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Friends Hostel on Griboedova
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Superb hostel!”
Reviewed 23 April 2013

Thist hostel is nothing short of the best organized hostel i have visited ever. The infrastructure was great, safety also, location is unbeatable, the staff was super kind and all of this for a reasonable price. +They use Ubuntu on the computers in the common room. How cool is that? :)

Room Tip: The less people inside, the better, obviously. Though i enjoyed ground floor better.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2013

The best hostel in SPB.
Im wondering how can they stay so cheap and so good.
Shower rooms are tight but they were making new ones on first floor. It was warm enough during my visit in Jan. Honestly nothing bad I can say. Because It was first perfect hostel in my life.
If you are going alone to SPB definitely book in. Lots of beautifull student girls are living there.
I didnt expect such a good hostel with right attitude to customers for that price in Russia.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Lyon, France
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2013

The hostel is quite ok, it is safe, well located and well equipped.
Staff speaks good english but I didn't find them quite helpful in finding those nice hidden places to have a bite to eat or a drink like a local... Maps that were available were only in russian. As others have said, the hostel has a low ratio of foreign backpackers compared to the amount of russians staying there.
It is a good place to leave your stuff for the day, go out sightseeing and then comeback to sleep because their is a lack of backpacker environment in the living room.
It was a nice place to stay but not if you are looking to get to know backpackers from all over the world.
The free russian cookies and free coffee were a quite nice touch to a kitchen that only had a microwave so cooking wasn't possible.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2013

The place is clean, safe, close to major sights, and has a helpful enough staff. So it certainly does the trick for a stay in St. Petersburg. But I do agree with the other reviewer - there were large groups that traveled here that could be loud at times.
Also - there were hostel trips planned which were never promoted or told to me while staying there. I just heard second hand about how awesome the trip was from a guest - when I inquired about possibly getting in on it the next time I got a head shake. Not sure what that was about.
Lastly, be aware if you are staying in a room with 2 single beds.... some of the rooms have only one bed and a pull out couch. That's fine but we were never told about that and were charged the same as if we were in a room that had two legit beds.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2012

Extermely good location on Nevski Prospect. Walking distance to all touristic places in the centre. The place is clean and modern and staff speaks english. I only found the sphere not great. Not a lot 'backpackers' mainly russians and people in big groups. A lot of noise.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Friends Hostel on Griboedova
Address: Kanala Griboyedova Emb., 18-20, St. Petersburg 191011, Russia
Region: Russia > Northwestern District > St. Petersburg > Nevskiy
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 1,583 Speciality Lodging in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Friends Hostel on Griboedova 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Popular and the biggest St Petersburg youth hotel. Best combination of price and quality! Hostel is located just right in the heart of the city, steps (literally) from all famous sightseeing, in the quiet yard, protected from the city noise. Private rooms with additional beds, 4-, 6- and 8-bed female and male dormitory rooms are available. Staff is English-speaking, very friendly and cheerful. Free wi-fi and lots of other stuff. Reception works around the clock. ... more   less 
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