Nearest Metro: Gostiny Dvor (8 to 10 minutes)
Staff Speaks English? They are learning English.
Would I Stay Here? Yes.
The communal stairway is old and crappy, but it is so comfortable once inside this 5 room hotel. I like the main corridor with its warm halogen lighting. There is a nice little kitchen with a view of a brick wall, but it looks fine and even artsy. The rooms have no bathrooms. There are 2 shower rooms, and 2 toilet rooms. One shower has a toilet as well. There is bottled water available to guests.
This facility opened February 15th, 2003. It is very close to Kazanski Cathedral and Nevsky Prospect. A very interesting pedestrian bridge over the canal is just steps up the street, as well as a view of the unusual, very Russian, Church Of Spilled Blood.
I usually don't like hotels with shared bathroom facilities, but this hotel has a certain cozy feel that seems to make it more acceptable to me. And the prices are very good: $35 and up as of 1/27/04.
Street Address: Nevsky Prospect 88-68
Location: Excellent - heart of the city, but the communal foyer and stairway is totally crappy.
Nearest Metro: Mayakovskaya (5 to 7 minutes)
Staff Speaks English? Some. Depends on who is on duty.
Once you are in the hotel, everything is great. There are 7 rooms. The hotel opened October 1, 2003. So everything is new. I very much liked the kitchen. It is very cozy and you can prepare your own meal if you wish. The kitchen features a stove, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, water cooler, music and 3 tables. They also have a sauna! Only 550 rubles for 2 hours. Internet access is available for 30 rubles per hour.
Anabel is a nice little place. Though it is a pity there is that crappy communal entryway. The hotel shares it with the ordinary Russians who also live in the building. Also, I've heard the walls may be a bit thin.
You will find this hotel in the back courtyard (way off of Nevsky Prospect). The courtyard is not bad.
Also, the hotel has an apartment for rent. It is large and features a combination kitchen/livingroom plus bedroom and bathroom. I liked the rooms in the hotel better.
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