To make a long story short: The mini-hotel "Austrian Yard" deserves a recommendation, a very good value for money was provided.
The hotel is located in a convenient, safe and quiet area close to the Austrian and German embassy. The metro station "Chernyshevskaya" can be reached in only three minutes by foot. Tourist features like Nevskiy Prospekt, Ermitage or Peter&Paul fortress are farther away. A remarkable number of lovely café’s are in the vicinity of the hotel, recommendable for a traditionally Russian breakfast or a drink at night. Early birds/ business guys should consider the opening times, predominantly starting from 10am.
The breakfast, offered by the hotel, was small (airplane-like) and if you didn’t know it from the very first, you would be somehow disappointed. Anyway, the room (we booked the one with twin beds) was very well furnished and very clean. Altogether we can agree with the previous comments. As told us the mini-hotel is presumably booked by wedding pairs (the register office is a stone's throw away from the hotel). Based on that fact, the room and service was absolutely satisfying, e.g. all towels were exchanged every day, a daily newspaper was delivered without having been asked. The reception was staffed round the clock, although the English speaking staff was limited to two (very helpful) ladies.
We got in contact with the hotel via email, all of our requests were answered within a few days. For a next visit in St. Petersburg we would book a room in the mini-hotel “Austrian Yard” again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- «Austrian Yard» is located next to the Austrian Consulate in St. Petersburg, five minutes' walk from the subway station Chernishevskaya. Nearby are also consulates of Germany, the United States of America, the Finnish consulate. It is a quiet and calm area of the historical city center. ... more less
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