Location is certainly the best for leisure traveller. 5mins walk or less to St Issac Cathedral, The Winter Palace and The Hermitage is 5-10mins walk ways. The romantic waterfront is right behind the hotel. Yes the nearest Metro station may be 10-15mins walk away but it is a safe and pleasant walk. There are frequent and convenient bus services right outside the main road. Bus staff may not speak English but is communicate-able.
Ok I do agree that if you approach the hotel from Konnogvardeyskiy the hotel may not look welcoming and in fact daunting (but it is perfectly ok). If you approach from Galernaya, push the glass door and go up a flight of stair, you will get to the hotel easily.
The interior of the hotel is brightly lid and with modern decco. I believe it only has 8 rooms (not sure). Receptionist very friendly to explain check in, payment, provide free map, and answer any travel related questions.
Room is not huge but perfectly adequate for 2 occupants. Bathroom has all one required, even toothbrush, shaver, comb, bathrobe. There are tea/coffee making facility in room, so as a fridge and a safety box. Slippers were provided too. There is a TV, no English channel.
Outside the 'lobby' there is unlimited access to drinking water. Umbrella was provided for customers too.
Breakfast is rather simple I have to say, but adequate. You get a list to choose - tea/coffee, milk, fruit juices, toast, cheese, ham.
Great value for money, superb location, quite, able to have good night sleep (consider my room was right next to the hotel entrance), helpful staff, unlimited drinking water supplies. What more do you ask for? - a happy customer!
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