Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel
This hotel just changed ownership in January 2002. It was the Sheraton Nevskiy Palace Hotel.
Peak Season Rates: Single classic room $336; double classic room $384; deluxe single $396; deluxe double $480; single smart room $396; double smart room $480; single junior suite $600; double junior suite $660; single executive suite $660; double executive suite $720; presidential suite I $1600; presidential suite II $1900; single towers classic room $564; double towers classic room $600; single towers executive suite $740; double towers executive suite $800. Prices do not include the required 25 percent tax. Breakfast is an extra $22. And white nights rates may be higher.
Location Rating: Excellent. The heart of the city.
Proximity to Metro: Very good. It's a 7 to 10 minute walk in either direction. Gostiny Dvor or Mayakovskaya Metro Station.
Lobby Appearance: Clean, modern and attractive with plenty of attendants waiting to serve you (or throw you out if you don't belong).
Room Appearance: The hotel was opened in 1993 and they are planning on refurbishing their 283 rooms. But they are still fine quality rooms of course. Among the 283 rooms, 110 are non-smoking.
Useful Nearby Businesses: Everything is here. You merely have to walk down the sidewalk.
Hotel Restaurants: They have some really nice looking restaurants - five.
Other Amenities: Everything you would expect a top hotel to have. In addition, they have a doctor available 24 hours a day.
Would I Stay Here? Absolutely.
Staff Speaks English? Yes, of course.
Comments: There is a mini mall here with upscale shops including an interesting little art gallery. As of January 2002 the hotel was sold. The new owners will develop the two adjoining buildings to add more hotel space and shops. But these improvements will not be finished for quite a while and not in time for the 2003 celebration.
Design Hotel x Foreigners not accepted. 7 (812) 560-8661
This place is horrible! A ghetto. They don't handle foreigners and they thought we were crazy to even consider that foreigners might stay there.
Rates: Single $108; double $126; double with 2 beds $146; triple $192; suite $198. VAT included, but add 5% city tax to these prices. Breakfast included.
Location Rating: Fair. It is not an interesting neighborhood at all. Just residential apartment buildings. No interesting architecture here either. A very plain area.
Proximity to Metro. Very good. An 8 to 10 minute walk, at the most. Novocherkasskaya Metro Station. It's fairly simple to get to.
Lobby Appearance: Clean. Small. Fairly modern.
Room Appearance: The rooms are fine. Most of them were updated in 1996 and they look newer. Ten out of 96 have been set aside for non-smokers.
Useful Nearby Businesses: I noticed there was a billiards place a short walk from the hotel. There is not much else around that looks the least bit interesting. The hotel describes (spins) the area as ecologically clean with no nearby industrial establishments. But it is a valid point. Many of the city's hotels have smokestacks nearby.
Hotel Restaurants: They have a restaurant that is acceptable in decor appearance and a nice little "night club" which looks like a comfortable hangout spot.
Other Amenities: Internet access, souvenir shop, currency exchange, sauna (additional $).
Would I Stay Here? Yes.
Staff Speaks English? Yes. Natalia spoke English very well and was very pleasant and accommodating. What a great hotel employee!
Comments: The outside appearance of this hotel, as well as the whole neighborhood, is not attractive to me. The building is 38 years old, but recent improvements have been made which makes it of acceptable quality for western tourists. Inside it is nicer. The staff was very friendly and English speaking. A big positive is the metro station is an easy walk away. It is too bad the neighborhood is so dull.
Doma Arkeetektorov Hotel (House Of
Rates: $24 to $49
Location Rating: This hotel is in Pushkin which is about 16 miles south of Saint Petersburg. And its location in Pushkin is fair.
Proximity To Metro: It's nowhere near the metro. You can pick up a bus at the Moskovskaya Metro Station to go to Pushkin. We paid just 15 rubles a piece for this ride (50 cents). The commute from the metro probably takes 30 minutes, depending upon traffic. You can also take the train to Saint Petersburg's Pushkinskaya Metro Station. If the idea of being inside a train car that is crammed full of people does not sound appealing, then I suggest you take the bus to Saint Petersburg. The train is not always crowded, but when it is, it is not a pleasant place to be stuck (pure hell).
Lobby Appearance: Old. Also, the vines growing up the sides of the building should be cut back. It looks sloppy.
Room Appearance: We saw four rooms. The first one looked old and plain, yet had a modern bathroom, so I had higher hopes after seeing it. Then the next three I saw had old, plain rooms with old, unattractive bathrooms, and two of them had easily noticeable and unpleasant smells. The rooms all have a TV and refrigerator.
Useful Nearby Businesses: You can buy snacks within a 10 minute walk.
Hotel Restaurants: We stuck our head into the restaurant and noticed a smell. I decided not to take a deep whiff. Elena, our guide who accompanied me on this trip, thought the smell was terrible. They have a nice, modern, cozy bar though on the lower floor.
Other Amenities: None.
Would I Stay Here? No way. Not with those odors.
Staff Speaks English? No.
Comments: This is the second best hotel in Pushkin and it's no good. They have 25 rooms available for guests..
Druzhba Hotel x Foreigners not accepted.
This hotel is not permitted to handle foreign tourists. They say they are renovating it right now, but I saw no dumpsters or any hint of remodeling work underway. ???
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