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AZIMUT Hotel Saint Petersburg
Ranked #120 of 364 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Reviewed July 26, 2007

Our musical tour group recently performed in St. Petersburg and stayed at this hotel. We were disappointed to find long dark hallways, locked exit stairwells, rooms not ready when we arrived
(a group of 100) and women of ill-repute in the lobby. The buffet breakfast was tasty and the view from the 18th floor restaurant was nice. I'd recommend a different hotel next time.

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Reviewed July 24, 2007

Our group arrived at the hotel Azimut at midnight. The lobby was filled with cigarette smoke and ladies of the night were perched on the couches. Some of our rooms had beds with springs poking through the top of the mattress, burned out lightbulbs, hair on the sheets, and black water flowing from the showers. None of our rooms had air conditioning, which meant that to breathe fresh air we slept with the windows open. Mosquitoes came right in. No window screens.
The most dangerous feature of this hotel is the apparent lack of a sprinkler system and fire escapes. I found a poorly marked emergency exit and followed it down to the ground floor: the exit door had been bolted shut. The long wood-paneled corridors would be next to impossible to navigate in a fire. Do not stay at this hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2007
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Reviewed July 15, 2007

Absolutely among the worst place I've stayed in..."comfort single" is poor and no a/c, no fridge. Prices very high for the service and room they provide.
Thought the meals in the restaurant were very high priced, and location of hotel makes it hard to find an close-by place to eat cheaper.
The cost of internet services (in their business center) was very expensive, much higher than any I've seen before and their prices of in room calling international rates were horrendous....
Poor service in lobby, although staff was pleasant, definitely not "helpful" by any western standards....
Only good point is that the room was clean. (but very small and the bed was definitely uncomfortable)
I would not stay here again at all.....I had better sleeping on trains in europe...
Do not believe the pictures they post on their web site, definitely not close to what was there.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled solo
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Thank oc2re7
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Reviewed April 9, 2007

Firstly for anyone who is a little confused - the Sovetskaya Hotel is now called the Azimut as it has been taken over by a new chain.

My partner and I booked 3 nights in this hotel after searching for something that meeted both our price range and our requirements - i.e, cleanliness, privacy, good service etc etc. Having read some bad reviews of the place I was wary, although living in Russia, I was aware of the differing standards with the West. However the hotel was absolutely fine. It is a monolith, an absolute maze of rooms, but the advantage of its size was that it was nowhere near full and thus was peaceful and quiet. Front desk was helpful and spoke English, we had a problem with our key and they were efficient and friendly. The room itself was excellent, well on par with Western standards. However I would like to stress to people considering the hotel that there are 2 types of room - COMFORT and BUSINESS. We had business - newly renovated, clean, Western-style. Comfort is Soviet-style and not as good, there is little difference in price and the hotel is slowly renovating all the rooms to make them the same, therefore I recommend taking a business class room.

Breakfast was superb - all you can eat, in pleasant surroundings. The pancakes and omlettes were very good, cooked in front of you to your order. We also ate a few times in the hotel's Italian restaurant, which was also good - reasonably priced and tasty.

The location isn't bad at all - about 10 minutes from the Metro and 3 stops from Nevskii Prospect. All in all I would certainly recommend this hotel to anyone needing a nice, clean place to stay in Petersburg, especially if you do not want to pay the Earth to be there, as is often the case. I will be staying again in the future.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 8, 2007

it's a GIGANTIC hotel (a few blocks long) and isn't in the most opportune location, but i was very impressed with it. service was great and we had most of the hotel to ourselves. the restaurants had good food and the morning breakfast is excellent. it's included in the price of the room and is a HUGE buffet spread. there's a circular night club on one end of the hotel that's open till 6am. there was no one up there when we went up there, but we stayed and talked to the bartender and waitress until they closed.

Stayed: February 2007
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Reviewed August 13, 2006

Our experience with the Sovetskaya proved that you get what you pay for. In our case, we paid a very reasonable rate for accommodations in this expensive city, and the room was adequate, but nothing great. It was not luxurious by any means, but it was a safe, clean place to spend the night, and we found our room to be relatively quiet. Also, the omelette and pancake stations at breakfast were very good!

One complaint we had was that we did not know that our Travelocity booking was for an unrenovated room. So, it looked nothing like the room pictures found online, but was probaby as the rooms looked several decades ago. Two bunk beds built into the walls, an ancient bathroom, and little else. No tv, a/c, minibar, or anything. No screens on the windows either, which created a tough choice between heat and mosquitoes. Still, since it was much cheaper than all other options we found in St. Petersburg, and since their visa support was very smooth, I don't think it was terrible.

On location, it was a 10-15 minute walk to the metro (only 2-3 stops to the center), or a very doable 30 minute walk to the cathedral, or 40 minutes to Nevsky Prospect. Also very convenient to trains and buses for trips to the summer palaces. We were a little concerned that the neighborhood might be a bit dodgy, but it was completely fine, albeit a little bit out of the way.

Our biggest gripe was with the staff, which was only moderately helpful. When we asked for a non-smoking room, they told us that the choice was ours: we could either smoke or not smoke in our room. Hmmm. That said, the room did not smell smoky. The main problem concerned our train tickets, which were delivered by courier to the hotel. Every day we asked if they had arrived, and each time they told us they had not. By our final day there, we had to have the ticket provider give us the tracking number and fax over proof that the parcel had been signed for at the hotel before the staff actually made a concerted effort to find the tickets. This could have been a big disaster, but fortunately our persistence helped to work things out. We were lucky that one staff member sorted it out for us in the end, but most of our interactions with the staff were totally unhelpful. We never received an apology or an explanation, but at least we got our tickets.

I would probably only stay here again if I really did not want to spend more money for a more convenient and more upscale hotel. Most likely, though, I'd look elsewhere.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 25, 2006

We have just returned from traveling to major cities in Russia. Staying at this hotel was the worst hotel ever!! Several reasons.

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The front desk is a nightmare. Nothing was right. There were 6 rooms in our group. Not ONE was correct. We spent forever trying to get checked in. All rooms we reserved with air were not available. And there was a 90 degree heatwave. Anything done at the front desk was a major task. It was so ridiculous. We've stayed all over Europe and nothing compared to this.

As other reviews say. Lobby is large...great gift shop. BUT NOT SMOKE FREE. You need oxygen to walk through the lobby.

Security was ridiculous!! You get stopped everytime you try to go to an elevator. This did not happen in ANY other hotel we stayed at in Russia. If the both of us (my spouse & I) did not EACH have our room key. They would not let one of us pass while the other one treked all the way to the room and came back with a key. It was like they were the KGB or something.

By the last day - after insisting we would not leave the front desk until we were granted our original reserved room - and going all the way to management - we finally got our upgrade since we were about to die from heat in our room.

Breakfast was ok. Not anything to write home about. Don't expect to leave with a cup of coffee in your hand. You will be chased down and stopped!!!

Don't expect to get online in your room even tho they say you can. Impossible. You have to go to the business center to very slow computers and hope they're open when you come. It was quite interesting

Staff was not helpful at all. They would not help you in anyway. Very rude

Sounds negative huh? Well our entire group...walked away from this hotel with all of us having the exact same feelings as quoted above. So it wasn't just me & my spouse. We will not stay here again if we are in St Petersburg.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Additional Information about AZIMUT Hotel Saint Petersburg

Address: Lermontovskiy Ave., 43/1, St. Petersburg 190103, Russia
Location: Russia > Northwestern District > St. Petersburg
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet (WiFi) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 Spa Hotel in St. Petersburg
#36 Family Hotel in St. Petersburg
#56 Luxury Hotel in St. Petersburg
#76 Romantic Hotel in St. Petersburg
#84 Business Hotel in St. Petersburg
Price Range: $37 - $172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — AZIMUT Hotel Saint Petersburg 4*
Number of rooms: 581
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The AZIMUT Hotel Saint Petersburg is situated on the banks of Fontanka River in the historical center and is the tallest hotel in the city, boasting 581 rooms, many with amazing views of St. Petersburg only an easy 5 kilometers from Nevsky Prospect and 13 kilometers to Pulkovo International and Domestic Airports. The location of the hotel allows excellent and easy transport links, including metro, taxis and cars with drivers to the city center, airports and all major attractions. During your stay you can rely on the expertise of our professional 24-hour Concierge, at your service to suggest restaurants, cultural performances and offer experienced advice on how to make the most of your time in St Petersburg. The closest hotel to the world famous Mariinksy Theatre and the remarkable Troitsky Cathedral are among the many attractions that are close by. Business or Leisure the hotel offers everything you need, dedicated and helpful service staff, a variety of room types including the hotel's new SMART rooms, restaurants (including great eat-in or takeaway Pizza), Sky Bar on Level 18 with the breathtaking panoramic floor to ceiling views, extensive meeting and banquet rooms, on site SPA means that you will have a very comfortable stay with us. Friendly multilingual staff is here to assist you with anything you need to make your stay at our hotel and in St Petersburg a comfortable, successful and pleasant time. ... more   less 
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