The entrance is scaring. If I was traveling with a girl, I would turn around at the exact moment I arrived. The door is a massive piece of metal and to find the hotel is not so easy, since are other doors with the same adress. The impression is that you are entering in a bunker and if something happen to you nobody will never discover. Some steps to reach the reception, and the girl tell you that you have to pay in advance (it's not specified when you make the reservation). Then she explains that government requires a registration of the guests and it costs 150 rublos (around US$ 4). I pay it (later on I discover that registration is required, but the fee is fake and this is the first scam). The lift seems be commissioned by Peter, the Great, since it is extremely old and damaged. To access the rooms, another bunker door. At this moment I was sure that I was in a mousetrap. After arrive at the room, the impression change a little bit. Room is spacious, bathroom is new and works quite well (but the shower doesn't have a good pressure), good bed. The walls are very thin, so you can listen everything from the other rooms, but the guests behave after 11 pm (at least I was lucky). Wi-fi is good, breakfast is basic, but ok, location is excelent: very close to tourist attractions, shops, ATMs, banks (for exchange) and restaurants. Street is very quiet, so I could sleep very well. Price is high if compared with a similar accomodation in US or even in Europe, but Russia is very expensive and the "white nights" are the high season in St. Petersburg. I asked the reception to book a taxi for me and comparing how much I payed from the airport and the distance of it to the hotel and how much I payed for train station and its distance from hotel, of course there is a scam among hotel and taxi driver. Anyway, I recomend for backpackers, people with small luggage and men travelling without women. Ok, there were many guests women, but for some reason, I didn't feel completely safe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maribelle Hostel is located in the Tsentralny neighborhood in Saint Petersburg, half a kilometer from Palace Square and 1 km from Hermitage Museum. All rooms are equipped with a shared bathroom. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Tsentralny is a great choice for travelers interested in city walks, ambiance and culture. ... more less
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