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“Wireless broadband in the 7th floor bar”
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Dostoyevskiy Hotel
Ranked #179 of 335 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Lodeve, France
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“Wireless broadband in the 7th floor bar”
Reviewed 28 November 2011

I stayed at this hotel in November 2011 and found everything satisfactory. My room (6th floor) didn’t have wireless broadband but when I asked at Reception they told me there was free access in the bar on the 7th floor, which has views over the floodlit Vladimir Church opposite. The drinks weren’t cheap there but one morning I told them I had just come to use the internet and they were quite happy with that.
The staff on Reception were very helpful tracking down my tour group when they left without me!
It's a 5 minute walk to Nevsky Prospekt, but it takes a further 20-30 minutes to get to the Hermitage and St Isaac's Cathedral.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 October 2011

My mother and I stayed here for 7 nights. Firstly when we arrived from previous week in Moscow where we never encountered the "visa registration" fee, we were charged it here. There was no warm greeting just the request for our passport. I couldn't understand the room number due to the way it was written. Our room was the standard room i think there are people in prison who would call this small. Then the beds or should I say hammocks! The hot water and pressure is good though. Like others I totally agree, the breakfast is abysmal. Only thing edible is fruit yogurt and cereal. The reception staff are very aloof. The doorman is just a decoration.

Close to Dostoevsky museum. And walking distance to the main atttactions.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Reviewed 24 October 2011

I have stayed at this hotel for 4 nights.

The most positive point is the location. Very near Nevsky Prospekt, the main street, so all major sites are very accessible by walk.

The hotel is in the middle of a big shopping center, with a supermarket, coffee shops, restaurants, etc. You can access the shopping center by the hotel, no need to go outside, and you can come back with your room card.

The first room we got had a view on the shopping center, with a fake window so no view or access on the outside. The room was very hot and A/C was not working. We tried to sleep anyway but it was really too hot (even though it was October and around 5 degrees celcius outside) and we were feeling kind of sick, like we were missing air. So a 1:00 a.m. we went to the front desk. They changed our room immediatly and we got one with no A/C but with a window that would open on the oustide !! We really got a good service, even in the middle of the night, and were very pleased with our new room. Simply decorated, soft bed, TV, small refrigerator, shower (no bath), very clean, nice wooden floor...

The breakfast at the Dostoevsky restaurant was average but not bad (pancakes, eggs, meats, fresh fruits, etc.) We didn't try the restaurant for other meals but we've been told by another couple that it was not good at all.

There's a business center on the 5th floor, next to the restaurant, but it was always closed. There, if opened, you would pay 4.5 Rub per minute. We found an Internet Cafe (5 minutes walking). When you exit the hotel, go to your left and walk until Nevsky Prospekt, then go to your right and cross the street... It's called Max and you pay 70 Rub for 35 minutes.

I would stay there again but if possible, ask for a room with a window that opens !

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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london
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

I stayed here for four nights in September 2011 and I was a little apprehensive at first, the lobby is small and cramped and if a tour group is arriving or leaving, pandemonium ensues. But the hotel is like the Tardis, behind the facade is a huge hotel built around a courtyard with a supermarket virtually in the basement, which is very handy!
The room was clean and pleasant and looked quite new. No safe though. The location is fairly central, being only 5 minutes away from Nevsky Prospect and a pleasant enough stroll in 30 minutes to the Hermitage. I did not try the restaurant, the breakfast did not look that appealing to be honest. There is an 'ethnic' restaurant 2 minutes walk away that has a folk group playing, if that's your thing.
Two things I did not like; I wanted a non smoking room, which I got, but if I had the window open the smell of smoke from the courtyard or adjoining rooms came in through the window.
I had to leave trail of bread crumbs to find my room again, the Russian numbering system is crazy, but I eventually got the hang of it. The air con / heating system had a mind of it's own, but a few calls to the front desk (it is controlled by their computer), at 1:00 am sorted it out.
Overall a nice clean hotel. I walked everywhere and it was always easy to get back to and a welcome sight.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2011

We stayed in the Hotel Dostoevsky as part of a package with Kirker which cost
£1,946 for six days. Hotel smelly , service bad and food inedible. No choice and food just plonked in front of you. Paid 5 star price for 2 star experience.
The bed was the only thing OK.
Hotel had lots of of tours paying much lower prices than Kirker.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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3 Thank BeverleyLondon
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2011

Stayed 2 nights with wife as part of the visa-free cruise package from Helsinki. As others have written, this new hotel was clean, quiet and reasonably comfortable. Breakfast adequate (plenty of choice), staff helpful. Lots of reasonable restaurants, coffee shops, bars and mini-markets very close by.

One comment I would make that it's not as central as others have suggested. Yes it's opposite a metro but that takes you nowhere near most of the major sights. You need to either walk or catch one of the many buses that thunder up Nevsky Prospect 3 minutes walk away. No bad thing, but you're not quite in the hub of tourist spots here. But then you're not paying that price either!

All in all, perfectly adequate.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 September 2011

Stayed as a tour group of 28 (Sep 2011). All the rooms that we had were fine, although one or two had noisy corridors from late-night groups – not the hotel’s fault. Clean rooms. Aircon worked. Bathroom (shower) was large enough. Helpful staff who spoke English and moved luggage as requested. Convenient to metro, all sights and main streets. Good value for money. No hairdryers in standard rooms but available on request.
Basement houses a very useful 24hr supermarket.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Dostoyevskiy Hotel
Address: Vladimirskiy Ave., 19, St. Petersburg 191002, Russia
Region: Russia > Northwestern District > St. Petersburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#67 Luxury Hotel in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Dostoyevskiy Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 207
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Dostoevsky is situated in the unique historical and architectural area of Saint-Petersburg. It takes five minutes walking through magnificent architectural monuments, from the Hotel to the Nevsky prospect, the very heart and the gala view of Saint-Petersburg.The Hotel building constructed in 1783 is located in the Vladimirskaya square. The modern-styled building front faces the Cathedral of Our Lady of Vladimir.The Hotel offers 218 rooms of various categories. Guests are welcomed to use high-speedy Internet access, satellite television, international dialing, minibar, round-the-clock room service and other facilities.Dostoevsky combines the charm of the old history and the high level of the modern comfort and service. That is why the Hotel is so popular among Russian and foreign tourists, businessmen and artists. ... more   less 
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