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.
- 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