This mini-hotel is exactly that: do not expect a grand foyer and 100+ rooms. This place is small, located on the fifth floor of an unassuming building. It has less than 10 rooms. You can easily miss it. But don't -- this place is perfect for anyone looking to spend some time sight-seeing in St Petersburg.
Conveniently located right next to the new Admiralty metro station (on the purple line, 27 rubles to anywhere in the city!), this hotel is right near the beginning of the Nevsky Prospect, and within five minutes walk to the Hermitage. There are trolleybuses passing by every few minutes. As far as transport and convenience goes (getting to the airport, going to all the must-sees in the city), you probably couldn't go better than Acme on Malaya Morskaya.
There is always one person manning the reception, 24 hours a day. Most of the girls there spoke excellent English, others were a little shy, but we heard travellers from other countries speaking broken languages to the staff there, and they all worked it out. The girls made every effort to accommodate our needs.
We stayed in room 2. It was furnished simply. The bathroom was bright and warm. The bed was a little on the hard/too springy side, but you can't help that. It doesn't market itself as a 5-star hotel, and as such, you shouldn't expect a 5-star bed. The only thing I could complain about is the mosquitoes that invaded our room, which we weren't expecting. This is a problem with St Petersburg, though, being built on swampland, so just be sure to bring something to deter the insects if you're going to have your window open.
Water was hot and constant. Breakfast was simple, but free and prompt. Elevator is tiny, only enough for two people, or one person and a suitcase. Some people have complained about it -- but we loved this feature of the building.
Lots of nice cafes and restaurants nearby. If you're using your room as a hub for when you're tired of sight-seeing -- stay here. If you want luxury in a proud and luxurious city -- be prepared to pay extra and stay elsewhere.
We loved Acme on Malaya Morskaya, and will definitely stay there again next time we're in the country.
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