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“Excellent choice in St.Petersburg”
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Tradition Hotel
Ranked #47 of 359 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 August 2013

I spent two night at Tradition Hotel in August 2013, and was very pleased with my stay.

The location is great, especially if you consider the reasonable price (I paid around EUR 75 – a real bargain in St.Petersburg). It will take you about 10 minutes to walk to the metro station “Sportivnaya”, 5 minutes to Peter and Paul Fortress, 10-15 minutes to the Winter Palace and 20 minutes to The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

I had a single room, and appreciated the narrow bed– the rest of the room got more spacious and open. The bed was comfortable with big pillows, the air-condition was super effective (it cooled down the room in a couple of minutes) and I heard very little from the street. The room was well maintained, seemed “new” (with an old style though) and clean. The receptionists were all helpful and spoke well English. They also helped me with Visa to Russia, and answered questions over email before arrival. Extra plus for that! The only thing that put a downer to my stay was the Internet connection – or the lack of it. I could barely check my e-mail and Facebook.

A taxi from the airport to the hotel costs about RUB 1000, and I did not even consider it, as I am used to travelling alone and on budget. Unfortunately the alternative turned out to be a bit more complicated than expected. But if you, like me, are determine to save some bucks and think that it cannot possibly be that difficult, here is the way:

1. When you leave the airport, walk 50 meter to your left and you will find the bus stop for #13. The ticket cost RUB 25 in August 2013. Depart at “Moskovskaya” (after about 30 minutes), where you will spot the entrance to the metro right away
2. Buy a “ticket” (a token here) for RUB 28 (two if you are carrying luggage). Take Line 2 to “Sadovaya” and change to Line 4. Depart at “Sportivnaya”
3. When you get up from the metro, walk alongside the park (away from the stadium).

This is the easiest way to ne sure you are walking in the right direction. Follow the road and you will easily find the hotel near the waterfront. It should not take more than 12 minutes to walk with suitcases

There was plenty of long and steep stairs on the old metro stations, so get ready for some serious workout with heavy luggage. English is rarely spoken… And no, Russian is not very easy to read or understand. But if you are up for the challenge… =)

The breakfast costs RUB 800, and was in my opinion not even worth trying. I took the metro to “Okay” (station “Electrosila”, line 2), a big supermarket in St.Petersburg, and bought food for three days. It cost me around RUB 800. Money saved, is money earned!

If you want the cheapest souvenirs, buy them at the stands inside Paul and Peter Fortress.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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TraditionHotel, General Manager at Tradition Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2013

Dear TheSuitcase,

Thank you for your very informative review. It's great that independent travellers can read now so much usefull information as we always support individual and independent travellers. All our staff members di the same while being on vacation. A separate breakfast in our hotel is really 800 Rub per person and it's a pity truth about serving a breakfast with a large choice in such a small hotel. But we do a lot to serve it good and trying to keep the quality of products high enough to satisfy our guests.
Anyway we wish you great travel experiences in the future!

Kinds ragards,
Anton Vasiliev
General Manager

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Reviewed 7 August 2013

It's an small Hotel in a good condition. Without elevator. We had good luck with the room because was silent and quiet.
Rooms with street view must be noisy! We had a problem with air conditioning and they give us two presents for the inconvenience. It could be a good choice!

Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank se04394
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TraditionHotel, General Manager at Tradition Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2013

Dear se04394,

Thank you for your fair review. We really had one airconditioner broken during your stay but due to 100% occupancy were unable to change the room. A week later the problem was solved and since that time everything works fine. Thank you once again for being our guest.

Kind regards,
Anton Vasiliev
General Manager

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Reviewed 30 July 2013

We stayed here for 17 days as independent travellers. This hotel offers fabulous value in a city that is very expensive. The front desk staff were all superb and gave us great support during our stay with recommendations and booking restaurants. We booked early in fact 6 months before our visit and got a very favourable rate. The hotel has about 16 rooms so it makes sense to book early. We chose a standard room.It was very quiet and had more than enough space. The air conditioning system was quieter than most and very efficient. The hotel arranged a taxi transfer from the airport and also the return which I would recommend. They issued the visa support letters for us which was quickly done by e mail. For the information of British tourists I would say that Russian visas are a bit of a pain but we used Scots travel visas in London and they were very helpful and ensured that we had ticked all the boxes. We ate out many times and I will mention three particular favourites being the Idiot cafe which is near to the Marinsky theatre and cafe Levin which had superb service with good English and Cafe Mozart which is an easy 20 minute walk from the hotel. The metro at Sportynaya is only a 15 minute walk and the system is really easy to use. Buy tokens for 28 roubles just over 50 pence and you can make a single journey anywhere on the system and it is a very efficient travel system. Don't miss the Hermitage museum with its 3 million exhibits. Don't go as part of a tour. Go on your own and give it two days. You can book online before you go and a two consecutive day option is available at a reduced rate. Just present your E voucher at the seperate booth and you will avoid queuing completely. Peterhof is also a must. Go out on the first hydrofoil of the day at about half ten and give yourself at least 5 hours on arrival as the Palace and gardens are magnificent. By careful planning you too can have the holiday of a lifetime but importantly book at the Tradition Hotel. They will look after you as if you were royalty.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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TraditionHotel, General Manager at Tradition Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2013

Dear oneisspc,

Thank you for your great review and for giving us high points! Staying for such a long time you could find some weak points in our range of services and therefore we are especially happy to read that you liked Tradition Hotel.

Thank you from all our team members!

Kind regards,
Anton Vasiliev
General Manager

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Reviewed 26 July 2013

If the rouble was 100 to the pound St Petersburg would be a reasonable place to visit. At 50 to the pound it seems expensive. In spite of this, The Tradition Hotel offers excellent value for money. The Tradition is right by the St Peter and Paul Fortress, a must visit for anyone going to St P, and a fifteen minute walk to the entrance to the Hermitage on Palace Square. So it is well positioned even if not on the left bank of the Neva by the Hermitage and the other attractions of the historic centre. The staff at the Tradition were extremely charming and helpful. I sent the hotel our invitation forms and got the invitation documents back the next day. The hotel got us taxis to and from the airport and restaurants with unfailing accuracy - no small feat. Our room was very nice with a good shower and free wi-fi that worked flawlessly. We had BBC World on our television (we got news of the royal baby in near real time) and the hotel breakfast was fine, though the breakfast room is a little cramped. Across the road from the hotel was the restaurant Le Menu which also offered good value, so we would rendezvous there as well as stopping for coffee, lunch and one dinner. There is no gym but there is a fitness centre right by, on a pirate ship on the Neva. Arrr.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Vogelgesang
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TraditionHotel, General Manager at Tradition Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2013

Dear Vogelgesang,

Thank you for being our guests! We are sure that other travellers also thank you for your tips about nearest cafe and gym. Welcome to Saint Petersburg at any time!

Kind regards,
Anton Vasiliev
General Manager

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Reviewed 25 July 2013

Anton, Anna and their team run a very professional, personable and quality private hotel.
The location is excellent with all major attractions a short walk away, in view or both.
The rooms are a great size. Breakfast is intimate and plentiful.
From the moment we made contact we were treated in a most respectful and timely manner. This continued until even after our stay with a follow up note to confirm a matter.
Their restaurant tips were also excellent.
St Petersburg is a beautiful city and the Tradition Hotel enhanced our high opinion.
We will return.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Machasgus
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TraditionHotel, General Manager at Tradition Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2013

Dear Machasgus,

Thank you for your high appreciation of our team members. This gives us power to work and to imrove our hotel. All our restaurant recommendtaions are based on personal experience and never on any commissions. And it's great to know that you liked them too.

Kind regards,
Anton Vasiliev
General Manager

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Reviewed 4 July 2013

Fantastic choice! Friendly and helpful staff, clean rooms, quite, good breakfast, great location and beautiful views from Neva River. We really enjoyed our stay there. Definitely our next time in St Petersburg we will stay there!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Maria Raquel L
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TraditionHotel, General Manager at Tradition Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2013

Dear Maria Raquel L,

Thank you for choosing Tradition Hotel as your home in St. Petersburg. It's great to know that your trip to our city was full of beautiful moments. You are always welcome to Saint Petersburg!

Kind regads,
Anton Vasiliev
General Manager

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Reviewed 1 July 2013

Possibly because we secured the last room in the hotel (White Nights) we were struck by the Mini nature of the room, and especially the bathroom which needed the door to be closed in order to use the toilet! The mini extended to the breakfast room where, with more than 6 people, a delicate ballet was necessary to navigate around other people. These negatives aside (and we did peak into another room which was normal sized), the room was superbly appointed, well designed, excellent bed and good climate control. Breakfast was perfectly acceptable, the highlight for us was being able to make our own pot of tea with high quality leaf tea. Staff were helpful and efficient. The hotel utilised an excellent tour company, www.spbrounds.com which they will book for you, as well as restaurant and other bookings. The location is great, virtually next door to Peter & Paul Fortress, a 15 minute walk to the Hermitage.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank SOJ_DOJ
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TraditionHotel, General Manager at Tradition Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2013

Dear SOJ_DOJ,

Thank you for staying with us and for your review full of usefull details. We hope this information will help other travellers to make a right choice.

Kind regards,
Anton Vasiliev
General Manager

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Address: Dobrolubova Ave 2, St. Petersburg 197198, Russia
Region: Russia > Northwestern District > St. Petersburg > Petrogradsky
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #47 of 359 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Price Range: £42 - £89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Tradition Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tradition Hotel, located in the very heart of the city, offers you a great experience of accommodation with a unique location, traditional interiors and modern equipment. It is surrounded by some of the world's greatest tourist attractions, including the Peter and Paul Fortress, Palace Bridge, the State Hermitage. All our 16 rooms are delicately decorated and non-smoking, equipped with electronic key system, individual climate control, LCD TV, safe and free tea station. ... more   less 
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