I just finished staying here for three nights with a close friend. I should mention that my friend was a little unhappy with the location because it's a good 15 min walk to the nearest metro station, and a 40-60 min walk to all the major downtown attractions, with limited food and bar options in the immediate neighborhood. However, I enjoyed all the walking and I appreciated the peace and quiet of being a little further from downtown.
I found this to be an excellent value. The front desk staff was wonderfully helpful and spoke excellent English, and the included breakfast had everything we needed to get started in the morning. Our room was on the top floor and it was pretty large compared to most of the hotels we've stayed in. We even had big skylights to let in lots of natural light, which made it nearly impossible to sleep in during the "white nights" of long daylight hours (the skylights had blinds but they didn't do much to block the morning sun) but you could easily ask for a lower-level room if this is a problem.
Saint Petersburg doesn't have good drinkable tap water so the hotel had a large water cooler with drinking water in the hallways, which was great. We met some other Americans around the water cooler and wound up meeting a few people from the neighboring rooms which was good fun.
I felt very secure here, especially after I tried to quickly run up to my room to grab something without stopping by the reception desk first and I was promptly stopped by the security guard who asked to see my guest card.
Overall I was really impressed with Hotel Vera and I would definitely stay here again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Vera occupies part of a renovated 1903 Art Nouveau building, entered in St.Petersburg Registry of Architectural Masterpieces as Stepnov’s House. It is located in downtown St. Petersburg, Russia, within walking distance of Nevsky prospect and the Central Moscow Railroad Station. The renovations created contemporary accommodations with modern conveniences, while retaining early 20th-century charm. Its convenient location offers nearby services for both tourists and business travelers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vera Hotel St Petersburg