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5th line | Vasilievsky Ostrov, St. Petersburg 199034, Russia
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Ranked #3 of 564 St. Petersburg B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Nyon, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Academy Garden so deserves it's excellent reviews, we stayed for almost two weeks with our family of 4 in the Dutch room in John's guesthouse. From the start, the initial contact with John and his helpful attitude, the attached document to the mail with important and useful addresses in the direct neighborhood and the unreserved availability of John, Dascha... More

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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hotel might not describe it really, its more like staying at a friends posh pad... Large, light & tastefully decorated 19th century rooms (with an eclectic mix of antique & mod styles & art). Large kitchen/eating area for self usage, self service breakfast is always there (so no rushing to make it - which can be tough after long St.Petersburg... More

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Vienna, Austria
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11 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It starts with the reservation: John helped with the visa, the pick up at the airport, ... He is English, communication easy, quick and friendly! The place is perfect. Nice flat, nice rooms, good location - easy access to town and quiet. Don't get scared by the elevator - it looks ... Old ... The apartment does not :-) Rafal... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were a group of 6 staying at John's place on Vasilievsky Island. We found it very comfortable and quiet in a residential area of the city. It provided us with a lovely place to gather around the dining room table. It is central and an easy walk to the Palace Embankment. John is knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. We all... More

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

If tourist/luxury hotels aren’t your thing (or your budget won't stretch that far) and you prefer instead to properly immerse yourself in a place, if you are looking for a quiet, spacious and characterful room in which to rest after pounding the bustling streets of this overwhelmingly beautiful city, then look no further. There are just four, incredibly reasonably priced... More

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Wormer, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

With 9 people we spend 4 days at Johns place, all women, all keen on cosiness, comfort and tidiness, all curious, all loving to sit and chat together at a large table with easy chairs before and after we discovered amazing st Petersburg. From the moment we stepped in we felt at home. We didn't have to bother about doing... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

We had a great stay with John. Like being in a home away from home. Chilled and flexible with all the amenities you'd need and a host willing to help you navigate St P. Close to lots of attractions and easy walking to most. Restaurants close by if you need them and only a short distance to the river with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We did not stay at the Academy Garden on Vassilievski Island but rather at another B & B also owned by John Nicolson. Unfortunately we did not get to meet John, as he was in Croatia, but his correspondence with us prior to our arrival in Russia was impeccable! Meanwhile, his trusty manager, Olga, made our stay very pleasant and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

I stayed at the Academy Garden for a few weeks and loved everything about my stay there. Firstly there is tons of light coming in the rooms which helps in a city like St Petersburg. It was also perfectly located, only a 1 minute walk from the Neva bank, with stunning views of the city. The atmosphere on Vassilievski Island... More

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Venice, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

I was in St. Petersburg from Dec. 5 to 10, my stay at this guesthouse was a wonderful experience: quite, great comfort, inviting kitchen where I could prepare my breakfast and have coffeee and tea at any time, romantic view over the Academy garden, interesting surroundings, round the corner the walk through the bridge over the Neva river from the... More

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Address: 5th line | Vasilievsky Ostrov, St. Petersburg 199034, Russia
Location: Russia > Northwestern District > St. Petersburg
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We are a small guesthouse opposite the garden of the Academy of Arts, in one of St Petersburg’s most central spots. Our street is one of the quietest in the city. Our house stands immediately opposite the garden of the Academy of Arts on Vasilievsky Island. In summer when you look out of our windows, you will see a dense wall of greenery, in winter a delicate tracery of trunks, branches, and colums. We offer some of the most spacious and beautiful accommodation in St Petersburg. ... more   less 
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