In this article you will find information on 10 most unusual hotels and dormitories of Saint Petersburg.
Checking in at four-star Karamazov Hotel starts at 11 a.m. and takes no more than 3 minutes.
The hotel is situated on a quiet street called Sozialisticheskaya (standing for ‘socialist’) and attracts you will the smell of chocolate coming from a nearby chocolate factory. The hotel has a large parking lot where you can leave your car for a reasonable sum.
There are 28 rooms in the hotel, standard and the so called “interior rooms” featuring an interior a la the 19th century and bathrobes and slippers as a bonus.
WiFi and an elevator (which is weird but still operational) are also available.
Nuances: the hotel has a good audibility and you will always hear your neighbors returning to their room after a late dinner. The shampoo and shower gel you will find in the bathroom are impossible to open without scissors. Standard rooms have no bathrobes and slippers which is strange for a four-star hotel.
Breakfast is included which is good. As for the food, it’s Ok.
Rakhmaninov Hotel is situated on Kazanskaya Street which is a very convenient location for tourists because it is surrounded with places of interest. It is not equipped with an elevator so be prepared to take your suitcase on the third floor by yourself.
Its receptionists are friendly and you feel comfortable here.
The hotel features 25 rooms and one of them belonged to the composer the hotel was named after (naturally, it is the most expensive room in the hotel). The room doors have paintings inspired by Rakhmaninov’s music.
Its audibility is good too but two doors separating the room and the passage are of a little help. Shampoo and shower gel are provided. By the way, the hotel somehow managed to avoid occasional problems with hot water the rest houses of the neighborhood have to face.
Nuances: you won’t find a hair dryer and mini bar in your room. It’s not that important but still…
Near the hotel, there is a gallery where they hold exhibitions and master classes on a regular basis. You will find a lot of beautiful paintings and books on the walls of the hotel.
Breakfast is included but it’s not that great. Luckily, just steps away from the hotel, there is a wonderful Georgian restaurant Suliko so you won’t starve to death.
So, this hotel is great for those wanting to experience the spirit of Saint Petersburg and enjoy true art.
Alexander House Hotel is more like a guest house. It is situated not that close to Nevsky Avenue but is surrounded with beautiful churches and cathedrals. It must be magnificent to be here in summertime.
The hotel has 19 rooms to choose from and each room is designed to represent one of the cities of the world, such as Stockholm, Amsterdam, Venice, Köln, etc. Lux and standard rooms feature similar interior but differ in square footage.
The house was built by a merchant in 1826. In 2003, it was turned into a hotel which is now one of the best mini hotels of the world.
The hotel has a welcoming atmosphere and friendly personnel. This is a place where you want to stay.
By the way, it features a 44/7 restaurant with delicious cuisine. Breakfast is included and it is great too.
There are two huge halls here. One of them features a fireplace and a home theater while in the other one you will find a library. In the summertime, they open their summer patio.
Nuances: you have to discharge some water before taking a shower but that’s a trifle.
Red Stars Hotel is a tree-star business class hotel with a free guarded parking lot.
It is rather spacious, with 54 rooms. On each floor you will find professional-looking country-inspired graffiti (Brasil, Japanese, England, the USA). The interior is well-thought and almost flawless.
The rooms are spacious and have a bunch of wall outlets and free Internet. The bed deserves high praise as well.
Tasty breakfast is included. Unfortunately, the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant; it has just a bar with a limited choice of beer! There is a Chinese restaurant nearby but Chinese food won’t work for everybody.
Receptionists are friendly but ‘cold’.
On the whole, Red Stars is nice and worth visiting.
Redisson Sonya Hotel opened in 2009. Its interior reflects Russian culture as seen by Swedish designers.
Here, you will find a bunch of traditional Russian matreshkas and caskets…
And quotations from Crime and Punishment in the hall.
By the way, these quotations are spelt in different languages.
Standard-class rooms are spacious and well done. It feels like a good European hotel. However, breakfast is not included so you will have to order it by yourself.
Rossi Hotel calls itself a boutique-hotel. Here you will find plenty of paintings by popular and unknown artists hanging in the rooms and in the halls which are also available for sale. In the hotel, there are 45 rooms of 8 valuation bands.
It is a former merchant’s house with natural parquet and stucco work.
Its Grand Lux.
The hotel features a cozy attic with a library with books written in four different languages. Breakfast is included and served on the main floor (they also serve wine for breakfast!).
Its rooms have very peculiar floor plans so avoid sharing your room with a person you don’t know well.
It is one the best views we’ve seen so far!
The hotel is not really chic but it is still refined. Its location is perfect for both tourists and businessmen.
W-Hotel was named the best hotel in Russia in 2011.
Its restaurant corresponds to the hotel’s status.