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Casa Leto
Ranked #86 of 359 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 November 2011

For a relatively small amount of money by St. Petersburg standards we were picked up at the airport by the hotel's driver who took our bags and guided us up two flights of stairs to the hotel located in what appears to be a run down but centrally located Soviet era apartment building . The young woman who checked us in made us feel very much at home by showing us the breakfast room, explaining the services available at the hotel and then showing us to our room --in what amounts to a tiny hotel consisting of only five or six rooms. Our room was spacious and comfortable but in need of a good professional decorator. There was sufficient closet and dresser space for a five night stay for two people. The TV worked but was difficult to figure out and required help from the staff. The bathroom was just adequate. The shower in the tub worked fine. Breakfast (included in the room price) was served every morning in the breakfast room. It was just average The hotel also uses this room to serve snacks in the afternoon. What sets this little hotel apart is good, friendly service. We hired our own guide who turned out to be way below our expectations. As soon as we arrived back at our hotel, we asked the manager what we should do. Within 10 minutes time we had a new guide who was terrific and less expensive than our first guide. The hotel staff was also quite good at making restaurant recommendations and getting us reservations. This hotel isn't for everybody but could improve markedly by hiring a good decorator, putting some money into the bathroom fixtures and serving a tastier breakfast.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 November 2011

My wife and I have just returned from a fantastic weeks trip to St Petersburg which was capped everyday by coming back to this wonderful boutique B and B/ Hotel. The young ladies running the hotel simply cannot do enough to make your stay welcoming and enjoyable, from helpful touring hints, organizing trips and restaurants to serving you tea when you wanted it and preparing a fine hearty breakfast before setting of on your sightseeing tour of the day. The hotel is small but perfectly furnished and decorated, like other reviews the entrance is nothing special but actually is quite unique as it shares a block of apartments. However the owners of the hotel have been clever in that it has a shabby chic appearance that you become very used to. We have travelled a great deal and have to say that this is by far one of our most enjoyable hotel experiences where you feel very comfortable and are looked after with care and attention. Thank you Casa Leto.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank sk1nny99
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Reviewed 4 August 2011

Excellent location close to all the main downtown sites, good size rooms, comfortable beds, good breakfast included, resonable price and a very helpful staff. This combination is not easy to find in Russia, but Casa Leto suceeds. Strongly recommended.Don't be put off by the shabby entrance, once inside it's well worth it.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank rcman
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Reviewed 4 May 2011

Very centrally located close to the Mariinsky, Nevsky Prospekt, Hermitage, St. Isaac's cathedral - the list goes on, this privately run small (5 rooms all en-suite) hotel is a delight. Run by an accomplished group of receptionists who will offer a cooked breakfast with freshly baked bread and home made jams,and refreshments seemingly 24/7 and with a smile. Everything within is calm, clean and peaceful.

The rooms on the road side could be too noisy for some, but those overlooking an inner courtyard and slightly bigger would be totally quiet.

If you plan to do sightseeing, take any of the hotel arranged, reasonably priced excusions with private guides (all superb) and private drivers if a car is needed.

Great restaurants all around both Russian and other nationalities. The staff can give recommendations without any whiff of back-handers - unusal in this country, regretfully!

A tip. If you want to buy authentic souvenirs at bargain prices visit St. Isaac's cathedral - less than 10 minutes walk away and worth the 250 roubles entry fee to view the most fantastic cathedral and hear its wondrful choir if you time it right!

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank normalguy2016
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Reviewed 26 March 2011

Maybe this is what it felt like to be a tsar!
The only better location would be staying inside the hermitage.
Great rooms with real personality, amazing well informed and helpful staff, all in all a faultless stay with a real feeling of Russia.

  • Stayed: March 2011
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2  Thank gregandcath
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Reviewed 29 December 2010

We had a fantastic time at Casa Leto- I travelled there with my husband and 17month old son. My son adored running around the apartment and eating the free snacks!
The bedroom (Rossi) was fantastic, really spacious, very warm (the temps outside were -10/-20) so it was very welcoming returning to the appartment after a day sightseeing.
The breakfasts were very filling and tasty and the staff couldnt do more for us- all in all a great experience.
The location is superb, very central!
The exterior could do with a facelift- you enter a shabby building and have to go up 2 flights of stairs(with a buggy this wasnt too easy).

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled with family
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3  Thank mccak3
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Reviewed 15 November 2010

My fiance and I stayed here for 3 nights late October, the room was excellent, very roomy, the bed was great, large and very comfortable, adjustable heating and the ability to open the windows for fresh air made for pleasant surroundings. Bathroom facilities were top class and very clean, in fact the whole hotel was very clean & tidy. A daily breakfast and continuous snacks in the lounge area was a great bonus, free wifi or use of the communal laptop plus free international calls.
As for location, just a short stroll and you are on Nevsky Prospekt, the main street of St Petersburg, so we couldn't have asked for a better location. English speaking staff are available and are only too pleased to help with transfers to airports or train stations for a modest fee. Casa Leto made our trip to St Pete so enjoyable, it was great to come back to the lovely room every evening, we'll be back in the Summer....if it's not already booked out!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Casa Leto

Address: Bolshaya Morskaya St., 34, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
Region: Russia > Northwestern District > St. Petersburg > Admiralteisky
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #86 of 359 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Price Range: £56 - £196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa Leto 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally located close to the Hermitage and St Isaac's Cathedral, Casa Leto is a small and luxurious family owned private hotel. Recommended by FT, Telegraph and Marie Claire, our concept of an 'unhotel' approach has proved very popular with discerning visitors looking for more atmoshere, style and personal attention. Our room rates include many extras as standard including free phone calls, refreshments and internet, making it outstanding value for money. ... more   less 
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