This hotel has mixed reviews but I liked the place. Clean, quiet and most of the staff were friendly and helpful. I believe if you approach the counter with a smile, you'll get one in return. And if you attempt to say thank you in their language, they'll love you forever! Friendliness works both ways. The good stuff: free wi-fi throughout the hotel. The buffet breakfast was very extensive with every kind of breakfast you could ever want: cooked, continental, salads, breads, sweet pastries, fruit juices, coffee and many kinds of tea. The restaurant is well laid out with room to move around the buffet serving areas and the seating arranged in small or medium groups. I had an evening meal twice in the bar and both times it was delicious and very reasonably priced ($57 NZ for both meals with soft drinks, including the bank's exchange rate commission as I charged them to my Visa card). The location of the hotel is quite good, with just a five minute walk to the Metro, which is really easy to use compared to Moscow's metro. All stations have the names in both the Latin and Cyrillic alphabets.
The not-so-good: No tea or coffee making facilities in the room. No problem, I took my own. An in-mug immersion heater, mug, knife, fork & spoon plus tea bags and milk powder. (Most of Europe does not have this facility). All in all, I enjoyed my stay here and would recommend as being value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden is the only hotel in St. Petersburg located in the historical center and yet having such an easy transport access to the airport, Expoforum and Moskovsky railway station. The hotel is a perfect destination for a 'Cosy living, Smart working' surrounded by a green park for energizing walks and morning runs. A 'Mezanine' floor with 14 multi-functional meeting rooms makes our hotel the business place to be. In contrast to modern and up-to-date conference floor, one can enjoy a cosy atmosphere in Fransmanni restaurant, where the warmth of the fireplace will make you go straight from working condition to the weekend mood. 348 rooms at Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden are a great mix of coziness and functionality decorated with natural materials and textiles. Sports translations, high quality beer and tasty burgers will make an ideal end of the day with your friends or colleagues in 'Sports' Bar 84'. ... more less
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