In a town where Oligarchs are the norm, Novotel is seriously good value. The rooms, albeit on the small side, have everything you want, plus it's just a 3-minute(very steep - watch the heels, girls) trot down the road to the giddier heights of the Casino, the Hermitage etc.
The buffet breakfast is pretty good, albeit one small gripe that there is one toaster for the entire restaurant. This, in a hotel popular with Brits, is a serious oversight and makes for some amusing 'bread brinksmanship' each morning, as several people hover around the toaster at once. The outdoor pool area is lovely, with plenty of loungers, but you'd better be body confident, as it overlooks the al fresco restaurant seating area.
As with many hotels, the 'gym' is a bit of a disappointment - just a dodgy treadmill and a few forlorn looking weights - they could seriously do with revamping this. Other than that, this is a great hotel in a very expensive town. We'll definitely be back.More