We recently stayed at the Austrian Yard 2 during a weekend trip to St. Petersburg. While the location was excellent (with two outstanding restaurants just down the street) the hotel was anything but excellent.
While the check-in process was good as was our initial impression of the room the overall experience only declined. This particular weekend in St. Petersburg was quite hot and the rooms (or at least ours, number 12) are not air conditioned, which is not normally a problem for us. Typically we would just open the windows and let the air circulate; however, one of the windows did not have a screen and thus opening this window would have allowed in even more mosquitoes than were already in the room. Accordingly, our first night was VERY hot and we still ended up with a few bug bites.
On the second night things cooled down but the room got only slightly cooler despite us opening both windows (even knowing what that would bring) but we felt we had no choice. That was a huge mistake as we ended up with even more bug bites some of which no longer seemed like mosquito bites but rather bed bug bites (smal little red bumps). This was less than ideal.
The third night was no better as the heat returned and we did not dare open the second window. However, this did not prevent more bug bites (both mosquito and bed bug).
All in all three bad nights.
Normally an experience like this would result in a "terrible"; however, the location was excellent and the service was good partially offsetting the other problems.
At the end of the day I cannot say I would recommend this place as a result of our poor experience. I would have this up with the hotel at the time of check out but the girl working the desk did not have a good enough knowledge of English to understand out problem.
Happy to answer any further questions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The «Austrian Yard -Hotel» offers you comfortable accomodation in the historical center of St.Petersburg.The hotel’s interior was completely rebuilt in 2009. This is a new hotel, offering spacious rooms in a relaxing, contemporary style. The hotel comprises a three story building, situated in light, airy courtyard, comfortably protected from routine street noise. All the windows face the courtyard.The hotel has a beautiful inner-yard(patio) with flowers all around, furnished with wooden benches and tables. A special glazed roof shelters the tables and protects guests from the weather. There is also a barbecue pit in the inner yard, where guests can cook or entertain friends or clients. We have a coffee machine in the reception hall, and coffee is free of charge. A stroll around the neighborhood will take you past the beautiful facades of this historic street and to important architectural monuments from the 18th and 19th centuries. Tavrichesky Palace, Smolny Cathedral, and the Peter and Paul Fortress, Nevsky avenue are all minutes away.The Austrian Yard- Hotel is situated in the heart of St. Petersburg’s prestigious "diplomatic quarter,” surrounded by consulates of the USA, Spain, Germany, and Finland.Regardless of which room you choose, you'll have a TV, a fridge, a phone, an electric kettle, crockery, and tea and coffee. A microwave can be provided at your request. In the bathrooms there are shower cabins, heated floors, slippers and bathrobes. There is free internet access in each room. In addition, the hotel offers non-smoking rooms and a room equipped for those who are left-handed. Our guests may use the parking area directly outside the hotel, located inside the courtyard.Be certain that if you decide to stay with us, you will find a hospitable and friendly staff, beautiful interior design, comfort, and safety. Our staff is on duty around the clock. We are looking forward to seeing you at the "Austrian Yard - Hotel." ... more less
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