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Comfort Hotel    J     www.comfort-hotel.spb.ru         (812) 318-6700

email: info@comfort-hotel.spb.ru

Photo: Comfort Hotel, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Street Address: 25 Bolshaya Morskaya

Location: Very Good - within easy walking distance of Saint Isacc's Square

Nearest Metro: Gostiny Dvor

Staff Speaks English? Yes.

Would I Stay Here? Yes.

 

The Comfort Hotel opened in Summer 2002. The hotel is about a 5 minute walk from Saint Isaac's Square. The only outdoor signage is on the door. To enter the hotel, you must ring a doorbell and wait to be let in. This makes the hotel very secure, but it might also be a pain. However, there is always someone available 24 hours a day to open the door.

During my visit on January 8th, 2004 the hotel was under partial construction. Eight rooms were currently available. They were boosting that number up to 14 rooms which they expected to have ready by Spring (2004).

I was greeted by the beautiful blue-eyed Marina at the front desk. The rooms are tastefully decorated and quite nice. The facility has central air conditioning. There is a small 3 table hang-out area by the front desk.

The location is quite good. The rooms are very comfortable. Off-season pricing as of January 2004 is 95 to 179 y.e. Breakfast is included. The entryway in the photo may make it appear this place is nothing special, but it really is a good place to stay.


Hotel Dostoevsky
  
J     www.vladimirskiy.ru        (812) 331-3200

email: reservation@hotel.alice.ru

Photo: Hotel Dostoevsky, St. Petersburg, Russia. Really nice. Good location.

Street Address: 19 Vladimirsky Prospect

Location: Excellent

Nearest Metro: Dostoevskaya - right across the street

Ploshchad Vosstaniya - about a 10 minute walk

Staff Speaks English? Yes.

Would I Stay Here? Yes.

What a wonderful surprise this hotel is to me! Wow! I can't believe it was only rated a 3 star facility. No way - it is much better.

The Hotel Dostoevsky just opened in December 2003. It is the kind of place where somebody stands ready to open the door for you as you enter or exit the lobby.

The lobby is elegant. The staff has a very professional appearance. A cash machine is in the lobby, plus two elevators.

My facility tour began with a glance of the brand new, 200 store shopping mall which spans 5 floors (Vladimirsky Passazhe). Wow! I didn't even know it was there! The stores are upscale. There is a 24 hour supermarket there to pick up snacks and you can eat fairly well in the mall. I had a delicious lunch on the top floor of the mall. Wait until you see the bakeries there! You can even drop off your kid in a supervised indoor play area! The mall is great - just like home.

Some rooms of the hotel border on the mall atrium and provide very interesting views of the mall. Some rooms surround a "winter garden" courtyard in another section. And some rooms border another, interesting courtyard. And they have rooms with great views of Vladimirsky Cathedral, which is directly across the street! It is a beautiful old church. Those rooms have balconies too.

This hotel is *substantial* *impressive* and a good value. There are 207 rooms(!), a business center, fitness center, and hotel restaurant. Its design is very well conceived. I loved this hotel and everything it offered. The rooms had wood floors. I prefer carpet. But everything else I absolutely loved. The rooms are air conditioned. The windows are a type meant to block street noise. They have rooms for handicapped people. You cannot go wrong with the Dostoevsky. The facility is beautiful. The upscale mall, which the hotel is built around, makes the hotel even more attractive. Great views are right across the street. The metro is right there. Nevsky Prospect is a short walk north. This hotel is now one of my top recommendations. Super! How could they have received only 3 stars?

Photo: Vladimirsky Cathedral, across from the Hotel Dostoevsky, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Vladimirsky Cathedral, right across the street.

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