Stayed here for five nights in November. This was not prime "tourist season", so there didn't appear to be too many guests (which was absolutely fine with me). Check-in/Reception is up the stairs, on the second floor. Stayed in room #101. The room overlooked the street, so there is some noise throughout the day. The rooms are VERY small, but very clean, with just enough room to walk around the bed, and a small cabinet for storage/luggage. Two people might find it claustrophobic, possibly? The bathroom did seem to be sized right (as most European bathrooms that I have experienced are ultra-tiny). This room did have one extra feature, a small walk-out balcony overlooking the street. In the chilly November weather, it was a great place to keep drinks, and groceries chilled (like a free refrigerator!). That being said: restaurants catering to tourists, tend to be expensive in this area,... so a cheaper alternative is the grocery store 2 blocks away, to make your own sandwiches and snacks (upon leaving the hotel entrance, turn right, go about 2 blocks and it is on your right, and down a few steps. You'll save a TON of money , trust me!). The main selling point about this hotel is the LOCATION. You can NOT beat it, for tourist sightseeing. Most of the major sights are just short walks away... which means you can save money on transportation (well... that is... if you enjoy walking, like I do!). If you don't mind the small room size, this is the best place I have stayed in St. Petersburg. I will definitely be staying again, on my next trip.
Oh... one MAJOR "gripe". The front desk "insists" on keeping your passport for Visa/Migration registration. They do need the information from it, but the don't need to keep it. NEVER let anyone make you believe that. ALWAYS keep your original passport in your possession! (Legally... they shouldn't be "holding" it for you.) It's all about money. It's for collateral, so you pay your hotel bill upon leaving. I was sure to pay my bill up front, when checking-in, because I hear that other smaller hotels have the same practice. (This goes for any hotel) Be firm, yet polite, and inform them that they are free to copy (or photocopy) any needed information in your passport... but they have NO legal claim to hold it, for ANY reason. Yup... welcome to Russia. ;)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This business-class hotel is just a minute's walk from Nevsky Prospect and within minutes of Palace Square, the Hermitage, the Field of Mars and the inspiring Church of the Resurrection on Griboedov Canal. The Nevsky Hotel Grand occupies seven storeys and has a lift that accommodates thirteen. The regular rooms offer a choice of double bed or twin beds. Every room has an individual bathroom with a choice of shower or bath. Also standard is air conditioning, WiFi Internet, phone, television, hair-dryer and room safe. The hotel's four spacious suites come with a queen-size bed, sauna, Jacuzzi and pull-out sofa. The hotel restaurant, called Cafe Grand, is open from 7 o'clock in the morning till 11 o'clock at night. Meals are professionally prepared and served. We encourage guests to make use of the numerous services the hotel offers, such as visa support, registration for only 190 roubles and a car and driver to and from the airport or railway station. There's laundry and dry cleaning service, a full selection of cars with drivers, experienced interpreters in any language and tickets for plane flights or railway travel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nevsky Grand St Petersburg
- Hotel Nevsky Grand