I agree with other reviewers that the Casa Leto is a smart, friendly and comfortable hotel. The rooms are very spacious (we chose the Rinaldi Suite as we were travelling with our daughter and there is a large curtain which can divide the room in two, effectively giving two bedrooms). The beds are very comfortable with crisp cotton linen and feather pillows. Fluffy bathrobes, Molton Brown toiletries, heated bathroom floor & a decent hairdryer were all appreciated. The only negative to our bathroom was the shower - it was hot and powerful but there was not much room to move & the curtain got in the way.
The staff were friendly & helpful. They arranged transfers to and from the airport at a reasonable price and were also very happy to book local city taxis for us. They also bought opera and ballet tickets for us at no extra charge (we chose our seats from the plan on the theatre website first and then the hotel bought them). They printed off a local train t imetable to help us with our journey to Pushkin - we didn't ask them for this, but it was very useful.
Breakfast was good - porridge, cereals, yoghurts, eggs (we chose scrambled with bacon most mornings), toast, croissant, pain au chocolat, honey, james, tea, coffee & fruit juice. If the fruit juice had been freshly squeezed & chilled I would not have been able to fault the breakfast at all!
The little extras did make a difference. We took advantage of the free international calls (landlines only) and use of the internet on the laptop in the bar. Fresh coffee, tea, fruit juice, mineral water & pepsi, plus fruit (fresh & dried), nuts and chocolates were there for you to help yourself to whenever you wanted, at no cost. It would also be possible to use the microwave in the little kitchen area if you wished.
The location is perfect - about 5 mins from Nevsky Prospekt, 10 from the Hermitage and 15 from the Mariinsky Theatre.
I would have given the hotel five stars if it had not been for one problem. It is in a large apartment block and the floor above is lived in by other people. Whoever was living in the rooms above the Rinaldi Suite had a very strange style of life, which remained a complete mystery to us. Every night between about midnight and 7am there was regular thudding and banging on the ceiling directly above our head. Occasionally it was so heavy we thought the ceiling light was going to fall on our heads. I am a light sleeper but my husband was also disturbed when it got bad. On four occasions I went to the receptionist in the early hours of the morning to complain - each time they went upstairs and even called the police once. Sometimes the noise stopped after this, sometimes it didn't. The staff were extremely apologetic but, sadly, it did mean that I did not sleep at all well during our stay and by the end of the week I felt pretty rough. All I can do is suggest that you check the situation with the hotel before booking if you think this might be an issue for you.
However, because of everything else the hotel had to offer, I think I would choose to stay there again, perhaps in a different room next time.
- 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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