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“Great, clean simple hostel”
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Hostel Life
Reviewed June 14, 2013

Hostel life has everything you need for a great stay in St. Petersburg. Excellent location, large bathroom with large showers, very friendly staff, and central location. Make sure you contact them if you are arriving at Pulkovo airport, they offer pick up from the airport for a third of the cost of the scam artist taxi drivers at the airport. Large kitchen, tours of St. Petersburg, and computers also are available at the hostel. Look no further.

Room Tip: If your room is on Nevetsky Prospekt, wear ear plugs!
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

Excellent facilities, Clean and quiet. Superb location overlooking Nevsky Prospekt. Really helpful staff. Fantastic value for money.The hostel is opposite to the Radisson and a fraction of the price. I would definitely stay here again.Brilliant location.

Room Tip: The 4 bed rooms are good value; enough privacy without overcrowding.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank Trav10176
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

Definitely the best hostel I stayed in. I wasn't expecting it to be in Russia!

Everything is super clean and modern from top to bottom (the hostel opened in 2010): in the common rooms new and colorful furniture, renovated floor and walls, fully equiped kitchen, tv, 4 computers and wifi; in the rooms new bed, lockers; clean towels and bel linens are provided which is always great. The bathrooms are huge and you never queue up to take a shower which is a blast (and they have hair-dryer!)

Perfectly located, 10 meters from the Nevsky (but suprisingly really quiet), and for the price and the facilities you just cannot get better in Petersburg (most big old hotels you can find at this central location are much less appealing); you won't need to take the subway to visit the Spilled blood cathedral of the Hermitage which is heaven of course. No need to worry about getting home at night, you just follow the central avenue. (and the hostel is safe, the entrance being controlled by a security camera). If you want to take the subway to go beyond the city center though, it's only a few minutes walk (station on Nevsky)

Since I already knew the city, I didn't interract much with the staff so I cannot tell about it (but remember you are in Russia so please stop having high-expectative and complain about their supposedly coldness...) But one time I just asked if they could suggest good places to eat and were really nice explaining everything!

Be prepared to take your shoes off within the hostel! Great initiative by the way, both in terms of noise and cleanness (especially cleanness!)

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

Hostel with very good facilities right in the center of Saint Petersburg. I stayed 4 nights in a single room with shared bathroom. Staff in comparison to other countries rather sour, starting with not excepting my YH-card when I payed, then taking almost 3 days for my registration to be processed, telling me I don't need an immigration card when arriving by train, which was absolutely not true. I just wasn't aware that my Belarus immigration card was also valid for Russia. Thank God I didn't chuck it away but kept it as a souvenir, so I didn't run into problems leaving the country from Ulan-Ude. Then one night there were heavy rains and the next morning the showers/toilets didn't function. The staff obviously didn't care at all about the needs of their guests who complained about this (and the staff were mostly female students in their early twenties who spoke good English!), and indeed reacted totally indifferent, almost rude.
Breakfast was basic and on that morning without tea or coffee since the water didn't run. And the state of the toilets towards midday on that morning was disgusting and again nobody cared.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

Booked out a 4 bed dorm travelling with friends, rooms were large enough, BEAUTIFUL views of St Petersburg outside our big windows. Beds were comfortable and lockers were provided in the room aswell as coat hangers on a coat rack.

Heating was good as it was cold in April, bathrooms were large with lots of showers, toilets and hand basins, as well as washing machine and dryer. Hostel provides storage lockers for shoes at reception, as you have to wear slippers around the hostel (provided for a small fee). I think wearing slippers is a great idea, bit of a nuisance at first, but you can really see how clean the hostel is by not having muddy shoe tracks everywhere!

About a 15 minute walk to The Church of the Spilled Blood, in which there is a nice little market behind where you can buy your matryoshka dolls and fur hats! Its on a few more minutes walk to The Hermitage from there.

Surrounded by shops, restaurants and secure ATMs, I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

I've decided to stay in "Hostel Life" on the recommendation of a friend and I am not disappointed at the end, I should add that it was the first hostel experience in my life and I was expecting something worse.
Well and simply furnished, clean and modern looking hostel, receptionists are kind and helpfull. During my stay I've used the kitchen very actively, its possible to find any necessary equipment for cooking, everything looks new. There are 4 computers and a TV in the living room. There is also a washing machine in the bathroom, bathroom was clean all the time.
I've spent 9 days in the 4 bed room. I think the size of the room is a bit small for 4 people. Within 9 days I've experienced problem with hot water 2 times, but it didnt last too long.
I'll surely recommend this hostel to my friends without any hesitation.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

I stayed at hostel life for 4 nights. It was easy to find and the hostel is close to main street where many tourist sites are located nearby. The hostel is also close to cafes, restaurants, bars, and small supermarket. It was very convenient to go everywhere. Staffs were very helpful and they were well organized. The facilities like bathrooms and kitchen are well-equipped. The female dorm room is great. The bed is clean and lockable. The security is very good here. So, clean and nice hostel though.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Hostel Life

Address: Nevskiy Ave., 47, St. Petersburg 191025, Russia
Location: Russia > Northwestern District > St. Petersburg > Nevskiy , Vladimir
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #190 of 1,745 Specialty Lodging in St. Petersburg
Price Range: $10 - $60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostel Life 2*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
HOSTEL LIFE is a new cheap youth backpackers hostel in Saint-Petersburg. The hotel is located in the centre of the city at Nevsky prospect. We are glad to offer our dear guests comfortable accommodation at a reasonable price in our hostel in Petersburg.HOSTEL LIFE is designed for up-to-date people who care both about saving their money and living at the main street of the city.Having checked in our hostel in Saint Petersburg you will find yourself in the heart of the city and next to all famous palaces, parks, theatres, museums, art galleries, monuments, rivers, canals and drawbridges.All the nearby entertaining and transport infrastructure such as hundreds of fashionable boutiques and shops, bars with partying youth, restaurants, cinemas, concert halls, subway and railway stations will make your stay in Hostel life an unforgettable experience.HOSTEL LIFE is a cheap backpackers hostel of a new era. While designing and constructing it we used all modern hotel business technologies and materials of high quality. That’s why we guarantee our guests high standards of safety and security with European level of comfort. There are 22 rooms in HOSTEL LIFE. 68 guests can comfortably stay here. While decorating the rooms we used carpeting, ecologically safe paints and modern technologies.We took into account everything you could need here. There are comfortable rooms, a big living room with soft furniture, kitchen, internet zone with 4 computers, 24-hour reception service, and bathrooms with necessary equipment, washing machine, dishwasher, personal lockers, luggage room, safe. ... more   less 
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