As with many of the other reviews, the first thing to note about this hotel is it's great location off Nevsky Prospekt, a mere five minutes walk from the Hermitage, Church on Spilled Blood and the Russian Museum. St Petersburg as a whole we found a very easy city to walk and the hotel is well placed for canal-side explorations and a consequence of its central location is that dining and shopping options abound.
We also received great service from the staff, with someone always available who spoke good English. Trying to reach St Catherine's Palace (Tsarskoe Selo) ourselves, one receptionist was particularly helpful providing multiple public transport options.
The room we stayed in - 207 - overlooked the courtyard around which the hotel is situated. This was fine - the courtyard itself was perfectly quiet - but the room was close to the floor's main entry/exit point, which could make it difficult to sleep. The room itself, though small, was perfectly clean and serviceable. Although it could clearly do with updating, the shower was great and cleaned daily - you're not in St Petersburg to lounge in the room, are you?
The other main thing to note about this hotel is the breakfast which is avowedly continental, with plenty of juices, cheeses, salad and sliced meats. A small cereal selection is supplemented by some very good hot porridge, german sausages and rice/pasta/pulses depending on the day.
Overall, I would characterise the hotel as value for money in what is an admittedly expensive city. If I was revisiting, I would happily stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There are forty eight rooms in the Nevsky Hotel Aster, four of which are lovely two-room suites with sauna and Jacuzzi. The 45 standard rooms nicely accommodate two guests, who can request either a double bed or twin beds. They come with ample shelving, wall mirror, room safe and bathroom with a choice of shower or bath. The hotel is surrounded by cafes and restaurants of every kind with a wide variety of meals and snacks. There are lots of nearby shops, too, and they carry a Western-style assortment of quality merchandise. Also close to the hotel are art galleries and nightclubs. Guests can choose from among the numerous services the hotel offers, such as visa support, registration for only 200 roubles, and a car and driver to and from the airport or railway station. There's a laundry and dry cleaning service, selection of cars with drivers for travelling, experienced interpreters in any language and tickets for airplane flights or journeys by rail. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nevsky Hotel St Petersburg