Our room, the "standard double," was of generous size, with two big windows letting in lots of light, and unobstructed view, yet completely private. A great feature is the small, about 2 x 2 meters, entrance, separated from the main room by a closeable door. It can serve as a dressing room, and as a place to sit and read comfortably when your spouse is sleeping, making the whole a sort of mini-suite. The furniture in the room is tasteful. Two single beds, chastely placed at opposite corners of the room; two big armchairs, nicely upholstered but badly in need of re-stuffing, etc. The woodwork on floor, furniture, doors, is especially attractive. (The hinges require a drop of oil.)
I would give the place five points "Excellent", if not for the following two flaws.
1. Mosquitoes. On a moderately cool summer night we left the windows open for a while, with the disastrous result of mosquitoes buzzing and biting most of the night. Then we closed the windows, and the room was unbearably hot. Now, of course I do not expect Hotel Vesta to solve Brest's mosquito problem on its own. Neither do I expect them to air-condition the entire building. But there are relatively inexpensive, low-tech solutions. First of all -- screens. Screening one of the two windows would suffice. A fan could help relieve the heat.
2. When we arrived, the clerk at the desk, a nice well-meaning woman spoke no English at all. Fortunately our guide stayed through the registration process and translated. I do not know how we would have managed had we arrived a the hotel without the guide. (When we checked out the desk was manned by a different woman, who had sufficient English.)
For the dati traveler: About a 10-15 minute walk to the center, where the Jewish institution, such as it is, is located. Keys -- standard, not electronic.
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