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“a gem in the north”
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Hotel Karelia
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Petrozavodsk
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Napoleon, Ohio
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“a gem in the north”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

Stayed at Hotel Karelia for 5 days in March/April 2013 while working with colleagues at the Russian Academy of Sciences. This is not tourist season in Petrozavodsk, so occupancy rates seemed a bit on the low side.

The hotel arranged our visa invitations. The process was efficient and without charge.

We arrived on the late night train from Saint-Petersburg where we were met by a colleague and transported to the hotel. Check-in was efficient and we were given rooms on the 4th floor with a view over (frozen) Lake Onega.

Rooms were well maintained and comfortable. It appears that each room has a small balcony. Complimentary WiFi included in the rate as was breakfast which was extraordinary. Very large selection of Russian, Karelian and western foods, both hot and cold. The "chef's special salted trout" was a highlight.

We visited the hotel restaurant only once, although sat in the bar area and had soup and drinks. A little expensive but nice.

Unfortunately, we were unable to experience the fitness center/spa. We inquired early in the week but found out it was complimentary only between 7-9 AM. Not a problem - on our return to SpB, one of our Russian colleagues accompanied us to a "real" banya - a real "no holds barred" place and definitely not a spa - perhaps the subject of a separate review.

In all, I was very satisfied with Hotel Karelia and will certainly stay again when next in Petrozavodsk.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Monaco-Ville, Monaco
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Didn't expect much of a hotel in a remote place like Petrozavodsk - even if capital of Karelia Republic - but was positively surprised. The highlight of the hotel is the cuisine. A sophisticated dietary menu similar to wellness hotels in the Bretagne, for example. Not cheap, as nothing is cheap in Russia, but better than in Moscow and definitely worth the money. Room prices start at ca. € 120 for a double. The receptionist lady was friendly and spoke English.The location at the Onega lake and the views are excellent too. Only the interior design could do with a nice upgrading.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed September 29, 2011

I initially booked the Kalevala hotel out of town, which is similarly priced, but utterly dreadful and to be avoided at all costs. So after a very uncomfortable night I moved to the Karelia, which is in town, but actually far quieter and with infinitely better views over Lake Onega. It's ideally located a short walk from the dock with boats to Kizhi (a must-see) and a short walk from the town centre. The rooms are small but clean and modern. My bed was a bit on the small side. The restaurant serves good food, but over-priced. Beer is ludicrously over-priced by Russian standards (about 10 euros a pint, when you can get the same thing for 2 euros down the road). Waiting staff are polite and efficient. Breakfast is ample, easily worthy of a four-star. There's a tour office downstairs where you can book all your trips. Wi-fi is not free, but the charge is modest if you pay for a week of unlimited, and the connection is good and reliable. The view over the lake, especially at sunrise and sunset, is breathtaking. All in all I very much enjoyed my stay, but I felt 100 euros/night for a single (as of August 2011) was excessive. Hotels of this standard would tend to cost about 30% less in most provincial Russian cities.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view over the lake - it's the hotel's biggest selling-point. And the h...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

We went to visit Karelia in the Northern part of Russia two weeks ago. We wanted to visit Kizhi island and the beautiful ancient wooden churches. So we took a train to Petrozavodsk where we had booked our weekend stay at Karelia hotel. It is a great hotel with rooms with a view on the lake. The also offer a free massage at their spa center. Other convenience is that they have their own travel agency where you can book guides and tours. We booked a tour to Kizhi by Hydrofoil and decided not take the guide. The hydrofoil is only 5-10 minutes by foot from the hotel and easy to find. With it you are on Kizhi in 1:20 hrs.

Room Tip: Use the hotel travel agency to book a boat to Kizhi. You won't regret it!
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed July 11, 2011

Stayed at the hotel on a business trip to Petrozavodsk.

The hotel is located near the center next to Lake Onega, not very far from the railway station.
Rooms with a good repair, the restaurant fed delicious.
Nice view from the upper floors.
The hotel has a spa center, at the reception desk you can book tours (although only in summer).

In general a good hotel for reasonable price

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed October 1, 2009

The Hotel Karelia is your best bet in Petrozavodsk. It occupies a lovely location on the banks of Lake Onega and if you're given a room with a lake view, you'll have a little shared balcony looking out into the lake. The location is somewhat less than central, although Petrozavodsk is nice an compact and you can walk to many locations in downtown in less than 30 minutes. The rooms are clean and well furnished, with light wood and modern fixtures. Its not a luxury hotel, but it is hardly soviet is style or service either. The location is especially wonderful for a trip to Kizhi island, as the boat station is only about a 10 minute walk from the hotel along the lake.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled on business
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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed June 22, 2008

We stayed in the hotel for two nights during our trip across the North of Russia
Only best memories after the stay - friendly stuff, big room, good parking at reasonable price, good room service.
And, finally - nice, really nice restaurant (one of the best I ever seen in Russia). Stylish menu - with citations from Kalevala epos (see photo), great chef. Try the duck - you will never forget :)

  • Stayed July 2006
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Property: Hotel Karelia
Address: Emb. Gyullinga, 2 | near Onego Lake, Petrozavodsk 185005, Russia
Location: Russia > Northwestern District > Republic of Karelia > Petrozavodsk
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Petrozavodsk
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Number of rooms: 138
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