First of all I'd like to state that the overall impression I gained from living at this hotel is positive (3.6 of 5.0). We've spent three nights in the room of the cheapest class and here are details.
+ The location of the hotel is absolutely great (it's situated at the center of the city's historical part, ~100 meters beyond Kazan Cathedral). This is the major factor that justifies the price.
+ The antique-style interior of the hotel is very cozy.
+ The hotel offers rebates and special programs (which finally are also rebates) if it's not a high season.
+ Decent staff.
- Price/Quality rate (in my opinion) is too high at high season, though quite moderate at low season.
- Our room had no air conditioner. That's why we had to open windows while sleeping (it was too hot there), but some food preparation smell was comming from the street. Apparently, some kitchens have air vents that blow inwards the very same courtyard hotel windows are looking at. Besides this nasty smell, these vents are a little noisy. So, the only good option is living in a room with AC inside.
- The hotel's building is very old (could be an architectural museum of some kind) and water pipes are also quite antique. As a result, hot water in the bathroom is a little rusty, though cold water is OK. You probably won't notice the rustiness of the hot + cold water mixture, but you can notice water's metallic taste.
- If your bathroom is equipped with a shower cabin (our bathroom was), then be ready for continuous dampness. And the last is fairly conducive for various creatures like wood louses to be living there. (I've noticed a couple of these creatures in our bathroom.)
- We've got shampoo and shower gel only at the arrival day. The next two days nobody renewed our shampoo supplies.
I hope, that will help you to make a decision on where to live in St. Petersburg.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Rachmaninov Hotel St Petersburg
- Rachmaninov St Petersburg