The real strength of this B&B, as other travellers have noted, is Natalia herself. Natalia is the proprietor and the B&B is also her home, so staying with her is really an authentic experience in the city! She is a wonderful lady, kind, interesting and very attentive of her guests. We stayed during Christmas at the low tourist season, so we were the only guests at this time. This meant that we started our day with a delicious, home-cooked, leisurely breakfast with Natalia each morning (whilst we waited for it to get light - around 10am). Natalia arranged an excellent private guide for us to Pushkin and Pavlovsk (Gennadiy Chentsov), who we also throughly recommend.
Unfortunately I had a bad cold whilst there and Natalia was kind enough to write me a note in Russian to take to the pharmacy for medicines. Despite, this we had a great time and B&B Assembly is an ideal place from which to explore this fascinating city. It is well-located, being within walking distance of the major sights and with plenty of restaurants and cafes just a stones' throw away.
Our room was spacious and warm, with large windows overlooking the street. It was not fancy, but then it doesn't pretend to be. It was however, clean, tidy and comfortable. If you are the kind of person who only enjoys 5 star hotel-style, then this place probably won't quite hit your sweet spot. If however, you are looking for an authentic, home-from-home place to stay with a genuine Russian welcome; then you won't be disappointed here!
We can throughly and whole-heartedly recommend it as THE place to stay whilst in St. Petersburg.
Thanks Natalia for a wonderful stay during Christmas 2013!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfortable, affordable, clean and cozy (only four bedrooms) with homey atmosphere. The B&B is located in the very center of St. Petersburg within walking distance to the main city attractions: Hermitage, Russian Museum, St. Isaac Cathedral, Church Savior-on-Spilled-Blood, Yusupov Palace, Mariinskij Theater, Gostinnij Dvor (shopping), entertainments and more. Friendly owner speaks English. Breakfast and tea-time conversations with the owner and other guests give warm, family like feelings. Breakfast is included in price. ... more less
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