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Hotel Rossiya L h Phone 7 (812) 329-3909
Rates: Standard single 800 rubles ($26.67); standard double 1300 rubles ($43.33); updated single 1450 rubles ($48.33); upgraded double 2400 to 2700 rubles ($80 to $90); semi-suite 2800 rubles ($93.33); suite 4000 rubles $133.33; apartment 5000 rubles ($166.67); extra bed 350 rubles ($11.67).
Location Rating: Fair. It is far from the heart of the city, yet near a busy section with lots of shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, McDonald's and a large park with a lake.
Proximity to Metro: Good. About a 10 minute walk. Park Pobedy Metro Station.
Lobby Appearance: Fairly new. The nicest part of the hotel.
Room Appearance: This is an old hotel. And the
older rooms are depressing. Unfortunately,
Useful Nearby Businesses: There is a lot nearby. We enjoyed lunch at Bistro Barracuda. It is a very nice, clean, new-looking cafe and it's very close to the hotel. My salmon dish was excellent. For two people the cost was a little over $8 for a high quality meal.
Hotel Restaurants: The hotel restaurant I saw did not look appealing to me, and I didn't like the atmosphere.
Other Amenities: Internet access only 60 rubles ($2) per hour. That makes them the lowest cost provider among Saint Petersburg hotels for internet access. There is a souvenir shop, a place to make excursion purchases, and a currency exchange place.
Would I Stay Here? I would prefer not to.
Staff Speaks English? The people I met at the hotel had too much difficulty speaking English.
Comments: This is a big hotel with 400 rooms. A large park with a lake is across the street. Also there is a playground area that children enjoy. Tanya says it is a pleasant place to walk in the summer. Many businesses are nearby. The metro is a short walk away. But this hotel is not close to the heart of the city. I would guess it is 9 miles away. Although the neighborhood is kind of interesting, I recommend against staying at the Hotel Rossiya. It is just not nice enough. Their advertising gives the illusion it is a decent place. Let me warn you that the chances are probably very good that you'll be disappointed if you are expecting to find the Rossiya to be a nice place.
Rates: Standard single $42; standard double $60; Updated rooms: 3 rooms for 2 people $128; luxury 2 rooms for 2 people $94; half luxury 2 rooms for 2 people $80; 2 rooms for 2 people $74; 1 room for 2 people $64 to $88. Breakfast included.
Location Rating: Fair. A major street, Liteny Prospekt, is nearby. And beautiful old buildings are everywhere. But there are some ugly areas nearby too. Close to the core of the city.
Proximity to Metro: About a 15 minute walk to Cherneyshevskaya Metro Station or Mayakovskaya Metro Station..
Lobby Appearance: Clean. Looks okay.
Room Appearance: Of the 170 rooms here, we know that at least one is very, very nice and looks brand new. We saw a couple other rooms that we thought were so so. They only showed us their nicest rooms.
Useful Nearby Businesses: You won't have to walk far to find stores.
Hotel Restaurants: They have a bar area in the lobby that was sort of comfortable. They also have a cafe and a nightclub which we didn't see.
Other Amenities: Sauna, small pool, currency exchange.
Would I Stay Here? Maybe. We saw one great looking, brand new room. I would take that one, but not as my first choice.
Staff Speaks English? Yes.
Comments: From the street, this hotel looks like a moon base. I consider it to be a monstrosity. The building is completely out of character with the rest of the neighborhood. From the outward appearance, it looks like a modern hotel. Once you get inside though and see the corridors, you come to the realization that this place is old. And a bit ugly. When the elevator door opened and I saw the little lobby area on one of the guest floors, I was actually stunned by the awful colors I saw. The decor was terrible. The atmosphere was shocking to me. And the corridors were old, dark, and ugly. The rooms we saw were not so bad. (We only saw their best rooms.) But overall we were not excited about this place. Tanya thought it was a good hotel before we walked in. When we left she considered it to be just so so. It is not an impressive facility.
Saint Petersburg Hotel J
Remodeled river view suites are great. http://www.hotel-spb.ru
Peak Season Rates: Standard single with a bad view $60; updated single with a good view $100; updated double with a good view $120; updated luxury suite with a good view $160. Prices include 20% VAT but not the 5% city tax. Breakfast is included.
Location Rating: Good. Hotel is located along the Neva River. Interesting views. The Cruiser Aurora is parked very close by. It would probably take you 30 minutes to walk to the SS Peter & Paul Fortress. This is not a heart of the city hotel, but it is within sight.
Proximity to Metro: Fair. It's about a 15+ minute walk to Ploshchad Lenina Metro Station. You may have some trouble finding it unless you have a street map.
Lobby Appearance: Clean, plain, and a little dated. The appearance is fine though.
Room Appearance: The recently updated rooms with a view of the river are nice. Their updated luxury suite with a river view is really nice and a good value at $160.
Useful Nearby Businesses: It's quiet here. Not many stores or cafes immediately around.
Hotel Restaurants: It appears they have 2, plus a small bar area in the lobby. One of the restaurants was closed when we visited. The other restaurant was expensive and we felt for the same money we could have a nicer atmosphere and a more satisfying time at many other higher end restaurants in the city.
Other Amenities: Internet access for $6.30 per hour in your own little private office. I liked this.
Would I Stay Here? Yes, for the luxury suite with a river view!
Staff Speaks English? Yes.
Comments: This is a large, 70-ish hotel. No pool. No billiards or bowling. They have currency exchange, a post office, and a few souvenir shops. If there is a time when it pours rain and you don't want to leave the hotel, you might get bored rather quickly here. The old rooms are old and the new rooms are much more attractive. I strongly suggest you request a river-view unit. And the luxury suite is a great deal. Very, very nice... especially for the price (book early). The hotel doesn't really have any comfortable hangout places, and there is not much in the area in the way of cafes or interesting shops. If you don't mind walking, you can stroll to the SS Peter & Paul Fortress and make your way to Palace Square from there. Or you can hike 15 minutes to the nearest metro station and that will take you to the heart of the city. For the money, this place is okay as long as you get a river view and an updated room.
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