They are listed as minihotel, but for St Pete standards I would call it medium size. My experience is there are three categories of hotels in St Pete. Minihotels, which are big communal apartments transformed into hotels with 5-8 rooms, occupying same floor of an apartment building. Second type also call themselves minihotels but are stand-alone buildings, 20-30 rooms. Third, 4-5 star big chain hotels. The major difference between the first two is that former apartments do not offer privacy and all services of a 2-3-4 star hotel. Main drawbacks to be aware of: poor sound insulation (it is like staying in different rooms of big apartment), small bathrooms and limited hot water (they have to fit additional bathrooms into space not planned for it and water comes from boilers which are limited in capacity), not always easy to find, entrance shared with inhabitants of the building which depending on the area and hotel price range can be somewhat intimidating. Nevertheless, they are good bargain in terms of price-services offered and very often have a personal touch in decor and service. This time we were travelling in low season and I was looking for a comfortable, quiet, conveniently situated hotel, which would be a standalone building and offer all the services and comfort of a conventional hotel at reasonable price. Pushka Inn turned out to be excellent fit.
The hotel is situated in the center of St.Pete, opposite the Winter Palace (which is part of Hermitage – the second biggest museum in the world). Less than 10 minutes from Nevsky – the main avenue. We walked everywhere, apart from taxi ride to-from Moscow railway station, which took about 20 minutes in traffic. One of central metro stations is about 10 minutes walk. Located on the canal which means there is no heavy traffic in front of the hotel. Part of the windows open on inner yard, which is quiet.
Nice stylish décor with a theme. We stayed in two rooms: a family room on the top 4th floor and a standard room. Both were very functional, clean and well maintained. The family suite includes big bedroom, sitting room with a kitchenette equipped with fridge, dishwasher and utensils and spacious entrance hall. There is a lot of space, perfect for family with kids. Very quiet, as is on top floor, windows open on the yard, there are mansard windows in the ceiling – very nice. Standard room is good size, there is enough space for armchair and small table, and a dressing table with mirror and chair – very convenient. Big wardrobe for clothes with shelves. Safe in the room. Comfortable beds. Free wi-fi in the rooms - sometimes a little bit slow. The only complaint would be that TVs are way too small in all the rooms – to watch it you really need to be in front of it, rather than on the bed or sofa. Bathrooms are decent size as well, with a bath in family room and a shower cabin in standard room. Water comes from central system, so we did not experience any lack of it or other inconvenience.
Service in the hotel was excellent. Very friendly, all of the staff we encountered, everyone spoke good English, attentive to requests, smiling and enthusiastic. We ordered transfers to and from the railway station. The one on our way back was late, and they took quick action to understand where the car was.
For transfers they have two options: one is more expensive and gets included in hotel bill, second one is almost 50% cheaper, and you pay the driver directly.
As mentioned, room maintenance efficient and ontime. They also have room-service listed in the booklet in the room. There is no menu, but I would expect you can order food from their restaurant next door.
Price of the room includes breakfast, served in their restaurant. Breakfast consists of choice of breads, cereals, yoghurt, cheeses, and hot food like sausage, bacon, eggs made to order and traditional Russian blinis. It does not vary a lot from day to day but different choices are more than sufficient not to get bored for a week. Coffee is weak, so if you want a real one order it from espresso machine at additional cost. The service in the restaurant is by far the only complaint we would have about the hotel. It varies from shift to shift. On our first day all the waiters were excellent – we were warmly greeted, a friendly girl explained all the choices, took our orders for eggs and they constantly took care of all the guests. On subsequent days it was the opposite – neither of the three waiters present acknowledged our arrival (which is big drawback if this is your first day and you do not know your way around), we had to chase them to order eggs, used plates were not cleaned from the table, and in general there was not a smile coming from them. Definitely area for improvement.
Definitely recommended for a comfortable calm stay without hustle and overpriced services of a big hotel at the same time with real hotel services in the center of St Pete.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With dark wooden floors and high-ceilings, this place retains its old riverside atmosphere. Although it's completely renovated, it has an original stone staircase from 1810 and antique lanterns on the walls. You're in the center of the city on ancient Moyka river, one of the most scenic parts of the city.24-hours service, security, parking area, Wi-Fi Internet free of charge, air-conditioning system, safe cells. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pushka Hotel St Petersburg
- Pushka St Petersburg