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“Low-frills in a perfect location”
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Katyusha
Ranked #152 of 336 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Ontario
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Low-frills in a perfect location”
Reviewed 28 June 2008

We stayed at the Katyusha for one week in late June 2008, and found the guest house to be a great deal. Hotels in St Petersburg during the high season are extremely expensive. The Katyusha is relatively cheap compared to other hotels, and thus provides great value for money.

Unlike the name implies, it isn't a hotel, but a guest house - basically a large apparment where the rooms are rented out. Our room was very clean and modern, but small (we had to move the bed in order to fully open the wardrobe door). It contained a double bed, a dresser, a wardrobe and a small desk (all from Ikea) as well as a television with satellite reception (the downside of which is that we couldn't find any local stations, and information about local weather predictions).

A tiled alcove in the very clean and modern private bathroom was separated by a shower curtain and served as the shower. The smallest shower I've even been in; a person of size would definitely find it a challenge.

The hosts were courteous and very helpful, most of whom spoke excellent English. Olga, the "headmistress" spoke broken English but was charming, and tried extremely hard to pass along recommendations for restaurants, places to see, things to do, etc.

The location couldn't be better; located literally next door to the Winter Palace/Hermitage, it allowed us to easily walk to all the sites of interest.

We were looking for a good-quality, low-cost accomodation in a central location, and the Katyusha proved to be a perfect choice.

To address some of the issues raised by previous reviewers:

Window screen (mosquito netting). Our room had two windows; one with a screen and the other without. A quick look outside the windows of the other rooms indicate that most windows do have screens.

Air conditionning: There was definitely no air conditionner (or a fan) in our room, and I saw no evidence of one in the others. There is a central unit in the hallway, but that would prove useless to guests inside their room, unless they slept with their room door open. The nights were rather cool during our stay, so heat was not a problem, but I could see that on hot, humid nights, the lack of air conditionning could prove a problem to North Americans unused to humid weather.

Noise/party boat: There was definitely no party boat anywhere near the guest house when we were there. However, the Katyusha is located on a side street off Admiralty Embankment, a popular place for strollers, buskers and a few cafes (both on land, and on boats moored to the embankment) which can be noisy. The noise they generated didn't bother us, but we slept with our windows closed each night. However, there isn't much sound insulation between the rooms. We could occasionally hear our neighbours talk if they were loud (and even heard some snoring). However, on the whole the guest house is quite quiet.

Would I recommend the Katyusha? To a budget-minded traveller looking for no-frills, basic lodgings, the Katyusha is an excellent choice, and the location is unbeatable. If you're looking for North American-style lodgings, you will probably be disapointed.

  • Liked — Great value for money; location
  • Disliked — Rather cramped accomodations
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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2 Thank TwoBsBob
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losangeles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2008

I spent a week at the Hotel Katyusha during the 'white nights' in
this past June (08) and found it to be
fabulous! Yes, it is indeed 'small' in the # of rooms, but
the owners and people who work there are VERY
friendly and bend over backwards to be helpful.
ALso, I found the quality of guests to be superb-
everyone sat around the counter in the small
kitchen area, drinking tea and chatting.
The hotel is very quiet-I didnt hear anything even
remotely related to discos-in the White Night
period there are fireworks all over the city-
but this cannot be helped.
The hotel is located in a historic building -and has a
great deal of charm---it also provides a refrigerator
and microwave.
It is CENTRALLY located with regard to the Hermitage
and other sights of St. P and it is very very easy
to use public transportation to get there.


RZIONY@aol.com

  • Liked — Friendliness of the staff
  • Disliked — That it was full and I could not extend my stay.
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled solo
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1 Thank RKZ90027
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Auckland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2008

We booked into the hotel in July for five days and were very disappointed after the reviews we had read on Trip Advisor. What is described as a hotel is in fact a few rooms on the ground floor of what appears to be a boarding house. The room and especially the bathroom was tiny and there was no airconditioning in the room- only in the corridor. The breakfast was unpalatable and we didn't want to sit in the tiny lobby area where they served it and as we had to sit on the bed (due to lack of room) to eat breakfast decided to forgo it after the first day. Because of the lack of air conditioning we had to leave the window open and woke up almost choking with dust from the road outside and the disco on the boat on the river played loud music every night until about 5am. The receptionist told us on the first day she could arrange a guide for the following two days but after getting back from dinner that night we found out that the guide was not now able to do it and we had to find our own.
I definitely would not recommend this hotel to travellers as the whole experience tarnished our impression of St Petersburg. The only good thing about the so-called hotel is that it is within walking distance of the Winter Palace which is what we had gone to St Petersburg to see.

anne wilson

  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank annewilson
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olgsi
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2007

Hotel Katyusha turned out to be a great choice. No, there was no marble lobby, but the rooms were regular size, clean, modern and completely renovated. Also, it was helpful to have access to the kitchenette for fridge, water, tea, etc. The wi-fi was working fine. There was no problem with the outside noise, as other reviews have suggested. The location is truly great, just minutes from the Winter Palace and Nevsky Prospect. So if you are looking for a relatively inexpensive, no frills, but clean and modern place to stay, this hotel should do the job! We would stay there again.

  • Liked — Modern, Clean, Efficient
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank olgsi
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Brazil
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2007

I stayed there from september 28 to ocotober 03.
I asked in the reception for reconfirm the flight with Aeroflot and she said " is impossible".The recepcionist was very rude.So, at ocotober 2, I had to spend half of my day walking in Saint Petersburg just for find a Aeroflot store and reconfirm flight.
,for something possible to make by phone in two minutes.
The hotel has a great location, close to Hermitage.
It´s very small ,so it´s unavoidable to awake with the first guest.
I know about some complains about a disco close to hotel, and hotel said that "there is no disco near hotel".
Really,there is a disco close, very noisy, but not a regular disco. It´s a boat with a disco inside, but,what matters , very noisy.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Reception service
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled solo
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1 Thank jose1
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2007

The Katyusha Hotel was not as good as reviews suggested. The location, cleaniness and security were all very good to excellent. However space, comfort, breakfast and helpfulness (as opposed to friendliness) of reception staff were average to very poor. We booked a superior double room. It was very small despite their glossy brochure describing superior rooms as spacious. The staff said a superior room had new furniture and an lcd tv and that there was little difference in room sizes. I was also assured there was an even smaller room than ours! There appears to be economy of truth as well as size of rooms. The room had no air conditioning and we were hot at night when it was 0 degrees outside in April. The room must get intolerably hot in Summer unless the (ground floor) window is left open - a security and noise issue. There is a nightclub about 100 yards away - it is a converted boat and this may well be a problem if the window needs to be left open. Breakfast was poor. The reception staff were friendly but not effective at giving assistance. Would we recommend this hotel - NO.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — space, comfort
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled as a couple
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Helpful?
1 Thank StuartFromKirkham
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minikatyusha, Manager at Katyusha, responded to this review, 15 May 2007
This customer was angry as he had booked a cheaper room category and was refused and free upgrade as all the rooms were full at the time.

All rooms have controlable radiators, but this customer was unable to locate the thermostat and did not ask anybody about it. So there was no need to sleep with windows open.

Air conditioning has been installed.

All the rooms are comfortable with new furniture and decor all to 4 star standards.

We pride ourselves in providing top quality accommodation at affordable prices.

There are no mosquitos as all windows have mosquito nets.

Our staff are always friendly and helpfull and go the extra mile to help !
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UK
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2007

Really amazing location, could not be any better... there was no mosquitoes as there are mosquitoes nets on the windows, I also noticed air conditioner.. there is no disco nearby so have no idea what was a previous message about and there is no building side when I was there ( in the beginning of September). Entrance was not bed too: lovely new oak door leading to the hallway which did not look bed to me at all ( I think it was recently renovated and re-painted). Rooms are clean, modern and cosy, flat screen TV, BBC & Euro news channels are in English, friendly and helpfull people working at the reception. Planning to come again this summer to St Pete and will consider to stay at Katyusha hotel as I found it perfectly suitable for me...If they have rooms available :)

Stayed September 2006
Helpful?
7 Thank bonUK
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Property: Katyusha
Address: Admiralteyskaya Emb., 6, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
Region: Russia > Northwestern District > St. Petersburg > Admiralteisky
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Ranked #152 of 336 Hotels in St. Petersburg
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Hotel Class:3 star — Katyusha 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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