My wife and I stayed in this hotel which had been booked by my eldest daughter and as it was the first hotel that we had stayed at in Russia the way it was run may be the norm. I believe that the appartments were once used by foreign doctors engaged by the czars;as such they lack some of the amenities found in a purpose built hotel.
The Reception was manned by a succession of young students some of whom appeared to be on duty for a full twenty four hours. They were both welcoming and pleasant and all spoke some English.
We were allotted a double room at the top of the building,- no lift and on the fourth floor. The room was small but with a modern shower and bathroom which was excellent and quiet until the adjoining room was occupied and one realised how thin the partitions were; one could hear both ends of a telephone conversation. On checking our booking we realised that our daughter had in fact paid for a room with two double beds and we were promoted to a much bigger room on a second floor but with a smaller and rather dingy bathroom attached. The mistake was probably a misunderstanding but we never identified who among the staff was the permanent hotel manager.
Finding breakfast was intially a challenge as it was also on the fourth floor but the only way of reaching it was via the second floor. There was little signage in the building ( even outside the hotel name is in small lettering). This was a large room but at this season there were few guests; it was very much a help yourself exercise and those on duty were inclined to chat together than go out of their way to be helpful.
Rooms were apparently cleaned every other day which came as a surprise.
The convenient location of the hotel more than makes up for these drawbacks being within twenty minutes walking of the historical centre, or five minutes from bus and trolleybus routes.
The temperature was low at this time of year but there was sunshine in plenty and with little wind
it was pleasanter than much of Great Britain in the last few months. St Petersburg in the snow must be the most beautiful city in the world.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- History Hotel Angliyskaya Embankment located in the classic building of the 18th century on one of the most scenic embankments of St.Petersburg. The St. Isaac Cathedral, the Hermitage, the Admiralty and the main street of the city – Nevsky prospect are within 10 minutes from the hotel. All rooms and suites of the hotel are highlighted with their size and décor elements. They are equipped with all necessary for the convenient accommodation: wide comfortable beds, bath amenities, TV’s, hairdryers. Several suites have additional rooms and relaxing facilities. Continental breakfast is included in the rates and covered at the hotel cafe. Public parking place in front of the hotel and sauna are also to our guest’s service. Free Wi-Fi is available all around the hotel. The hotel administrators will assist you in arranging city tours, excursions, taxi or train and airplane tickets. ... more less
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