When looking for a hotel in St. Petersburg, I struggled to find something that was reasonably new and nice, in a location close to the city center and affordable. I think I found a pretty good combination of these criteria at this hotel. Some Russian colleagues recommended a hotel near the airport that was a little cheaper (Park Inn I think), but given taffic to/from our meetings, being that far away from the center would be too far. We can walk from this hotel to the metro near the technology institute in about 5 minutes and it looks like the Hermitage area is only another 10 or 15 minute walk. Our Russian partner suggested the Grand Hotel Europe, The Rennaisance and a few others, but these were well over $500/night. I have a single room which is kind of small, but the bed is comfortable, I have a nice view over a park, and the internet connection is very good. The shower is one of those with the clamshell doors and the bathroom floor is the same as the shower floor so water kind of leaks out when you shower. It's hard to describe, but it isn't a big deal. There is a good sized safe in the room where I can keep my laptop and SLR camera as well as an LCD TV. I suppose my only complaint is that there are a few tour busses staying here so the elevators are slow and full in the morning, but I suppose everywhere in St. Petersburg is this way during the summer. Overall, it's a good choice for business. It's not right in the middle of the tourist stuff, but it's pretty close. I'd stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden is the only hotel in St. Petersburg located in the historical center and yet having such an easy transport access to the airport, Expoforum and Moskovsky railway station. The hotel is a perfect destination for a 'Cosy living, Smart working' surrounded by a green park for energizing walks and morning runs. A 'Mezanine' floor with 14 multi-functional meeting rooms makes our hotel the business place to be. In contrast to modern and up-to-date conference floor, one can enjoy a cosy atmosphere in Fransmanni restaurant, where the warmth of the fireplace will make you go straight from working condition to the weekend mood. 348 rooms at Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden are a great mix of coziness and functionality decorated with natural materials and textiles. Sports translations, high quality beer and tasty burgers will make an ideal end of the day with your friends or colleagues in 'Sports' Bar 84'. ... more less
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