The Hotel location is good as it is only a 5-10 minute walk from Nevsky Prospect and we walked to the Marinsky Theatre from the Hotel where we saw a ballet that was in our opinion a better performance by far than the ballet that we saw at the Bolshoi in Moscow and the tickets were hundreds of dollars cheaper at the Marinsky than they were at the Bolshoi (70 dollars as opposed to about 350 dollars each at the Bolshoi).
The basic rooms are small and the décor is old. The Hotel itself and its basic rooms are not up market at all. I think that there are some larger better rooms but we only paid for a basic room which was still quite expensive. The shower water pressure was very strong and was one of the best showers I have encountered in a long line of hotels.
Some people would find the bed a bit uncomfortable but it was not a problem for us. WIFI in the room worked well most of the time.
The breakfast is a bit basic but there is enough to get a start to the day on. The room/hotel was quiet, i.e. no traffic noise in rooms that look into the courtyard which was where ours was located.
The main issue for us was that during summer when daylight stays well into the early hours of the morning, the blinds in our room were all broken and the curtains were only lace and you could not get the room dark enough to easily fall asleep. The Hotel really, really needs to get new curtains or blinds as a matter or urgency.
All staff including breakfast staff were nice, well groomed, pleasant, and helpful and they spoke English and passed on any messages that were left at the desk for us. The breakfast staff were vigilant with refilling items at breakfast and were constantly making sure there was enough food for the number of people eating breakfast.
As with all Hotels you weigh up what you get for the price. I thought it was a little pricey for the standard we got but at the time I had difficulty finding another hotel in that location that was much cheaper so that’s why I went with it and it turned out to be fine for us but I could see how some people would be disappointed. Value for money accommodation is getting difficult to find and we were told that Hotels are expensive in Moscow and St Petersburg but we find that hotels are expensive almost everywhere unless you jump on a good deal somehow.
My advice would be not to book if you will be spending a lot of time in the hotel as its basic and not luxury by anyone’s standards but if you are out all day as we were then it was OK for a 4 day stay.
- Also Known As:
- Herzen Hotel St Petersburg
- Herzen St Petersburg
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the very heart of Saint-Petersburg, within 5-minute walk from city's major attractions, such as the The Palace Square, St. Isaac's Cathedral, The Admirality, The State Hermitage Museum. The Hotel provides cosy interiors, convenient position and friendly English-speaking staff who would be delighted to welcome tourists and business travelers to the city of St. Petersburg. All rooms are designed in calm pastel colors, have comfortable furniture, satellite TV, telephone, air-conditioner, shower, hairdryer, complimentary Internet access.Voltage:220V. ... more less
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