While I was aware that this hotel is not anywhere near the city centre, I was still surprised with the location and the neighbourhood. To be fair, it is only a 15-20 minute ride by marshrutka to Nevsky Prospekt and the hotel also runs a shuttle at fixed times. But still, one does not want to be stuck in the middle of a nondescript Sovietesque neighbourhood with absolutely nothing to do.
The Hotel itself has been recently renovated from the inside (like everywhere else in Russia the inside is much better than what it appears from outside). The rooms on our floor were fitted very well, the bathroom was modern, clean and functioned properly.
The Hotel has a 24 hr restaurant with a decent menu. The staff is courteous and while there was a language barrier, we did not face any problems.
I would not hesitate to stay here if on a business trip. If, however, my main intention was to sightsee, I would certainly choose a place closer to the centre.More