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“Good hotel, but slightly pricey for what you get”

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Author Boutique Hotel
Ranked #82 of 349 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
Geneva, Switzerland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good hotel, but slightly pricey for what you get”
Reviewed 19 August 2008

The hotel location is good, rooms are clean and staff speaks english. However don't book it through the affiliate site www.boutiquehotelsandresorts.com since they redirect you to expedia and push the price up.

The room are comfortable and large, but with half windows (at least in our room) therefore the room is very dark, and you have fast no view to the street/city. However, the room is very quiet.

When asking the staff to arrange for a taxi transfer to the airport, they asked us 2000 RUB for it, and proposed us the hotel bentley for 1800 RUB. When you know that the same taxi fair costs btw. 400 to 1200 RUB depending on your russian language proficiency, and that the bus ride is as cheap as 20 RUB...

In a nutshell, we spent a nice weekend in this hotel, but it's somewhat pricey for what you get, and don't expect the staff to arrange your airport transfer unless you are willing to pay 3x the average price.

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2006

The hotel is in a great location for those who want to be close
to the center of the city. Nevskiy Prospect is two blocks away with everything from big internet cafes about five minutes walk

Hotel staff is helpful and courteous. Its restaurants are absolutely
class. There is a casino in the hotel which I didn't use mostly because I'd rather spend time in the city than in a casino. There is a lot of security in the hotel maybe because lots of rich people come to the casino.

Only pet peeve about the hotel is that they didn't offer any luggage assistance when I checked in and out. Too many security personnel, too few bell boys. I gave them feedback which they acted instantly. Sign of good management.

Overall though I was quite happy with the hotel and its location. The 24 hour coffee shops, restaurants, pubs, 24 hour supermarkets all are with a minute walk.

Hotel even has a Bentley to pick you up from the airport.. but
I didn't use it..

  • Liked — location comfort at great price
  • Disliked — no baggage assistance and internet
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2006

Golden Garden Hotel is the excellent choice to stay in St. Petersburg.
Very good location, hotels staff makes you feel special, with numerous times cleaning your room for you for different time of the day.

Good home style restaurant in the hotel. It was GREAT.

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Property: Author Boutique Hotel
Address: Vladimirskiy Ave., 9, St. Petersburg 191025, Russia (Formerly Golden Garden Boutique Hotel)
Region: Russia > Northwestern District > St. Petersburg > Vladimir
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #82 of 349 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 23
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