Hotels in St Petersburg - Lodging Guides
Given St Petersburg’s billing a ‘Russia’s cultural capital’ it’s hardly surprising that the city boasts an impressive range of hotel accommodation. Whether you’re looking for a baroque palace that’s’ fit for a Tsar or want to sample city-life staying in a local’s home; there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets:
St Petersburg knows a thing or two about luxury, and accommodation doesn’t get much finer than the landmark Astoria Hotel. Situated opposite St Issac’s Cathedral, the Astoria is an exquisite lesson in art nouveau architecture that comes with a fairly hefty price tag. However, if you just want a glimpse of how the other half live, you can take afternoon tea for a much more modest sum. Competition comes from The Grand Hotel Europe (often lauded as ‘the best hotel in town’) which marries 19th century architectural finesse with modern creature comforts. As far as location is concerned it’s difficult to beat the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel on Nevsky Prospect, which opened for business as recently as 2001. Once inside the hotel caters for guests’ every conceivable whim and some that even the most pampered individuals haven’t yet thought of.
St Petersburg has a good selection of comfortable mid-range hotels; it’s just a question of knowing where to look. Standards vary enormously so it’s important to have a good look around before making any commitments. The Hotel Turgenev is situated in the heart of the city and is a perennial favourite with guidebook writers. However, as the hotel has just four rooms advanced booking is essential. Most of St Petersburg’s best mid-range hotels are located slightly out of the city centre, including The St Petersburg Hotel (which enjoys great views of the River Neva) and the amicable Okhtinskaya Hotel (again on the ‘wrong side’ of the river).
Budget beds tend to fill up quickly in St Petersburg, so it’s a good idea to book something before leaving the UK. St Petersburg has several agencies who can arrange for you to stay in someone’s home for a fraction of the cost of a hotel room. Alternatively there are a number of decent hostels with dormitory beds, the best of which is arguably the 55 bed St Petersburg International Hostel (near Ploshchad Vosstanya Metro). If that’s full try the Summer Hostel, which boasts the city’s cheapest beds.
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