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“A Gem in St. Petersburg”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Casa Leto

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Casa Leto
Ranked #95 of 334 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
Perth, Australia
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“A Gem in St. Petersburg”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2010

A great find in the very heart of St Petersburg. Ideally situated for all of the main sites.
Casa Leto is, as advertised, a local "mini hotel", not a full service international chain; clearly if you need gyms, valet, overpriced cocktail bars and restaurants on the premise then this isn't for you. Service was friendly and breakfast cooked to order more than sufficient; airport transfers were quick and efficient.

Should you wish for a comfortable friendly base from which to explore the city around you choosing local bars & restaurants in different locations then it's ideal.
The entry way is full of character as the hotel is just one small part of the apartment block and so is used by local residents as well rather than being a part of the hotel and it's actually quite spectacular in its faded grandure.....

Did I mention the location? Perfect...

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Bellevue, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2010

Our stay at Casa Leto was exceptional! The location is great. It is a short walk (5-15 minutes) to any of the tourist sites. The hotel staff speak excellent English and are very helpful (rather uncommon for Russia).
The hotel includes filtered water, non-alcoholic beverages and breakfast. The non- alcoholic beverages selection was a little meager, but if you request something you want they will get it for you. There are quite a few choices for breakfast including yogurt, cereal, toast, eggs, or omelets. One suggestion on the eggs and omelets ask them to cook both sides…we were quite surprised the first morning when they served us runny omelets. Also in the afternoon they have a few ‘snacks.’ It is really just a bowl of mixed nuts. But it was nice to have a complimentary small bite and cold drink.
The hotel staff is happy to help you buy tickets to the ballet, or arrange a tour. However, the markup was rather high. I organize my own activities and saved around 25%.
My initial impression of the (Quarenghi) room was rather dingy due to a faded and blemished bedspread. The room was actual very spacious and clean, but Casa Leto really needs to replace the bedspread. The bathroom was tasteful and clean. Plus, the heated floor was a nice touch.
Like other reviews have mentioned, you do have to walk up a several flights of stairs in a long dark hall way to get to the hotel. I had read the reviews in advance and knew what to expect, but it was still a little intimidating at first. But after a few times, you learn were the sensors are to turn the lights on and the corridor becomes lot less daunting.
Overall, it was a great value with breakfast & water included & free wi-fi. Plus the location can’t be beat.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Dubai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2010

The hotel is in a great location and its entrance (inside a locked door in an old, rundown building) is full of character and exactly what we wanted of St Petersburg. The rooms were also beautifully appointed and large. The only drawback really is that it is a lot more a B&B than a hotel so there are aspects of a hotel you give up - lobby, lounge, gym, bar, restaurant, lavish breakfast - and with the service being no more attentive than that usually received in a boutique hotel it didn't really make up for it. Our view may also have been coloured by the time we visited - in the middle of a huge heatwave which the rooms were not at all equipped to deal with - though they would be bliss in the winter.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2010

very good location in the city center. Walking distance from Ermitage (5 min) and metro station (10 min). Only 5 rooms. Very friendly staff.
In front of a very nice restaurant (Oliva) also to recommend,

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2010

Nothing is to much trouble. Service is professional and friendly. Rooms were full of character, clean and modern. Quiet and peaceful. Tea and coffee avaiable al day. Good breakfasts. Great beds for good night's sleep - after hours trekking around the wonderful St Petersburhg and all its secrets. Very agreeable bathrooms with great products. Excellent tour guides on hand arranged by the staff. Throughly reccommended. River tours also a must.
Local restaurants offered some great food. Foodies need not go hungry or be disappointed.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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london
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2010

My girlfriend and I went for a long weekend in St. Petersburg last winter. The location of the hotel is amazing, right next to... well everything, including the hermitage, St Isaac cathedral, Nyevsky Prospect, etc. All the staff speak great English and know the city intimately. The interior of the hotel is beautiful, attention has been payed to detail, perhaps due to the diminutive size of the hotel (just five rooms). This also means that staff are always on hand to help. I would recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: 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 #95 of 334 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Casa Leto 3.5*
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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