We arrived in St Petersburg on the fast train from Mosco at 23:30 on our first day in Russia so I was looking for somewhere easy to get to from the Moskovsky Railway Station either on foot or by taxi. When we arrived there were plenty of people around so we took the short walk to the hotel (circa 10mins).
The staff on reception are very professional with excellent English (my attempts at Russian were not very good). There is a charge of 220 roubles to perform the important guest registration which I thought was reasonable enough. The registrations were delivered to our room the next day.
Our room was very pleasant, a reasonable size, classic rather than modern in decor with a decent sized bathroom. Very comfortable bed with menu of pillows available from reception (nice touch we didn't use this as the standard were very comfortable). Free and quick wifi is useful.
The hotel is in a great location both for walking via the main thoroughfare (Nevsky Prospect) or via the Mayokovskaya metro station which is no more than a 2-3 min walk away. The metro is easy to navigate (less crowded than Moscow) with a journey of any length costing circa £0.60.
We didn't have breakfast but I would recommend both restaurants (Marius and Claret) attached to the hotel - see separate reviews. Welcome drink, daily pillow chocolates and weather forecasts are nice touches.
Overall I would not hesitiate to recommend this hotel and would happily stay there again. Only reason for 4 instead of 5 is that it didn't amaze me as such but did everything very, very well. We got a good advance rate from Expedia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Within a leisurely stroll from Nevsky Prospect there is a historic building of the Helvetia Hotel, with origins dating back to the early 19th century. The hotel's interiors successfully combine St. Petersburg's harmonious style with the elegance of European design. Native Russian cordiality, coupled with Swiss traditions of cosiness and hospitality, individual attention to every guest and international service standards, are the distinguishing features of the Helvetia Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Helvetia Hotel St Petersburg