There are several major problems with this hotel if you are visiting St Petersburg as a tourist. 1. It is not very well located, being at the far end of Vasilyevsky Island and although there is a Metro station within 25 mins walk it would not be an easy matter to get into town for most tourists. The hotel shuttle was not available to members of tour groups who might want to go off and explore the city on their own.
2. When we stayed we were sharing the hotel with several school parties (mostly from the UK) who made great efforts to lower the tone of the place and make it feel more like a cheap hostel rather than a four-star hotel. This meant the hotel was noisy well into the small hours (eg 3.30am) and several calls to reception to get their young guests under control did not bring peace and quiet. The hotel staff knew about the disruption but had not taken effective action to deal with it.
3. I was initally given a smoking room despite not having asked for one and had to change rooms, although this was done without fuss by reception.
4 There were no coffee making facilities in the room and no safe, which is strange for a 4 star hotel. The room was otherwise of an acceptable standard.
5. The breakfasts were unbelievably bad. This may have had something to do with the half-term influx of hordes of schoolchildren who obviously think it is OK to slouch into a place of eating in bare feet and looking like they have been up all night disturbing the other guests, which is what many of them had been doing. But it was not acceptable to guests who had paid good money for their holiday and expected more from their accommodation.
On the positive side, the RGB restaurant was fairly reasonably priced and had a good selection of Russian and Western European food on offer. It was a haven of tranquility from the mayhem of the rest of the hotel!
In summary, avoid this hotel unless you specificaly want a monolithic monstrosity on the outskirts of the city with no amenities in the nearby area. And definitely avoid British half-term week unless you want to share your hotel with youngsters who have not grasped the concept of responsible and considerate behaviour despite passing through a highly-funded education system and presumably having parents and teachers who should be teaching them what constitutes acceptable civilised behaviour.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- High-rise Hotel set on northwestern part of Vasilyevsky Island in the Gulf of Finland. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya St Petersburg Hotel St. Petersburg
- Park Inn St Petersburg
- Pribaltiyskaya Park Inn