We stayed in room 303 which did not look out on the roads but looked into a courtyard of some kind so was quiet. The beds were fairly comfortable. The blind only came down so far and the curtains were a bit thin so didn't block out all the light. The room had a safe and TV although there was no English speaking channel. The finish was not of a 4 star hotel e.g. the skirting boards ran out halfway along the corridor and the edges around the doorframes weren't finished off. However the room was clean and the reception staff were very helpful. Breakfast was OK i.e. not extensive but adequate. There was no room service but there was both a 24 hour cafe and supermarket straight outside. We did eat lunch in the restaurant Xren one day and it was very good value - soup, salad and a hot choice (moussaka or chicken kebab) for 340 Roubles. One tip to pass on - don't put the room cards next to a mobile phone as the phone interferes with the magnetic strip so they won't then work! It's approximately 30 minutes brisk walk away from the Hermitage.
Our guide recommended the Teplo restaurant (telephone number 570-1974) to us for dinner and we enjoyed it so much we went twice.
We booked our trip through Russian Gateway and unfortunately would not recommend them as they booked us onto different flights than promised i.e. not direct flights with British Airways. They only advised us of the change a week before travel and so there was nothing we could do but accept. The return flight was indirect with only a 30 minute connection time between the 2 flights which we questionned but were told had been used several times without problem. Needless to say the first flight was late and so we missed our connection. We ended up having to take 3 flights to get back from Russia to Heathrow.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 5th Corner business hotel is conveniently situated in the historical center of Saint-Petersburg in the Five Corners Square, close to many historical monuments and museums of the city, as well as 10-minutes walk from Nevsky prospect, the heart of business and cultural life of the city. Nearest metro station - Vladimirskaya - is 300 meters away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fifth Corner St Petersburg