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Austrian Yard - Apartments
Ranked #89 of 906 St. Petersburg B&B and Inns
Austin, Texas
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185 reviews
74 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem - Great Value”
Reviewed 2 April 2009

This small out-of-the-way hotel was a wonderful fine. Spotlessly clean and comfortable (though small) room at a bargain price. A generous breakfast was included and the staff handled visa and registration formalities efficiently. The beds were a little small and not up to 4/5 star levels, but were comfortable. The nearby metro stop is a short ride from downtown, and the Tvaricheskii garden is less than 50 meters away. I would definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed March 2009, travelled on business
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Seattle
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2006

My wife and I stayed at the AY for 8 days in the middle of September. Although it calls itself a hotel, it is really four studios on separate floors. It was a perfect place for travelers like us who planned to stay for extended periods. If you expect to be in SP for a few days or do not read or speak Russian, a full service hotel might be a better choice.

Because of the size of the AY, we ate our breakfast in the kitchen/dining area. The cleaning staff put bread, sausage, fruit, juice and instant coffee in the refrigerator for our use the next morning. The kitchen also had a small cook top and sink that could be used for other meals if you wanted to eat in the room.

The staff was very considerate and helped us plan a day trip to a palace outside the city. Some speak little or no English so your stay at the AY would be easier if you could speak some Russian.

The building is located in a large courtyard and entered through a gate to the street. It is located in on a quiet street, in a comfortable, but slightly worn, middle class residential area near the Tauride Gardens. The metro station is one long city block away and a number of minibuses stop on a nearby street. Several restaurants, markets, banks and cafes can be found between the AY and the metro stop. An excellent food store with prepared items is 10 minutes away at the corner of Furshtadtskaya (where the AY is located) and Liteyniy Prospekt. It takes about 15 minutes to take the metro from the AY’s station to the museum and theater area on Nevsky Prospekt. Alternatively, it took us 30 minutes to walk to this area from the AY.

I would choose the AY rather than a hotel closer to the museums and theaters because of the chance to see and experience how SP residents live. Most tourist hotels are near the Nevsky Prospekt, an area that feels like midtown Manhattan or Piccadilly. Why go to SP for that experience?

  • Liked — Privacy and location
  • Disliked — Breakfast was OK, not good.
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank crushdummy
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Athens, Tennessee
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2006

My husband and I stayed at the Austrian Yard in late May 2006. They arranged pick up and return to the airport, it was actually the husband of the owner who was the driver! We were in the top floor room with the skylights and it was lovely, we particularly liked the heated floor in the bathroom. The room was well equipped and there is a small grocery just down the street where we bought food that we fixed in the kitchen. We also bought an internet access card from the front desk that we could use in our room. There is a good Chinese restaurant with an English menu a little further past the grocery on the same side of the street where we ate a couple of times.

The Austrian Yard is located in the midst of the foreign embassies, the area was very safe and convenient for sightseeing. They have their own website, --- that will give you more information. The front desk personnel were helpful as were the owners. We were very pleased with all aspects of our stay and would definitely stay there again if we returned to St. Petersburg.

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lake wales Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2006

Found their website and had great communication with them via email before we left. They made arrangements for airport transfers and general information about the rail system that is located only 2 blocks away. Also a must is to get a local tour guide for at least 1 day (I recommend Alla found at ----). This mini hotel has lots of pictures and general information on their website ---- go there. It is a very secure and convenient location.

I just returned from an around the world trip and was very skeptical about Russia. I found it to be a wonderful stop on my trip and am glad I added it to my list. There's no place like it in the world.

Thanks Austrain Yard and Alla

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Property: Austrian Yard - Apartments
Address: Furshtatskaya St., 45, St. Petersburg 191123, Russia
Region: Russia > Northwestern District > St. Petersburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #89 of 906 B&Bs / Inns in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Austrian Yard - Apartments 2*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
«Austrian Yard» is located next to the Austrian Consulate in St. Petersburg, five minutes' walk from the subway station Chernishevskaya. Nearby are also consulates of Germany, the United States of America, the Finnish consulate. It is a quiet and calm area of the historical city center. ... more   less 
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