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The Hotel Piterskaya
But far from the metro and they don't register visas.
Rates: Double with its own bathroom 780 rubles ($26); double with shared shower and toilet with another room 660 rubles ($22); rooms with 4 beds 840 rubles ($28).
Location Rating: Poor. It is very close to the Matisov Domik Hotel. The metro is far. The neighborhood is not that interesting, but you can walk to the Mariinsky Theater.
Proximity To Metro: Very poor. It probably is at least a 35 or 40 minute walk to Sennaya Ploshchad Metro Station. Our guide Elena and I waited for a mini-bus, or something to take us out of the neighborhood. We finally got a private driver to take us to the metro for 40 rubles.
Lobby Appearance: New. Plain. No elevator in this 5 story hotel.
Room Appearance: Modern. Bathrooms are modern. But some rooms share a toilet and a shower stall.
Useful Nearby Businesses: A cafe is at the local gas station and snack shops are also nearby.
Hotel Restaurants: They have a small cafe.
Other Amenities: They have an ironing room.
Would I Stay Here? Hmm... yes I think so. The conditions aren't bad, especially for the money.
Staff Speaks English? No.
Comments: The big negative with this facility, like the Matisov Domik, is that it is so far from the metro. The rooms were recently updated. They look kind of plain, but they are new in appearance. They don't handle visa registrations.
Hotel Piterskaya Update: January 2004. As I understand it, they have changed their name to the Admiralteyskaya Hotel.
Rates: Brand new double $50. Older room, $12.
Location Rating: Fair. Located in a neighborhood that looks fine, but the metro is far.
Proximity To Metro: Poor. It is too far. You need to pick up a mini-bus to get to Ploshchad Lenina Metro Station.
Lobby Appearance: Brand new.
Room Appearance: The hotel is undergoing a complete renovation which is expected to be completed by the middle of May 2002. They have a lot of work to do. We saw one new room that was ready for occupants and it was really nice. Everything is new. The bathroom was nice. And the price is just $50... a bargain. They are keeping a small percentage of rooms that are very basic. The cost is $6 per bed with a minimum of 2 people for those rooms.
Useful Nearby Businesses: Down at the corner is a store where you can buy food items. On the other corner you can exchange money.
Hotel Restaurants: They have a small bar/cafe area and a restaurant on the first floor.
Other Amenities: They have plans to offer shuttle service to Nevsky Prospekt. Wake-up calls. Currency exchange. Safety deposit boxes.
Would I Stay Here? Yes - in a new room.
Staff Speaks English? Yes, and they are so pleasant.
Comments: The management of this hotel speaks excellent English and they struck me as very professional with an acute concern for doing all they can to enhance a guest's experience with them. They have 180 rooms with nearly all of them under renovation as of February 2002. They are really putting money into this place. It should be a really nice place when it's finished. They might change the hotel's name.
Polustrovo Hotel Update: January 26, 2004. We took mini-bus 191 to arrive here and it is far from metro station Ploshchad Lenina. The last time I was here 2 years ago, most of the building was under construction. Now it looks much better. They have 16 singles for $90, and 80 doubles for $110. They also have slightly lower quality rooms with 24 singles and 43 doubles with prices in the $45 to $70 range. The hotel also now has a beauty salon, a cafe with tropical design theme, a night club, and a bar on the third floor. Forty more rooms are under renovation and it seems they will be a little more plush. The hotel has no air conditioning. While the bathrooms are nice, the bedrooms make me think "budget hotel." It's clean. It's new. But it's location is not good. This is the weakest thing about this hotel. Location. Also, a Polustrovo brochure I picked up says the hotel is "in the historical center of Saint Petersburg." I'm surprised and disappointed they used these words. It is a stretch of the truth in my opinion.
Prestige Hotel J& http://www.prestigehotel.spb.ru Phone 7 (812) 328-5338
Rates: Single $75; extended single $90; double $110; extended double $130.
Location Rating: Very good. In a quiet, yet interesting neighborhood with many interesting things within walking distance, including Palace Square (approximately a 30 to 40 minute walk).
Proximity To Metro: Good. You can walk to Vasileostrovskaya Metro Station in less than 15 minutes or cross the bridge to Sportivnaya Metro Station.
Lobby Appearance: First of all, this is another secret hotel. There is no sign outside. You must press an intercom button and request entry, and you don't even know if you're in the right place. Inside it's brand new, and really nice with a modern theme.
Room Appearance: All the rooms are great. Everything is brand new. What makes these rooms a little different is the modern interior design theme.
Useful Nearby Businesses: If you walk towards Vasileostrovskaya Metro Station, you'll find a McDonald's, a Pizza Hut, and all kinds of other businesses and shops.
Hotel Restaurants: They have a snack bar in the lobby.
Other Amenities: This place is very private.
Would I Stay Here? Absolutely.
Staff Speaks English? Fluent English.
Comments: If you want secrecy and privacy and
want a modern classy place to stay, this is the place. From what I understood, I
was told they reserve the right to refuse guests if they deem them unsuitable.
Only 10 rooms are available. I saw nearly all of them and they are all really
nice. Security is good and I was informed that it is an expensive neighborhood.
I was given the impression that customer service here will be superior. They
said the prices would rise 30% for the peak season.
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