We purchased a package trip (from Stockholm to St. Petersburg) on the SAS website, but actually it was a Norwegian travel agent that sent us the confirmation. Then when we contacted that travel agent to get the visa support papers, they said to contact the Russian embassy in Stockholm. So we went the the Russian embassy with the printout and everything else we needed - and were told to contact the hotel in St. Petersburg for the visa support papers. "Uh-oh," we thought.
But the Nevsky people surprised us. I emailed them, and within five minutes I had a return email giving me the URL to the website where you can apply for support documents. (http://hon.ru/en/visasupport/) They seemed to know what they were doing, because they also wrote that if you apply from France, you must provide a fax number, because the Russian Consulate in France accepts only a fax copy of the invitation.
I went to their website and filled in the info and paid (1050 rubles per person), and within 10 minutes they had emailed me the visa support documents for all three of us. We took them to the embassy, and everything was in order. EXCELLENT SERVICE! That was worth a lot to us.
And now to the hotel: We stayed on the 7th (top) floor, where we had a nice little room with space for a small bed for our 10-year-old. It worked out great. The carpet looked stained and dirty, but the room itself It was clean enough (we're not terribly picky). The temperature was comfortable and the windows could be opened (though we got frequent wiffs of fried food when we had them open).
We didn't have a lot of contact with the front desk, but they spoke English and were polite. Breakfast was fine. (Personally I didn't care for their version of scrambled eggs, but the oatmeal was great.) Good coffee, too. We had a laptop with us, and the wifi worked fine every time. (There was also a computer in the hall that guests could use.) So no complaints.
And you can't beat the location, namely right off Nevsky Prospect, within walking distance of the Hermitage, Church on Spilled Blood, shopping mall, subway station, etc. Good value for the money, I thought. Would definitely stay there again, and recommend it to my friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This business-class hotel is just a minute's walk from Nevsky Prospect and within minutes of Palace Square, the Hermitage, the Field of Mars and the inspiring Church of the Resurrection on Griboedov Canal. The Nevsky Hotel Grand occupies seven storeys and has a lift that accommodates thirteen. The regular rooms offer a choice of double bed or twin beds. Every room has an individual bathroom with a choice of shower or bath. Also standard is air conditioning, WiFi Internet, phone, television, hair-dryer and room safe. The hotel's five spacious suites come with a queen-size bed, sauna and Jacuzzi. The hotel restaurant, called Cafe Grand, is open from 7 o'clock in the morning till 11 o'clock at night. Meals are professionally prepared and served. We encourage guests to make use of the numerous services the hotel offers, such as visa support, registration for only 200 roubles and a car and driver to and from the airport or railway station. There's laundry and dry cleaning service, a full selection of cars with drivers, experienced interpreters in any language and tickets for plane flights or railway travel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nevsky Grand St Petersburg
- Hotel Nevsky Grand