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Rachmaninov Art-Hotel
Ranked #74 of 358 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 December 2008

First of all, this is not a real hotel, but what's called in St.Pete a mini-hotel, that is a converted old large apartment which shares staircase and entrance with other apartments, some inhabited, others used by offices etc. A sort of oversized B&B in a flat rather than a house - St.Pete centre is full of them now. That's precisely what this hotel is.

Location is very good, behind the Kazansky cathedral, close to everything, including metro station (5 min) on the line towards the airport. Practically on Nevsky, but still on a back street which is rather quiet.

You have to climb up to the 4th floor of a residential building's staircase, no elevator. The staff are very welcoming. Some rooms are on the same floor as the entry, for others you have to pass the reception and then go down an internal staircase, which is a bit odd. My first room was 'downstairs', next to this staircase, which made for a horrible night, as it was shaking whenever there were people on the staircase. When I complained, the receptionist first tried to sell me an upgrade to a suite, but seeing I was not ready to pay more, quickly found another room, which was indeed a lot quieter.

The rooms are very modestly decorated and very small, just enough space for a double bed and a wardrobe. Both rooms I stayed in faced the courtyard, very bleak and shabby, typical St.Petersburg 'well-yard'; at least it was quiet.

The hotel is still new, but there are already signs of wear, tv remotes falling apart, shower pieces not holding properly in place; shower cubicle in my first room had a crack just taped over. Small things like this.

In contrast, the common room where the breakfast was served (small but adequate selection of cold things) and where you could also spend time/work/meet during the day is very nicely decorated using period furniture etc and is certainly a pleasant place to be in.

Free wifi is certainly a plus, but the reception in the rooms can be patchy; nearer to reception and in the lounge it was good. There was also a public PC for general use, connected to the internet.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 August 2008

After a less than pleasant experience at at supposed much better hotel, it was a relief to check into Rachmaninov, where a highly competent, helpful and friendly staff made us feel very welcome. Location is perfect, breakfast was great, and I'm spreading the word around!

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2008

The best location -- you could not have a better location. We walked everywhere from there. We requested a quiet room and received a large, comfortable room facing the courtyard -- very quiet. The bathroom was large and modern. Everything was clean and neat. Breakfast was plentiful and tea and coffee available all day. Directly across the street is a great and reasonably priced restaurant serving Georgian cuisine. The Kazan Cathedral has a mixed choir chanting at morning and evening services -- beautiful singing. We requested an extra blanket and pillow and got them immediately. Free wireless internet. The young receptionists all speak English and Vladimir is very knowledgeable and helpful. They arranged safe and reasonably priced airport transportation for us. If you have a problem climbing stairs , then this hotel is not for you.
I hightly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 June 2008

This hotel has a great location in the center. You can reach almost everywhere by walk. Inside of the hotel was clean and tidy.
But there were some problems with service. In case of need of hairdryer or blanket,it is possible to get the negative answer because there wasn't enough. (it was written that hairdryer can be given in case of requirement)If you take everything you need with you,you will have a great journey. The breakfast was fine, the staff were kind but not experienced much.

Stayed: April 2008
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Reviewed 12 June 2007

This hotel may not be for everyone, but it does have some definite advantages if you are visiting St. Petersburg. It is centrally located, but is rather basic. I almost feels more like a simple bed and breakfast than a hotel.

First of all it has a great location. The address is Kazanskaya, 5, which is a block and a half off the central street of Nevsky Prospekt. The dramatic Kazan cathedral is a block away; and it's a 10 to 15 minute walk to the Winter Palace/Hermitage, as well as, in another direction, to the Church of the Spilled Blood. There are numerous restaurants within a block or two radius.

The rate includes a breakfast buffet, which is a nice presentation of the usual Russian breakfast of smoked ham, sliced cheeses, hard boiled eggs, pastry, cereal and granola, yogurt, juice and coffee/tea. The breakfast room was cheery with small tables and tall windows that opened to a small balcony.

The desk staff speak pretty good English, and do their best to be helpful.

Now for the downside. This place has absolutely no curb appeal! Ouside of a small sign, you would think you were trying to enter an industrial building. You press a button on a large black door to be admitted, then must climb 3 (count 'em THREE) sets of cement stairs to the actual hotel on the third floor. There is no elevator, but the staff will try to help you with your luggage, if needed. Once you check in in the very small lobby, you may have to then descend one more set of internal stairs to your room. There are also rooms on the lobby level.

The rooms are clean, but very basic with bare wooden floors and minimal furniture. All my room had was the bed, nightstands, a small straight back chair, and a wardrobe for clothing. Some of the other rooms I saw did have either a desk or occasional table. The bathrooms are small, and the corner showers are tiny. Towels felt like they had been washed in harsh detergent and line dryed. They were thin and rough. And there was no hand or body soup, or shampoo or hairdryers.

Some of the rooms had air conditioners. If you anticipate being in St. Petersburg during warm weather I would highly recommend that you request one of those rooms, even if you're not a "fan" of air conditioning. The windows do not have screens, so if you leave them open in the evening, you will play host to mosquitos. I'd also suggest that you request a room that does not open on to the street as those few rooms can be quite noisy due to sounds bouncing off the multi-story buildings.

All this being said, I would stay here if I should find myself in St. Petersburg again. I found it charming in its simple way, and the location was superb.

  • Stayed: May 2007
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Reviewed 6 November 2006

Although we were put off at first by the four crummy (although shallow) flights of stairs we climbed to reach this hotel, it proved to be a wonderful pad for our week in St. Patersburg. Our double room was not huge but certainly ample, the bathroom was spotless, modern and well-designed, and the housekeeping services were fine. The manager, Boris, is a former guide who speaks near-perfect English and is highly knowledgable. Other English-speaking staff were excellent and eager to please. Breakfast is included and is generous and good quality, served in a quite charming room furnished with antiques. The hotel also offers free use of a lap-top (although the connection tends to be slow). FInally, the location is fabulous -- easy walking distance to the Hermitage, Russian mueum, opera and more.

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Rachmaninov Art-Hotel

Address: Kazanzkaya St., 5, St. Petersburg 191186, Russia
Region: Russia > Northwestern District > St. Petersburg > Nevskiy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#61 Family Hotel in St. Petersburg
#78 Romantic Hotel in St. Petersburg
Price Range: £35 - £118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Rachmaninov Art-Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A conceptual boutique-hotel "Rachmaninov" is situated in the very center of St. Petersburg near Nevsky Prospect and Kazansky Cathedral. It combines the museum area with a homely coziness, sophisticated atmosphere of the Silver Age with bohemian chic of nowadays. The owners of the hotel possess a unique collection of antiques. They also constantly replenish the hotel art collection with contemporary paintings and photography. In years of its existence “Rachmaninov” became a very popular hotel (apartments). Among the guests you can see celebrities, people of culture, consulate representatives, politicians and businessmen who are interested in art. On a fifth anniversary of the hotel famous St. Petersburg artists painted the doors of the rooms in the hotel with their fantasies based on the music of the famous Russian composer. The hotel, situated in the former commercial house, carefully looks after the room where Rachmaninov spent some time of his youth. The layout of the hotel looks like an art gallery and this is not accidentally – here the exhibitions of different artists regularly take place. ... more   less 
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