We just returned from St. Petersburg where we stayed at the Nevsky Forum Hotel. I am glad we read the TripAdvisor reviews and went with this hotel. From the moment we arrived to when we left we were treated so warmly that it started our trip to St. Petersburg on such positive note that St. Petersburg is now one of our favorite cities in Europe.
Svetlana and Masha at the front desk warmly greeted us when we checked in and remembered it was our 15th wedding anniversary. Whoever hires staff at the Nevsky Forum knows their job because Svetlana and Masha were some of the best hotel staff we have ever met – anywhere. Their English was fantastic and they were extremely helpful in telling us about the city and arranging things to do. They also seemed genuinely happy to see us and have us experience their city. The concierge also arranged ballet tickets for us at a modern ballet show. If you will be in St. Petersburg this fall we highly recommend seeing Rodin at the Alexandrinsky theater.
Alexander the doorman / security guard / bellhop, who did not speak English – although taught me some Russian words - was warm and friendly and kept the trip going on a strong note.
The rooms are simple and clean with that 1960s – 70s architecture – so you’re not going to get 18th century opulence or ultra-modern and simplistic. What was the most important to us was location and clean and we got both. We did not have any sound issues. You're in the center of the city on a major street so it was not "in the country" quiet either but same, if not quieter, than the sound levels we experience living in downtown Chicago.
We do recommend a guide for touring the city as they can get you in the Hermitage a lot faster and, for our trip to Peterhof, was able to get us a semi-private tour. If you need that person’s email, please contact me.
On a final note, I highly recommend taking the time to learn the Russian alphabet before going to Russia as many of the words are phonetic and the English equivalents are easily recognized. Even after a day we were able to read “Café”, “Market”, and most importantly, the street signs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel has central location that is hard to beat. Placed on the city's main street the hotel is surrounded by major attractions, shops, restaurants. The metro is just round the corner and Moscow railway station is in 10 min. walk. Inside the hotel you find original and cozy interiors, comfortable rooms that meet the standards of the most exigent travelers. Complimentary Wi-Fi and parking, own restaurant can be also convenient options for the rest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Nevsky Forum
- Nevsky Forum St Petersburg