We stayed here for 3 nights, it is an easy 20-30 min walk to the tourist area of the city and the hotel provides a free shuttle bus in the morning and evening which is really handy but a little difficult to find the first time round (directions below). The area is a little run down but we felt safe enough walking around even in the early morning and later in the evening. As it is off the usual tourist route it was nice and quiet in the evenings and seemed more 'russian authentic' which was nice. The staff did not speak much English but were very nice and if you get stuck their sister hotel has English speaking staff you can call. The breakfast was excellent, lots of fruit, veg, cheese, meat, bread and cakes. The restaurant food was good but a little pricey compared to what you pay in the centre. The beer is good! The only down side is that the hotel rooms are not airconditioned and it was hot while we were there, but you can safely open the windows (mosquito mesh and a lock) and they do provide an electric fan. The room and bed were very comfortable and the bathroom was clean and had a good shower.
How to find the shuttle bus - with your back to sennaya plochad metro, cross at the pedestrian crossing towards the K3 bus (this goes to and from the airport and is really cheap!) turn left and walk along the busy road past all the little shop booths, at the end of the booths turn right towards the waterway - you will see yellow K1 buses, cross the little black bridge over the waterway and look for the minibus with 'Amaranta' written on the side which comes every 30 mins on the hour during operating times (check the hotel website).
Note - The city sightseeing tour does not run between 12 and 2 each day, we did not know this and spent an hour waiting before giving up and walking (which was probably more fun anyway!)
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