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Saint Petersburg University Hotel
Location is fair, although they do have good apartments.
Rates: $40, $60, 80, and $100 for their best suites.
Location Rating: Fair. It is in the same big neighborhood as the Pribaltiyskaya Hotel. The hotel is buried in a huge apartment building next to an apartment building construction site, within a 3 minute walk to the Gulf. Nothing but huge apartment buildings around. You'll find many of these buildings to be ugly.
Proximity To Metro: Fair. It's at least a 15 minute walk to Primorskaya Metro Station, but you can easily get a mini-bus to take you there in a fraction of the time.
Lobby Appearance: Small, plain. I was surprised to see an armed guard. It's not a dangerous neighborhood in my opinion.
Room Appearance: The corridors on each floor have different colors. Overall they are plain, sterile halls. Behind the doors are some nice apartments. They have 110 apartments with kitchens, little toilet rooms and shower rooms. The best ones are nice and spacious. As the rooms become lower in price, so does the quality. Every apartment is clean, but the less expensive apartments have old furniture.
Useful Nearby Businesses: A shopping complex is across the street. A good supermarket is down the road towards the Pribaltiyskaya Hotel (orange building on the left). The 24 hour cafe across from that supermarket at the base of the neighborhood's tallest building (18 stories) is good. Plenty of other stores for all kinds of things are in the vicinity of the metro stop.
Hotel Restaurants: They have a 10 table cafe. I had shashleek and it was good. But the apple juice looked a little scary to me and I didn't drink it all. The french fries were on the greasy side too. Lunch for two came to 149 rubles (about $5).
Other Amenities: They have a service which washes and irons your shirts.
Would I Stay Here? Yes. I don't like the corridors, but the nice apartments are comfortable. I'm also very familiar with the neighborhood.
Staff Speaks English? "Some people speak English."
Comments: I noticed a smell on the 8th floor, but all the other floors we checked were okay. The average visitor would probably find this neighborhood to be a little scary, but I am told it is one of the city's more affluent sections. I spent over 4 months living in this neighborhood and never had any problems. Well, somebody gave me a dirty look once, but that was it. It's a family neighborhood.
Severnaya Hotel x Foreigners not accepted.
Hotel Skandinavia J&
An excellent suburban hotel.
Rates: From $69 for a single to $168 for a suite.
Location Rating: Northern suburbs of Saint Petersburg. Fifty meters to the Gulf Of Finland; 200 meters to the bus stop. Quiet area sprinkled with new million dollar homes.
Proximity To Metro: Nowhere near the metro! The 417 mini-bus will take you to Chernaya Rechka Metro Station in 30 minutes. The 400 mini-bus will take you to Ploshchad Lenina Metro Station (further away).
Lobby Appearance: Really nice. It is obvious once you walk in the door that this is a really nice, classy place.
Room Appearance: They look new. Dynamite.
Useful Nearby Businesses: It is a quiet, suburban, residential neighborhood. There are no businesses, shops or cafes nearby.
Hotel Restaurants: They have a nice, small restaurant.
Other Amenities: Outdoor pool and jacuzzi, banya/sauna, billiards, card playing room, horse riding, tennis, skating.
Would I Stay Here? Absolutely! It's a really nice place and very comfortable. Although it's far from the city.
Staff Speaks English? Yes.
Comments: There are 44 rooms and a few more will be added soon. It's a very high quality facility. (Just before this photo was taken, our driver got us stuck in a snow drift - it was like a blizzard. We almost stayed here.)
Hotel Smolneenskya J (No website.) 7 (812) 276-1099
Rates: Single $60; double $72; half luxury $96; luxury $120.
Location Rating: Good. This hotel is outside of the city's core area, but the governor's palace is right across the street, the British embassy and a Leningrad Oblast government building is also right there, so it is considered a very safe area. Also, the very impressive and architecturally unique Smolney Cathedral is there.
Proximity to Metro: Poor. It is a hike. Maybe 25 minutes walking time.
Lobby Appearance: Clean.
Room Appearance: Not bad. A little dated. But very clean. Similar to the Hotel Mercury.
Useful Nearby Businesses. You can find snack shops nearby.
Hotel Restaurants: They have a comfortable bar area downstairs and one restaurant. During our visit, a private event was taking place at the restaurant and we didn't get a look at it.
Other Amenities: It is a hidden hotel with only the smallest signage outside.
Would I Stay Here? Yes. The room decor is a little dated. But everything is kept very clean and you can tell it is a place of quality.
Staff Speaks English? I was told Yes.
Comments: This is another government owned hotel, but larger than it's counterpart the Mercury. It was formally used only by government people. I liked the corridors of this 160 room hotel. They have brand new elevators and an indoor garden is hidden behind the large door to luxury suite 201. Our hotel guide was very proud of his hotel and said because it is owned by the city, the facility is well maintained.
PS. In our photo, the hotel is not the entire building. Rather, its entrance is on the corner and the only signage is a small plaque on the wall.
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