This is a very cosy little hotel for those who wish to avoid feeling just yet another tourist in a big city. Only a short metro ride or half-hour walk from St Petersburg city centre, a stay at the Austrian Yard is far enough out of town to really give you the feeling that you have been to the "real" Russia.
Our room ( no 9 ) was very comfortable and we slept like logs all week in a very quiet environment away from what is anyway not a busy street.
Breakfast is fairly basic but the room has an adequate kitchen to compensate.
All staff are very friendly and helpful although their level of English varies from pretty good to non-existent. In any case a Russian phrase book is recommended as an investment before visiting the city as outside the city centre nothing is translated into any other language and even the Russian is written in exclusively Cyrillic script. Not a problem for the more adventurous traveler !
We loved it and would return here anytime.
- 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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