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“A taste of Soviet-style hospitality”
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Druzhba
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Vyborg
Reviewed 6 April 2011

It appears that this hotel has not been renovated since the collapse of the Soviet Union....the reception area has dark wood pannelling and heavy curtains and the rooms are "functional" (small room, little storage space and small bed). The room was clean and everything was in good working order. The small TV had around 8-10 channels, including BBC News. There is no Internet in guest rooms.

When I arrived there was a lot of noise from the nearby railway line but I didn't notice it during the night.

The breakfast was adequate.

I would not rush back but it was perfectly OK.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 6 August 2010

In Russia, the prices of the hotel rooms are surprisingly high comparing to the quality of the rooms. The quality of the rooms are not often at the same level we have got used to have in Europe and many other countries. There are also some new hotels in Vyborg, and I should try them next time I visit in the city. No I didn't have any possibilities because the other hotels were fully booked.

My room at Hotel Druzhba was spacious. There were space for three persons. The decoration was like going back to 1980’s. Room was really worn out. Carpet was dirty and also the ceiling. No air condition available and only tv channels were Russians. The bathroom was clean and it was renovated. Hotel was safe and the personnel were really friendly. I didn’t eat at the restaurants but the menus looked delicious and not seemed to be so expensive at all. At the hotel, there were free Internet at the lobby but the connection worked also in my room (number 2024). The breakfast buffet was ok. The location of the hotel was ok.

There are safe parking area in the front of the hotel. And it’s not expensive. The price for 24 hours was about 130 RUB.

Safe place to overnight - I could stay there again.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled solo
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3  Thank FinlandFinn
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Reviewed 29 July 2010

Stayed there once during business trip. This hotel located on the shore of Salakkalahti gulf, in a relatively quiet place. Location is convenient for those who would like to live near bus & rail stations, but main city centre is bit away and can be reached in 10 minutes walk. There is a pub and restaurant in the hotel.
There are no singles in this hotel. Concerning doubles and twins some rooms are spacious while some are not. When I initially arrived, I'd been given twin bed room, but soon I felt that it was too cold there and asked for another room. I was moved to more spacious double room where heating was OK.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled on business
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4  Thank heavyrail
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Reviewed 1 September 2008

We arrived at Vyborg on board of MS Karelia from the lovely lakeside city of Lappeenranta / Finland through the industrially important Saimaa Canal and its beautiful surrounding scenery, as part of a touristic cruise package

The hotel’s interior and exterior was completely designed by Finnish architects and it seems that they even had the choice, where to put the building. A matter of “friendship”, as the name of the hotel tells. So they selected a place with a 270 degree view over the river and the town’s skyline in a riverside park and still at a distance of only 300 m from the important railway station.

Other buildings of Finnish influenced architecture are the library in Central Park designed by Alvar Aalto and some Art Nouveau bank building on Lenin street. Since the time zone of this town differs to that of Finland by one hours we enjoyed an even longer occasion for evening sightseeing.

The reception is professional, but do not expect a smile, they are still not trained to that kind of customer orientation. The doorman however was very friendly and carefully stored our luggage. We can recommend room # 333 in the riverside corner of the building, we liked the decoration, the bathroom was ok, the bed linen clean. The carpet however obviously stemmed from foundation time of this enterprise around 1986 and screamed for change. For local standard however accomodation would deserve an "above average".

The in-house Bankomat cash dispenser is quite useful if you need to change money. Service in the restaurant and coffee shop was efficient, you just need however to adjust yourself to the taste of some dishes. Coke of course is ok, apple cake was nice, coffee somewhat weak. Hot buffet breakfast offered a good selection, but with mixed quality and taste.

For dinner we recommend Siesta Restaurant (Italian and Russian style) and some downtown cellar restaurants close to the castle bridge. Vyborg is a charming place worth visiting, but in urgent need of refurbishing. Do not expect too much knowledge of English, if you are unable to speak or read Russian, the default language is Finnish ……

  • Stayed: August 2008
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3  Thank freekicker
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Reviewed 20 August 2008

Druzhba is one of the best hotels in Vyborg. It is old Soviet building with old furniture even in luxury rooms which are quite small btw.

The staff is ok, but they were not able to give us a room with one bad despite the fact I asked for it two weeks prior the arrival.

This hotel is located near the Central Railway Station. The town itself is not big at all, so you may reach whatever you want by feet or by taxi (a couple of minutes).

There is a nightclub in the hotel called Dandy. I know that Finns like it very much!

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank from_moscow
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Reviewed 9 March 2007

This hotel could use a little bit of updates for the price that it costs, but it's decent accommodation in a really interesting town. the rooms are a little on the shabby side, but the staff was great and in the winter it was just a quick walk across the frozen river to the heart of the city.

Stayed: February 2007
3  Thank smithjen78
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Druzhba

Address: Zheleznodorozhnaya st., 5, Vyborg 188800, Russia
Region: Russia > Northwestern District > Leningrad Oblast > Vyborgsky District > Vyborg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Vyborg
Price Range: £27 - £74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Druzhba 3*
Number of rooms: 102
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