I have just returned from a budget 9 day trip to the Russian Federation - 4 nights in Moscow (Hotel Cosmos in Prospect Mira) and at the Park Inn. Left Moscow at lunchtime and got the new high speed train to St Petersburg (Sapsan?). Arrived at around 5pm to be met by our rep Traffic manic and it took well over an hour to get to the hotel but the trip was interesting as the guide was pointing out sights on the way. Having read the reviews and noted the hotel's location on Google Earth I was still concerned when the final minutes prior to arrival at the hotel were through a building site of new apartments. However the hotel is in a totally built up area. Its an impressive building and the coach parked outside the front door on a hot afternoon and we were immediately inside to a well air conditioned lobby - porterage was not included in this trip because it was a very budget trip however no issues. Check in was swift and efficient however when I got to my room on the 9th floor the key card would not work. I was travelling alone, hot, tired and sweaty and needed a cold drink. Some very helpful Italians who were staying on the corridor came along and they tried to get the door open - no success. So I had to go back to the reception area to get a new key card. This would have been simpler if one of our group had not appointed herself spokesperson and was causing problems at the front desk. The new key card in hand and I was in my room within seconds. Noting that there was no fridge and no mini bar I dumped the case and headed to the 24 hour supermarket - as you exit the front entrance of the hotel go down the ramp the car park (to the left) and there is a Chinese restaurant on the corner, next an awful Irish bar and then the supermarket. Got the water etc and back to the hotel were some of our group were still being difficult in reception - some with valid reason and some with none. So up to the room and it was very well refurbished. Clean, cool colours, a fabulous view over the cruise terminal and the Gulf of Finland. Really comfy beds, loads of towels in the bathroom, great flat screen TV with loads of channels, no fridge or hair dryer but a hair dryer could be borrowed from reception. Really clean, quite and cool as the air conditioning was individually controlled. The only issue I had was the rooms were non smoking and as a former smoker I appreciate that. However some of the group were smokers - a couple just ignored the signs in their rooms but one lady did have the respect to ask to be moved to a smoking room. The response from the reception was that the smoking rooms were unrefurbished and she should take an ashtray from the bar and try to smoke out the window!!!
The breakfast area is just to the left of the reception area (with your back to reception). A great selection of hot and cold items. The area is divided in two and they try to fill one area up before they allow people to enter the other so shared tables is the norm. Once again some of our group ignored requests from the staff member on door and decided to go to the fresh buffet in the almost empty area rather than share a table.
There are exchange machines in the reception area, shops, a bar (which serves a great selection of bar food including scrummy cakes) and the restaurant which I ate in twice - the Grill - great food, reasonable prices and fabulous service. I had two wonderful courses one night of a seafood chowder followed by free range chicken with butternut squash and other veg and a bottle of Russian sparkling wine for around 30 euro - excellent value by anyone's standards for the quality of food. Food and drink prices were substantially cheaper than in Moscow.
For individual guests the hotel runs a shuttle to and from Nevsky Prospect in the center or the city. However there are local buses just outside the hotel. I preferred to use the metro which was cheap (22 roubles - about 60 cents). Exit the hotel and cross the road. Walk straight down to the end of the road (about 5 minutes). Turn left and walk another 5 minutes, cross a bridge over a nearly dried up canal and turn right into a mini shopping area and there is the metro station. (Note you will see a place called "the Pub" at the entrance to the shopping area. On my first time using the metro out of time I wanted a beer and something familiar like a toasted sandwich so I stopped off here and found that it was a bit on the trendy side - but very professionally run and comfortable. I had a starter of a warm salad of scallops and chicken livers, a main of chicken with a curry sauce and a large beer and it came to 520 roubles - about 14 euro and amazing value.
If you leave the hotel and go down through the car park and turn left you will arrive at the "beach" - coarse sand but the Gulf of Finland and you can watch the cruise ships come and go. There were complaints from our group but there will always be complaints from group travel but the general consensus from our group was that it was a lovely hotel and excellent value for money as well as being conveniently situated. Those who complained seemed to think that they would be based just opposite the Hermitage. So you get what you pay for and in this case I think we got more.
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- High-rise Hotel set on northwestern part of Vasilyevsky Island in the Gulf of Finland. ... more less
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