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Happy Pushkin Boutique Hotel
Ranked #100 of 334 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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“What a nice surprise!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2011

After I had had enough of the terrible Oktiabrskaya I booked one week at the Happy Pushkin at a really good rate through booking.com. It cost less than the Oktiabrskaya, so despite the good reviews on tripadvisor I did not have great expectations.
But I was wrong! I had a lovely room with a big bed and flat screen telly, a mini bar, and a nice breakfast included (see my photos). The staff were very friendly.
The only negative points I could find were that the location is somewhat off Nevsky, where I had classes every day. It took me 40 minutes to walk to school every morning. And there is no nearby metro station unfortunately. Also, there was the smell of cigarette smoke coming through the air ventilation in the bathroom, but that was only during the first night when, I assume, a smoker must have been in a nearby room.
Finally, although they have free Wifi it doesn't really work in the room. The connection is not strong enough.
Nevertheless, I can only recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2011

Although it did not start of very well - they lost my reservation-, they overly compensated me for this; I booked a single room and I got an enormous suite (probably around 100m2) with big comfortable bathroom. The hotel is clean and colourfull with a lot of Dali inspired paintings in the rooms and hallways. Staff is alsovery helpfull.
One thing I should mention, internet did not work in the room itself

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2011

There are problems with this place, but I suspect a return visit in a year or two will be well rewarded. The location is excellent, midway between the Hermitage and the Mariinsky Theatre, both of which were locations I wanted to visit, but you should be aware of a few negatives that prevail for at least the time being.

The first is that it is, essentially, unfinished. There is building work going on during the week (and this is a concern if, like me, you do your sightseeing with an afternoon nap). The walls are too thin, and I found myself listening to people stomping up and down the corridor at all hours. This is a silly oversight that would have been easy to get right. Some service things will need to change, too. There isn't very much english spoken, there is no internet, even to pay for, maid service was not done despite being out virtually all day, and the young staff are still learning about what information they need to have to hand to support their guests.

What is finished is fairly good: some fabulously sumptuous furnishings, intriguing paintings of Pushkin; nice baroque room decor (though the space age bathrooms with empire style light fittings are a weird decision), and excellent large beds. The breakfast is super, and the surly devushka who is in charge smiles beautifically if you treat her well and tell her how good her omlettes are (she will make you one fresh, and it is worth it. She also does excellent coffee). They could do without the endless drone of a video playing all the highlights of obscure museums and churches in the city, but this is Russia and no public room is finished without a distracting television somewhere.

I really do think this can be worth the risk: the staff will get better and the building will be finished, and then a more serious critical appraisal can be made. But in the meantime, if you have a bit of Russian and like the location, go on, and let us know what you think.

  • Stayed April 2011
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Property: Happy Pushkin Boutique Hotel
Address: Angliyskaya emb., 52, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
Region: Russia > Northwestern District > St. Petersburg > Admiralteisky
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #100 of 334 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Happy Pushkin Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the historical centre of St Petersburg, near Saint Isaac’s Cathedral and Mariinsky Theatre,“Happy Pushkin” boutique hotel is elegant hotel within walking distance of the Hermitage.“Happy Pushkin” boutique hotel combines modern comfort and atmosphere of the Pushkin epoch. Historical value draws attention: high ceilings, moldings, ornamental tiles and antique furnitureAll rooms are equipped with TV set, Wi-Fi, mini-bar, modern bathroom equipment, telephone, safe,hair dryer, towels, slippers and bathrobes. Breakfast is included and served in the comfortable hotel’s café.Many shops, restaurants and bars are within walking distance of Happy Pushkin. Palace Square is just 1.8 km away. Free parking is available near the hotel. ... more   less 
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