We recently stayed in the hotel for 4 nights during a holiday visit to St. Petersburg. As others have remarked, it's located in a very convenient area that means you can reach most things with a fairly short walk. The rooms were fine. We were upgraded to a suite, which was a bit odd in configuration, but the extra space was a definite benefit.
I have two complaints--
As platinum members at Marriott, normally they would have a lounge we could use. In this case as they don't they gave you drink tickets for the bar and vouchers for breakfast. The breakfast vouchers were only for a continental breakfast, not any of the hot food. Most likely I wouldn't have had any of the hot offerings, but it just seemed oddly mean for no really good reason considering that everyone was seated together.
More irritating by far was the general uselessness of the concierge service. On our first night there we asked for recommendations of where to eat dinner. We were basically met with a blank stare. As we weren't sure about what type of cuisine we just asked for something nearby that was good but not too formal as we were tired from the trip. More blank stares. Questions about canal trips resulted in wrong answers and every time we asked for a taxi it turned into some sort of joke with us waiting for 30 min. Why the doorman who couldn't be bothered to help with our luggage couldn't just flag us a hotel is beyond me.
Would recommend this hotel, and the bar on the 6th floor, but just make sure you don't need much in terms of concierge service...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Renaissance St. Petersburg Baltic Hotel is an ideal place to enjoy the city's charm with a fabulous location next to St. Isaac's Cathedral and steps away from Mariinsky Theatre and the Hermitage Museum. From the moment you arrive, hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia captivates you with an elegant interior, fresh-cut flowers and original artwork. Luxurious, well-appointed accommodations offer comfortable furnishings and large work area with broadband. For a conference or banquet, choose from a ballroom for 200 guests or smaller meeting room. For a regular workout visit our fitness center. Canvas Restaurant offers the finest International and Russian specialties from our award-winning chef and great wines to complement your fare. During famous White Nights, have a private dining (reservation required 48 hours prior to arrival) on the 6th Floor Terrace while enjoying views of the cathedral. ... more less
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