The exterior of the building does not provide any indication of the sumptuous interior that you'll find inside. While many hotels are going with sleek, minimalist design, the Happy Pushkin has gone in the opposite direction. The use of velvet upholstery, crystal chandeliers, flocked wallpaper and an abundance of red paint recalls an era that is echoed on the streets of St. Petersburg.
The room reflected the aforementioned decor but the bathroom was very modern and sleek. Talk about contrasts. The bathroom had a deep bathtub. Typical bathroom toiletries were provided (shower cap, shampoo and conditioner, etc.) as were bath robes. They also provide a clothesline in the tub area for those who want to dry their handwashed items.
Breakfast buffet was very good. Bliny, sausages, hard boiled eggs, cheese, fruit, etc.
My only gripe was with the location of my room. As mentioned by another reviewer, there is a creepy hallway that is located on the 4th floor. It is painted in red but is pitch black when the hallway lights are not turned on. There is no switch to turn on the hallway light but you have to walk about halfway down the hall before the sensor kicks the light on. That sensor should be at the start of the hallway to light the guest's way. In the US, no insurance company would allow that hallway to be that dark for fear of a guest tripping in the dark. All of the other hallways were brightly lit. Not sure why they went cheap with that hallway. Very strange.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the historical centre of St Petersburg, near Saint Isaac’s Cathedral and Mariinsky Theatre,“Happy Pushkin” boutique hotel is elegant hotel within walking distance of the Hermitage.“Happy Pushkin” boutique hotel combines modern comfort and atmosphere of the Pushkin epoch. Historical value draws attention: high ceilings, moldings, ornamental tiles and antique furnitureAll rooms are equipped with TV set, Wi-Fi, mini-bar, modern bathroom equipment, telephone, safe,hair dryer, towels, slippers and bathrobes. Breakfast is included and served in the comfortable hotel’s café.Many shops, restaurants and bars are within walking distance of Happy Pushkin. Palace Square is just 1.8 km away. Free parking is available near the hotel. ... more less
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