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Inpred Service J A very good value. 115 Leninskiy Prospekt Phone: 7 (812) 279-5597
Rates: $35 to $40.
Location Rating: Fair. It is a newer neighborhood. No old buildings. Lots of businesses. Lots of people. But nothing like the historical center of the city.
Proximity To Metro: Good. A 12 to 15 minute walk to Leninskiy Prospekt Metro Station. You can pick up a mini-bus or just walk it.
Lobby Appearance: There is a modern stairwell and a guard at the bottom. Security is strict. Upstairs there is an administrator's office and apartments.
Room Appearance: Conditions are very good, especially for the money. These are apartments with modern bathrooms and good kitchens.
Useful Nearby Businesses: Lots of businesses nearby, including a Pizza Hut and a fitness club.
Hotel Restaurants: A bar is in the building.
Other Amenities: Guarded parking is available.
Would I Stay Here? Yes. It is far from the center in a dull, and fairly new neighborhood. But the price is great for what you get and the metro station is close enough.
Staff Speaks English? Yes.
Comments: Located in back of building 115 in a large neighborhood of tall apartment buildings. The neighborhood is active with people. Many stores line the street. This organization has a specialty in arranging housing for foreign dignitaries and they have other apartments and summer cottages available.
Hotel Izhora K P It doesn't look like the suburbs, but it is. Phone: 7 (812) 464-2576
Rates: Suite 1500 rubles ($50); double for two people 1400 rubles ($46.67); double for one person 1200 rubles ($40); single with no bathroom 600 rubles ($20).
Location Rating: Extremely poor. In the southern suburbs. You pass a lot of junky apartment buildings on the mini-bus ride here. Far from the city center.
Proximity To Metro: Extremely Poor. Take mini-bus 275 from Rybatskoe Metro Station (the end of metro line 3). It takes about 10 minutes or so.
Lobby Appearance: Interesting marble lobby. A little old. Stairwell had a recent paint job.
Room Appearance: Rooms are old, but clean and in good condition. The beds are small. If you are tall you won't fit on the bed unless you sleep on an angle or curl your legs. Some rooms have no bathroom. Each floor has a shower and bathroom facility for these rooms and they looked fine. There are 47 rooms available.
Useful Nearby Businesses: Billiards, small disco. Computer club. Not much else around.
Hotel Restaurants: They have a 5 table cafe that looked nice and a modern, but very tiny bar room.
Other Amenities: Recently renovated banquet hall, lobby shop, solarium, sauna being renovated (March 2002).
Would I Stay Here? The director was very nice to us. I can tell they are really trying to make this a quality place, but I'm sorry I would not stay here. The beds are too small; the rooms are just so so for the price; the metro is nowhere nearby, and it is too far away from the action, plus the surrounding area is depressing to pass through.
Staff Speaks English? No.
Comments: There is a problem with hot water here. The local provider of hot water does not get the job done, so the hotel must heat it themselves. The expense of doing this prevents them from providing 24 hour hot water. So if you want to take a hot shower, you can only do it between 8am to 10am in the morning and 9pm to 11pm in the evening. It is a clean facility. They pointed out as a selling feature that they have no bugs.
Rates of rooms renovated in year 2000: Luxury suite $108; semi-luxury suite $90; executive single $54; executive double $58; executive twin $68; executive single large $58; executive double large $62.
Rates for older, unrenovated rooms: From $26 to $62, depending upon the size.
Location Rating: Very poor. The views from the hotel are awful. Ugly, soviet style apartment buildings are all you see. No nearby businesses. Very far from the metro. A really dull neighborhood with nothing interesting in sight.
Proximity To The Metro: Extremely Poor. You can't walk there, unless you want to waste an entire day hiking. We picked up the 28 mini-bus outside of Ploshchad Vosstaniya Metro Station, and for 10 rubles per person it will take you straight to the hotel. But it is a fairly long drive. Coming back, we took the 320 mini-bus (9 rubles per person) to Ploshchad Lenina Metro Station. It was a punishing ride, as the roads were in terrible shape. We also noticed that the 185 mini-bus would take you to Ploshchad Aleksandra Nevskovo Metro Station.
Lobby Appearance: Old. Needs new furniture.
Room Appearance: The new rooms are really nice, comfortable, and big. The bathrooms are big too. The older, lower class rooms for $26 or $32 are much better than the Sportivnaya, which wanted about the same money. But the rooms are still old and basic. The $26 room I saw had an odor. The administrator who showed us the rooms often had difficulty with the keys and locks. And if she had trouble opening them, you will probably have trouble opening them too.
Useful Nearby Businesses: The hotel has an old, beat looking restaurant with a stage. It is a big restaurant. The cafe was okay. They have lots of pool tables, an air hockey table you can play for just 10 rubles per game, a couple pinball machines and a few gambling machines. Outside of the hotel complex there are no other businesses within sight.
Hotel Restaurants: See above.
Other Amenities: Their brochure says they have a night club, currency exchange office, sauna, laundry and beauty salon.
Would I Stay Here? Yes, I would stay in the renovated rooms. They are very comfortable. But the location of this place stinks. So it would not be among my first choices.
Staff Speaks English? The administrator who showed us around understood some English. She was very accommodating.
Comments: An advertisement says they have 174 rooms. But only 72 have been renovated. With the landscape full of tall, unattractive soviet-style apartment buildings that are in varying stages of decay, and nothing else, this location is a bit lonely. It is far from the excitement of the inner city. It takes too long to get to a metro station. There is nothing interesting to see here; no interesting place to hangout and relax; no river; no canal; no monuments; no gardens; no historical sights. Just a large, plain open space area surrounded by apartment buildings. Very, very dull. But they do have rooms that I would find very comfortable to spend the night in. They look new. Most of them had a wooden floor look. One had carpeting. We saw about 8 rooms altogether. The older rooms I would not be thrilled about staying in. For the money, the newer rooms are a good deal.
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