Top 10 most unusual hotels in St. Petersburg

http://www.wstpetersburg.com/
RBTH has chosen the ten most unusual hotels in the Northern Capital, suitable for any taste and budget.

St. Petersburg may appear different. For some it appears with narrow streets and courtyards, with the wells that Dostoevsky wrote about, for others - as palaces, parks and the magnificent Peterhof. For the third group it’s a labyrinth of endless streets with bars, clubs and dance floors. In any case, for all tourists St. Petersburg begins with a basic place where you can relax after a strenuous day.

 

W-hotel 4,4 - 5*

http://www.wstpetersburg.com/

Price : from 300 € to 500 €

Facilities : 24-hour front desk, express check in/ check out, luggage storage room, room service, conference facilities, banqueting hall, business centre, babysitting and child-care services, laundry, dry cleaning, ironing service, currency exchange, shoe shine service, packed lunches, car hire, fax and photocopying service, ticket sales service, ATM on site, concierge service, terrace, bar, restaurant

Location : The hotel is located in the heart of St. Petersburg, a 3-minute walk from St. Isaac's Cathedral, a 7-minute walk from Palace Square and the Hermitage.

Cons : Wi-Fi in the rooms is charged (€ 10 per day), which is not typical for the Russian hotel, but in the bar on the ground floor the Internet access is complimentary.

W-hotel has been recognized by fashionable Russian magazine billboard Afisha as the best hotel in Russia in 2011. The restaurant in the W-hotel was set up under the supervision of Alain Ducasse, the world record holder for the number of Michelin stars. Ducasse's restaurant is with an open kitchen and offers an impressive wine cellar. The hotel has 137 rooms, made in the style of the famous Faberge and supplemented with the furniture B&B Italia.

 

The Karamazov Brothers 4*

http://karamazovhotel.com/

Price : from 120 € to 160 €

Facilities : The restaurant of "The Karamazov Brothers " is open from 7:30 am to midnight, long distance and international phone calls, free (and fast) Wi-Fi, fax, copier, ordering and delivery of airplane and railway tickets, safe deposit boxes, security parking, visa support for foreigners, organizing tours around the Northern Capital and its suburbs, as well as translation services

Location : In the historic centre of St. Petersburg, a 20-minute walk from Nevsky Prospekt, in the vicinity of the Church of the Icon of the Vladimir’s Mother of God and the museum-apartment of Dostoevsky, in which the great Russian writer wrote his last novel "The Karamazov Brothers"

Cons : The hotel has poor sound isolation; therefore, sometimes at night the hotel is quite noisy. The standard rooms offer no slippers or bathrobes

The interiors of this small hotel recreate the atmosphere of St. Petersburg from the second half of the 19th century with 28 comfortable single and double rooms that are fitted out with antique furniture and equipped with air conditioning and modern amenities including satellite TV and a mini-bar. Each room is named after a female character featured in Dostoevsky’s novels: "Grushenka" and "Katerina" from the novel "The Karamazov Brothers". "Nastasia" and "Aglaia" from "The Idiot". Breakfast is included in the room rate.

 

Alexander House 4*

http://a-house.ru/en/

Price : from 150 € to 200 €

Facilities : restaurant, 24-hour bar, breakfast in the room, 24-hour front desk, express check in / check out, luggage storage room, room service, shuttle service to and from the airport, nanny and child care services for children, laundry, dry-cleaning service, ironing service, honeymoon suite, tour office, ticket sales service, free Wi-Fi, garden, terrace, patio

Location : the hotel is located in the historic centre of Saint-Petersburg, near the Mariinsky Theatre and New Holland. You can also easily walk to St Nicholas and St Isaac's cathedral.

Cons : When using hot water in the shower, you need a few minutes to drain the cold water out of pipes

A wealthy merchant family built the hotel in 1896 and in the early twentieth century it housed communal apartments. The hotel appeared here in 2003, and now belongs to the association of the best small-sized hotels in the world. Alexander House offers 19 uniquely designed rooms, each of which is inspired by cities from around the world - Stockholm, Venice, Cologne, Amsterdam and Venice. The hotel also has two guest halls with a fireplace, library and in the courtyard there is a summer terrace.

 

Red Stars 4*

http://red-stars-hotel.com/hotel/

Price : from 100 € to 150 €

Facilities : restaurant, bar, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage room, room service, conference facilities, banqueting hall, business centre, laundry, dry cleaning, ironing service, honeymoon suite, packaged lunches, tour office, fax / photocopying, ticket service, concierge service, shuttle service (for a surcharge), shuttle bus service to / from the airport (for a surcharge), free Wi-Fi and parking

Location : The nearest bus stop is located at the intersection of Decembrists St. and English Avenue, just 200 meters from the Red Stars hotel. By public transport it is a 15 minutes’ drive to Nevsky Prospekt and to the famous Hermitage Museum

Cons : The hotel is away from the central tourist sites

All the 54 modern air-conditioned rooms offer views of the river, city or courtyard. Each of the four floors of the Red Star hotel represents one of the four metropolises of the world in the style of graffiti: Tokyo, New York, Rio de Janeiro and London. The infrastructure of the area is well developed and in the immediate vicinity shops, grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and beauty salons are open around the clock.

 

Radisson Sonya 4*

http://www.radisson.ru/en/sonyahotel-stpetersburg

Price : from 150 € to 340 €

Facilities : 24-hour front desk, room for a luggage storage, room service, conference facilities, banqueting hall, laundry, dry cleaning, VIP services, ironing service, honeymoon suite, shoe shine service, packed lunches, car hire, fax/ photocopying, ticket office, ATM on site, concierge service, free Wi-Fi

Location : The hotel is located on the Liteinyi Avenue, a 25-minute walk from the Hermitage and the Russian Museum

Cons : while booking a standard room breakfast is not included in the price. If you pay for breakfast after checking into the hotel the cost is doubled compared with the cost at the time of original booking

The conceptual design of the hotel Radisson of the Swedish network is based on the creation of the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky. You can read excerpts from the novel "Crime and Punishment" on the carpets, each room has hanging signs with quotes from the novels in all languages of the world. The river Neva is located just 600 meters from the hotel. During the summer season the 24-hour front desk staff can assist guests with boat trip bookings.

 

Rossi Hotel 4*

http://www.rossihotels.com/eng/

Price : from 130 € to 350 €

Facilities : Room service, conference facilities, banqueting hall, shuttle service to / from the airport, business centre, laundry, dry cleaning, ironing service, honeymoon suite, currency exchange, shoe shine service, packed lunches, car hire, fax/photocopying, ticket office, ATM on site, concierge service, bar, restaurant

Location : The boutique-style hotel is set on the banks of the Fontanka River, 400 meters from Nevsky Prospekt metro station "Gostinnyi Dvor" and Ostrovsky Square.

The hotel is located in a former merchant's house; the interiors of which are kept as authentic as possible. 45 individually designed rooms in 8 price categories are furnished in an antique style and equipped with modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The paintings that are on display in the corridors of the hotel are for sale. In Rossi, there is a cozy library with a loft and books in four languages. Complimentary breakfast includes a glass of wine.

 

Rachmaninov 3 *

http://hotelrachmaninov.com/

Price : from 40 € to 670 €

Facilities : Express check-in / out, luggage storage room, room service, conference facilities, banqueting hall, garden, breakfast in the room, shuttle service to / from the airport, honeymoon suite, souvenir shop, tour office, fax / photocopying, services for ticket purchase, free Wi-Fi

Location : Rachmaninov is located on the street of Kazan (Kazanskaya) just a short walk from Nevsky Prospect - the main avenue of St. Petersburg. Close by is the Kazan Cathedral and the Stroganov Palace. The State Hermitage Museum, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Mariinsky Theatre are also very close to the hotel.

Cons : The standard rooms have no hair dryer or mini-bar, the hotel building has no elevator, the hotel itself is located on the 3rd floor

This cozy Antique-style Hotel, which was created during a rebuild and renovation of former apartments for rent, offers 25 rooms in the classic style with antique furnishings from the Silver Age. The lux-suite called "Rachmaninov Suite" is located in the very room in which the famous composer Sergei Rachmaninoff spent his youth. It has retained the restored wallpaper and parquet on which the composer once walked. The layout of the Hotel resembles an Art Gallery, and it is not done by an accident. It hosts regular exhibitions and art exhibitions. In 2008, the fifth anniversary of the hotel was celebrated with an art-performance of 26 eminent St. Petersburg artists. Most of them are well-known members of Sotheby's and Christie's auctions. During the wintertime, there is an open art studio, where guests can paint and draw with pastels, watch rare documentaries and flip through unique albums on painting and photography.

 

Greenwich 3*

http://eng.greenwich-hotel.ru/

Price : from 70 € to 100 €

Facilities : 24-hour front desk, room for a luggage storage, transfer to / from the airport, laundry, ironing service, car rental, ticket office, shuttle service (for a surcharge), mini-golf, bike rental, free Wi-Fi

Location : The hotel is located a 10-minute walk from the metro station "Mayakovsky" and "Ploshad Vosstaniya", from where you can get to any place in St. Petersburg. It is also within walking distance from the Moscow Terminal. Nearby are Anichkov Palace, State Russian Museum, and Kazan Cathedral (The Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ)

For guest’s recreation time, the cozy 9 room hotel offers 19th-century interiors, air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The rooms are decorated with antique elements such as solid wood furniture, curtains in floral design and brass handles.

 

Marshall 3 *

http://www.marshal-hotel.com/

Price : from 70 € to 150 €

Facilities : 24-hour front desk, luggage storage room, room service, conference facilities, banqueting hall, laundry, ironing service, honeymoon suite, souvenir shop, tour office, fax / photocopying, ticket sales office, ATM at the site , free Wi-Fi and parking, sauna

Location : The hotel is located in the city centre, close to the Smolny Cathedral, Tauride Palace and St. Michael's Castle

"Marshal" in situated in a 19th century building (former barracks) in the historic centre of St. Petersburg, 100 meters from the embankment of the Neva River and 200 meters from the Tauride Garden. The spacious hotel houses the Museum of Marshal Mannerheim, after whom it is named. It is interesting for those who want to experience the special atmosphere of St. Petersburg, learn about military history, and visit those facilities where the Tsar’s Horse Guards once lived.

 

The hostel Friends

http://www.en.friendsplace.ru/

Price : From 7€ to 30 €

Facilities : 24-hour front desk, room for a luggage storage, transfer to / from the airport, laundry, ironing service, fax / photocopying, concierge service, shuttle service (for a surcharge), play room, darts, library, cycling sports, bicycle renting, free Wi-Fi and parking

Location : The hostel is located in the heart of St. Petersburg, a few steps away from the Kazan Cathedral and a 10-minute walk from St. Isaac's Cathedral

"Friends" – it is rather a way of life than a place to sleep. Rooms at the Hostel "Friends" are non-smoking and they are not for drinking alcohol here. The guests are provided with towels and bed linen. All rooms are decorated in pastel colours and have unique linoleum floors. The shared bathrooms have separate shower boxes, and there are separate toilets available. Free Internet and computers are available for guests.

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