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“Excellent Location and Professional Staff”
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Pushka Inn Hotel
Ranked #2 of 357 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 September 2012

I stayed this hotel from June 1st to June 4th before I started my Trans-Siberian Railway Trip. The hotel deserves the reputation it has and proves to be a great stay. These are a few highlights I would like to call them out:

* Excellent Location: It is literally within 5 minute walking distance to the Hermitage. After a long day in the museum, you won't need to walk very far to take a break in your hotel room. In the month of "white night", you can hang out in the Palace square and other major Saint Petersburg historical city centres after many tourists leave. Also, it is a quick walk to Nevsky Street where you can find all type of restaurants and Nevsky Blue Line metro station, where you can easily get to the railway station for Moscow or transfer to red line if you plan to travel to Peterhof by yourself through public transit. Alternatively, you can just walk to the Nevsky river port outside the Hermitage and get on the scenic ferry to Peterhof as well. Unfortunately, I did not see many groceries store around. The nearest one is about 15 minute walk on Nevsky street from the hotel and it is a small underground grocery but with everything you need.

* Professional Staffs: the staffs are extremely professional and patient, speaking Excellent English. They will automatically register your visa for free and give the visa registration slip to you on your door mob next day, if you arrive late. They will explain everything you need to know about visa. Fortunately, in Saint Petersburg, police don't seem to check visa registration at all, at least based on my experience.

* Room: I had a single room. While the room is relatively small but it is clean with everything you need. It comes with free wi-fi. During the white month season, the price is a bit high. However, compared with most hotels in Saint Petersburg during the popular season, the price is average. So for backpackers who want to save money, hostel might be a better option. However, if you want to stay a hotel in historical city centre, the price with Pushka Inn is reasonable.

* For people with a lot of luggages, while the hotel is not far away from Metro station. If you have a lot of luggages and you decide to get to the hotel by using public transit. You need to be aware that it might not be that pleasant for you to walk from the nearest Nevsky Metro station to the hotel. You will feel the walk is not short. Therefore, if you only have a backpacker (big or small does not matter), you should be fine with public transit. If you have more than 2 bags per person, get yourself ready for a "long" walk. In this case, I would recommend you hire a taxi at the airport and make sure you let the service desk inside the terminal arrange that for you and never take any private offer.

As a trans-siberian traveler, I think by staying with this hotel, to a very good extent, it helps me get comfortable to the context of Russia so that I can be in a good condition when I am boarding the trans-siberian train where I will only stay on train and hostels.

Hope you find this review useful.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

My wife and I travel extensively and we won't hesitate to highly recommend the Pushka Inn. It is very centally located on one of the canals in the downtown area about a 5 minute walk from the Hermitage. The rooms, while not very large are very adequate for Russian standards. I would, however, book a room facing the courtyard, as noise from the canal at night may bother some people. A very big plus is the hotel's restaurant which serves excellent dinners at a very reasonable price. I'm leaving the best to last, which is the excellent service that was provided to us during our five night stay. All the staff at the desk were very friendly and bent over backwards to ensure that our stay was an enjoyable one. I have to particularly mention Julia who went out of her way to ensure our train reservations to Moscow were in order etc. Thank you Pushka Inn for a GREAT stay in a very beautiful city.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the courtyard are more quiet than those facing the canal.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank HappyCloud99
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Reviewed 5 September 2012

This hotel is very well located -- a very short walk from the Winter Palace, Church of Spilt Blood, and Nevsky Prospect and directly on the Moika river. In fact, its location is perfect. The room is comfortable and relatively modern but this is not a luxurious hotel. It is relatively modest. The loud commentary on the passing boats at night could pose a problem for some, and at first it was disconcerting, but we managed just fine. The resturant next door was very good with traditional Russian dishes (enjoyed the borscht and Beef Stroganoff). Breakfast was a fairly basic buffet, nothing fancy. The hotel staff were exceptional and even arranges our airport transfers. Overall, this hotel was as advertised and an excellent choice for St. Petersburg.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

It doesn’t always happen that a hotel turns out to be as good as – even better than – its favourable reviews, but Pushka Inn is justifiably TripAdvisor’s #1 hotel in St Petersburg.
It won’t appeal to the more demanding travellers who want a big, luxurious and impersonal hotel that caters to every whim. But it will be an absolute delight to those who prefer a small, simple, comfortable hotel with character and charm, run by very friendly, helpful and professional staff. Add to all that the next-door hotel restaurant and one of the best locations in the city, and this is an almost perfect hotel.

We stayed for five nights in a pleasant, spacious room overlooking the river. In peak tourist season the constant passing of sightseeing boats, with amplified commentary, does create a noise hazard until around 11pm. We were amused rather than bothered by it, but others might be advised to ask for a room at the back of the hotel.

The restaurant provided a hearty buffet breakfast with limited, unvarying hot dishes (porridge, scrambled eggs and crepes) and an interesting dinner menu. We chose to eat there every night and though the service was a bit haphazard, the food was generally pretty good – particularly the Russian specialities such as pelmeni and crepes with caviar and sour cream.

But the best feature of Pushka Inn was the staff, who were young, cheerful, incredibly helpful and quite fluent in English. They provided information and made tour bookings for us in advance of our stay, organised transfers from the train station and to the airport, and solved our problems with printing airline boarding passes before we left. The welcoming atmosphere and deservedly high reputation of the hotel are largely due to them!

Room Tip: If noise bothers you, don't take a water-view front room.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank barbev
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

The staff of Pushka inn bent over backwards to make our stay wonderful. They set us up with a phenomenal tour guide Tatiana. Location, location, location, close to cathedrals, the Hermitage, dining, and river tours. Excellent breakfast with a wide variety of Russian favorites and American choices. The only downside is the room safe that is too small for an iPad.
Would definitely recommend to families, couples, and solos.

Room Tip: We liked being in the more economical room with a view of inner courtyard. The boat rides until 4 a...
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Tonita777
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Reviewed 29 August 2012

Really cosy hotel in the very heard of the city center, nice rooms, good breakfast. Best value for the money. Free Wi-Fi, good speed. Staf is friendly and helpful. My husband and I already staid twice here. The only disadvantage could be tiny elevator.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

Perfectly located for the main sights of St Petersburg.
In advance the staff helped us to arrange our visa as we were travelling independently, as well as organising an airport pick up.
Breakfast is served in the adjoining restaurant and is fine. Our room was clean & spacious & the view across the river tremendous.
Staff were always helpful & English was spoken by all.
Since staying here, I have confidently recommended Pushka Inn to a number of people.

Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
1  Thank JulieAnnM
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Address: Reki Moiki Emb., 14, St. Petersburg 191186, Russia
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Region: Russia > Northwestern District > St. Petersburg > Nevskiy , Palace Square
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in St. Petersburg
#1 Family Hotel in St. Petersburg
#2 Luxury Hotel in St. Petersburg
#12 Business Hotel in St. Petersburg
Price Range: £58 - £279 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Pushka Inn Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 33
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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