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Renaissance St. Petersburg Baltic Hotel
Ranked #37 of 355 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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65 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“wonderful hotel”
Reviewed 22 August 2010

Good location, nice spacious well appointed rooms, friendly staff and nice outdoor balcony bar/restaurant on the 6th floor overlooking the cathedral. I doubt you can do much better in St Petersburg.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Manhattan, New York
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Reviewed 21 August 2010

I was excited to stay at this hotel as I have been a Marriott Elite member for several years now and I generally really like the Renaissance brand.

This hotel is at first glance in a very nice location, near many of the attractions but, after a few days, I began to realize that there isnt much around it and found myself walking a great deal to get to restaurants and such.

The hotel itself, I did not find up the Renaisance standard and I really believe that if the hotel were in the US it would be under the Courtyard name. The decor, the fabrics, everything, excepth the bedding screamed Courtyard Mariott. Certainly not what I expected.

Most certainly not worthy of a 5-Star rating nor the associated prices.

The staff in the hotel was unattentive and indifferent as well. No one gave the impression of wanting to tend to your needs and don't even think about asking the concierge for anything. The day I departed, my wake-up call never occured. Thank heavens for Blackberry.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thousand Oaks, California
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97 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2010

We stayed for 4 nights at the Renaissance Baltic Hotel. We got the Am EX special rate which included the breakfast. There really isn’t many other places to go for breakfast in the area and the breakfast was quite good, do try to get it included as it is over $30 per person I believe. Our deluxe room was quite nice and everyone at the hotel tried to help.
On arrival at the airport we just went to the taxi desk and had no problems (1200 rubles). Returning we told the desk when we were leaving and they took care of getting the taxi. The concierge was very helpful with restaurant advice and helped us get around the city. We never did find their special tour entrance to the Hermitage, but we actually wasted time looking for it, since the wait was only 10 minutes.
The hotel is one of the few 5 star hotels that don’t have rates starting at over 15,000 rubles, and compared to other 5 star hotels we stayed in Scandinavia it was great. We checked out the Hotel Grand Europe and liked our hotel as well and the neighborhood better. We highly recommend the hotel to other independent travelers. The desk will supply you with all the bottled water you want since the local water is to be avoided. The hotel will also provide all the necessary visa support documents. They actually seem to prefer e-mail instead of the faxes they ask for. We had a very enjoyable dinner at the hotel restaurant although the prices were rather high. We highly recommend the restaurant Davidov in the Astoria (Rocco Forte) Hotel which is down the street. The food was terrific and the dinner prices were comparable to the Renaissance.
Overall a great hotel with room rates about half of Rocco Forte or Kempinski. Don’t miss the boat trip to Peterhof, just get in line with all the Russians and go for it.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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London
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69 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2010

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...

  • Stayed August 2010
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Ann Arbor, MI
Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2010

We stayed here the beginning of September 2009. I would strongly recommend this hotel. All major sites are within walking distance. Hotel is right next to cathedral. We had the opportunity to go upstairs and have a few drinks at the bar with balcony overlooking cathedral. Truly worth the price of the drinks. Hotel was expensive, but what hotels aren't in Russia ? :) Hotel room clean, service good. Breakfast was included in our rate. Breakfast buffet was good. No complaints. Staff was very friendly, offering suggestions on what to do with our time in the city. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Moscow
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2010

I stayed there for a week and I can say the hotel is very good and should definitely be recommended.

It is located right next to the Isaakievsky cathedral, i. e. in the very heart of the town (also next to Astoria and Angleter hotels). Its windows are facing a quiet street - which means no noise. It is a five minutes walk from Nevsky prospekt and I didn't notice a restaurant, a decent foodstore or a drugstore next to the hotel.

As to the rooms there are some tips to know. Key is to ask for a room with street windows - because in a lot of rooms windows are opening into inner atrium. Another thing about windows: on the fifth floor they are located higher than regular windows with windowsills on the level of your shoulders, so it feels like you live in a basement room. My advice is to stay on the fourth floor.

Standard rooms are okay - not too spacious but it doesn't feel like you sleep in a wardrobe too.

My advice is to stay in a de lux room: it is spacious and comfortable. Generally it just feels good.

Nice variety of pillows, although mattresses could be better.

Quiet airconditioning.

Wired internet comes at a price of 800 roubles per 24 hrs. I didn't check its quality.

Room service is not tasty (I only ordered during nights, maybe they have a different chef in daytime).

Check out a terrace cafe on the sixth floor: I did not order any food, but it has a great view on Isaakievsky cathedral. Sitting there in the night is beautiful.

The staff is very well trained.

A tiny fraction of stupidity. Say you are sleeping on your shedule, which means during the day local time. You have the "Do not distrub" sign on your door. So when they want to offer you a cleaning service they can't knock. What do they do? They send you a message on your TV, so it turns on itself and the corporate jingle wakes you up. Can you imagine that? "You ask not to disturb you, so we remotely turned on your TV."

De lux rooms come at about USD 350, which is average for St. Petersburg's generally overpriced hotels.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled on business
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New York City
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70 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2010

This hotel manages to somehow execute their hospitality with effortless perfection. During my three night stay at this hotel every staff request, and every staff encounter was fulfilled seamlessly with pleasure. I opted for their airport transfers to and/from the hotel and felt of fair value. The rooms are spotless, the location is ideal, and the morning breakfast near lobby a great way to start the day. Their fitness facility was clean and stocked with complimentary fresh local fruit. Don't forget to partake in their complimentary truffles at the front desk.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: Renaissance St. Petersburg Baltic Hotel
Address: Pochtamtskaya Str. 4, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
Region: Russia > Northwestern District > St. Petersburg > Admiralteisky
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#17 Family Hotel in St. Petersburg
#28 Luxury Hotel in St. Petersburg
#31 Romantic Hotel in St. Petersburg
#64 Business Hotel in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Renaissance St. Petersburg Baltic Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 102
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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