We were in St. Petersburg last week and stayed in the brand new Domina Prestige. The hotel is located close to St Isaac cathedral and 15 - 20 mins far from the Hermitage and other spots. I liked that the hotel was brand new. We booked a superior room overlooking the canal. The room was huge!! The decoration might not be everyone's taste but I liked that there was a very big wardrobe with plenty of space for all our stuff. The bathroom was also nice and roomy but a bit smelly sometimes, I think this might be normal in a city that it is built on a swamp. The room was very clean, they also had a turndown service but... I never noticed any difference when we came at night, so I might said, if they ever came in our room they didn't do anything. There were some few mistakes with toiletries but nothing major to be mentioned. Specially when they were so nice to pick up on my boyfriend's birthday (they might have seen it on the passport) and on the day of his birthday they had surprised him with a piece of cake and a nice bottle of Prosecco and a letter congratulating him. It was really nice!! We felt sorry that we saw it after we came back from dinner and we could not eat it.
About the location, I will say it is in a quiet area, for me too quiet. There were not that many restaurants around and some of the streets were empty at night. St. Petersburg is a fast changing city and I presume that in a few years this area will be livelier. In fact I saw a restaurant that was about to open from our hotel window. But at the moment it hosts many official buildings leaving it a bit soulless at night.
The staff were nice and they were really trying but sometimes chaotic, like offering us a city map on the day we left, rather than on the day we arrived.... Also I see lack of knowledge which I feel really sorry to point out, but I have to. We asked them to be so kind to buy Hermitage tickets for us from the internet and print them out for us, but they were adamant that was not possible and they were booking us some tour instead, I kept repeating that it was as simple as buying them from the internet, but they said, that it was not possible. Well, yes it is.
This hotel is nice if you need to be in quiet area and want to go to the Hermitage and enjoy the boat tours, the walk around the Neva river banks, it is also a perfect location for taking the hydrofoil to Peterhof. But as I like to be in a livelier area at night I will probably chose another location next time I go there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Domina St. Petersburg is the first property of Domina Hotels & Resorts in Russia. This 108 room Lifestyle Hotel belongs to the Domina Prestige collection of 5 star hotels and is designed for comfort and unforgettable impressions while visiting one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We have created a concept of living based on the fundamentals of excellent service and sincere hospitality combined with our own unique style and contemporary design. This ever evolving lifestyle concept is about what is important in life. Lifestyle is for us a term to describe the way a person lives and how we want to live. It is also a set of behaviors, values and senses of self and belonging which these behaviors represent, collectively they define our lifestyle. We call this the 5D Lifestyle Concept. ... more less
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