This is a really good value hotel, centrally located in St Petersburg. It is only a few hundred metres over to the Peter & Paul Fortress, which has lovely views over to the Winter Palace and St Isaacs. It takes about 15-20 minutes to walk over to the Winter Palace but it's a very nice stroll across a couple of bridges, with lovely views.
The hotel service is very good (by Russian standards!!) and they answered every email query promptly and helped with visa support service without any trouble. The rooms are perfectly adequate, not overly spacious but a decent size and whilst some of the furniture is a little dated, everything is very clean. There is a flat screen TV too, so there are a few relatively modern touches. The staff at reception were extremely helpful and really did there best, though on occasion they could seem abrupt - this is very normal though and more cultural. The rest of the hotel is fine, but we didn't spend much time there. The breakfast room is quite small and breakfast is average. Overall I think the major plus is the excellent location, service and good clean rooms at a fair price. I couldn't find a better option at this price range despite fairly extensive research. I was also very happy with the stay and would highly recommend the place.
We also went over to the W Hotel and had drinks on the rooftop. You can almost reach out and touch the dome of St Isaacs - so it's a nice place to relax. Not ridiculously priced either as some hip and trendy Russian bars can be. Our favourite restaurant was Gosti which isn't far from St Isaac's. Lovely food, totally unpretentious and for the summer it has very nice seating by the street surrounded by plants. Highly recommended. We also tried Gogol but weren't that impressed. There are also a couple of nice bars with outside seating just around the corner from the Church of Spilled Blood (toward the Winter Palace) - good wine by the glass and nice food.
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- Tradition Hotel, located in the very heart of the city, offers you a great experience of accommodation with a unique location, traditional interiors and modern equipment. It is surrounded by some of the world's greatest tourist attractions, including the Peter and Paul Fortress, Palace Bridge, the State Hermitage. All our 16 rooms are delicately decorated and non-smoking, equipped with electronic key system, individual climate control, LCD TV, safe and free tea station. ... more less
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