service. The sauna costs R250.

Khibiny Hotel (§ 58902, 58901; ul Leningradskaya 25; s R425-550, d R780-980) Ideally placed for skiers 200m from the main ski-lift, this large turbaza (recreational complex) is about lkm from central Kirovsk. The rooms are merely functional, but they have private bathrooms.

Hotel Severnaya (§ 54442; pr Lenina 11; s/d USS80/160) This very central hotel has more-or-less Western standards, except for its tiny Russian beds. There's a lobby bar and restaurant (mains R20 to R200) with good food, loud music and cold service.

Eating options include Kafe Zodiak (pr Lenina 13; S llam-IOpm Mon-Sat, 11am-8pm Sun), which has prepared foods and only one table, and Internet Kafe Vechernee (ul Khibinogorskaya 29; S 2-9pm Mon-Sun, 2-11pm Fri & Sat, closed 5-6pm). The market (pr Lenina; Sl1am-7pm), opposite the Lenin statue, has a few tables of produce.

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