Our small group of five (2 couples, 1 single) stayed four nights in Early April 2013. Russia can be very cold in winter (it snowed) but the hotel was comfortably heated around the clock. The rooms have airconditioners in them for the summer but can't comment on those.
It's a small hotel with just a few rooms around a large central lounge and is well decorated and furnished throughout. (For couples note that the double rooms have two single beds, you'll have to push them together if that's what you want).
As other reviews have noted the staff speak little English but we didn't find that a problem and they are very friendly, helpful and accomodating. You can book online and pay by card at the hotel without speaking any Russian and for the day-to-day interactions we could make ourselves understood perfectly well. As noted you'll get typical Russian fayre for breakfast which might not be what you're used to, but if you have no spirit of adventure why go? It's all part of the fun.
The hotel itself is on the 5th floor of a typical central St Petersburg apartment building to which you'll get a door key, and outside just round the corner is a small supermarket where you can get fruit, porridge, milk, bread, cakes etc although for some reason the Russians don't seem very keen on cereal. We bought porridge, showed it to the staff and they happily made us that. There's a microwave in the hotel lounge plus a coffeemaker, toaster and a hot/cold water machine you can use as well (don't drink the tap water in Russia). There's also free wireless internet and a computer you can use (it's in Russian though). There's a bank that does currency exchange and has a 24-hour ATM just a short distance away and the nearest Metro station is about five minutes walk in the same direction. You can also walk to a central area with plenty of shops etc in about ten minutes.
In conclusion there are a number of worse places you can stay for a similar price (from experience) and if you have the right mindset/approach for a stay in Russia then you won't be disappointed with this one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in an early 20th century building in a downtown St. Petersburg, Park Lane Inn offers rooms with free Wi-Fi. It is just a 5-minute walk from the Pushkinskaya metro station. The rooms of Park Lane Inn enjoy a light and airy interior, decorated with wooden furnishings. They are equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, and a private bathroom. All rooms overlook a quiet courtyard. ... more less
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