I stayed at the Ambassador Hotel for 8 nights as part of a music tour, and I was not disappointed.
Location: off Sadovaya street, opposite the Yusupof Gardens, within walking distance of St Isaac's cathedral, Nevsky Prospekt and two metro stations. (Warning: it can be tricky navigating the metro with a suitcase as there are often steps leading in and out of the station; once inside, use the escalators). The breakfast buffet/restaurant on the 9th floor have a fantastic panorama of the city, including the golden dome of St Isaac's. There is a 24-hr store nearby (great for snacks and water), and the Georgian restaurant a few doors down serves some great traditional food.
Reception: the lobby is impressive with marble stairs and a chandelier. The reception staff were friendly, although I did have some difficulty explaining a problem about an extra night's accommodation that I had booked but not yet paid for - a quick email to the reservations department (who speak better English) quickly rectified this problem. There is a lobby bar and spa/massage/beauty salon on the mezzanine level. Another big bonus was the free city maps and the ATM in the reception - it has a currency exchange function so that you can simply put your US dollars into the machine and get Russian roubles in exchange without having to worry about your ATM card getting swallowed up.
Room: reasonably spacious for a twin room. Large wardrobe, excellent in-room heating/AC (although the room did get quite stuffy), spacious bathroom with lovely amenities and huge fluffy towels. The shower was over the bath so it's a bit of a step in. Plenty of hot water. I didn't use the minibar or fridge. There was an in-room safe, as well as an area for storing and polishing shoes, keeping long jackets. Plenty of lighting and power sockets for charging devices, and there was a desk and a small writing table. I never brush my teeth in local water if the tap water is not suitable for drinking (and tap water in St Petersburg is not advised for drinking due to Giardia) so I can't comment about the taste like other reviewers.
Facilities: I did not use the swimming pool or fitness centre, but I did enjoy a 1-hour massage in the salon which was very relaxing and reasonably priced (compared with other overseas prices). You could book tours or taxis with the concierge but I also didn't require this facility. There is a souvenir and jewellery shop also on site.
Breakfast buffet was included in the room rate - HUGE RANGE of hot and cold options, traditional Russian items as well as standard items - an excellent way to start a long day of sightseeing. And I mean long day, because we visited in the middle of the White Nights so that it was daylight for most of the day and night.
It's meant to be a non-smoking hotel but I swear I could smell smoke each morning in the corridor - not sure if other guests were indulging against regulations.
The free wifi was fantastic - never any problems with access.
This was a great place to relax and unwind after a long day, and it was in a convenient location with easy access to currency exchange and public transport options - I would definitely stay again if I am fortunate enough to visit again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ambassador Hotel is located in the historic center of St. Petersburg, a 7-minute walk away from Sadovaya (Sennaya Ploschad’) Underground Station. St. Isaac and St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Mariinsky Theatre, and the Yusupov Gardens are all in the immediate vicinity of the hotel and you can visit them while you take a walk.There are 251 comfortable rooms at the hotel, including the rooms of the following categories: Economy, Standard, Superior, Studio, Demi-Suite, Suite, as well as the Rimsky-Korsakov and Presidential Apartments. Each room is equipped with air-conditioning, Internet access, a direct international and inter-city telephone line, interactive and satellite TV, a mini-bar and a safe.All rooms are decorated in tranquil pastel shades with comfortable furniture upholstered in elegant fabrics and luxurious curtains. Bath rooms are equipped with big mirrors and somewhere are decorated with mosaic. All the rooms have a beautiful view on the historic city center, cozy courtyard or Rimsky-Korsakov avenue.According modern standards, the hotel has comfortable rooms equipped for physically handicapped guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ambassador Hotel St Petersburg
- Ambassador St Petersburg
- Ambassador Petersburg