27/29 Mokhovaya street, St. Petersburg, North-West Russia, 191028, Russia

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    Perfect accommodation!


    It is very difficult to find this hotel the first time. The hotel can arrange collection from the airport but it is far cheaper to go to the OFFICIAL taxi desk at the airport and sort yourself out. My taxi driver got a little grumpy because he could NOT find the hotel! In the end he threw me out on the street where he thought it was. There was absolutely no sign of it anywhere but some workers from an office in the nearby apartment blocks, who obviously see stranded tourists all the time, kindly pointed the way - down the residential alley and in to the residential courtyard. I loved the residential feeling immediately.
    There is a buzzer and one of the young but incredibly smiley and eager to help/please hotel workers will let you in. We were given the keys to our suite... a fabulous living room with sofas, tables, writing desk, a baby grand piano...
    The breakfast is included - you have to fill out a form to tell them what you would like and it is delivered to your room at the time you specify... breakfast was a magical mystery tour. The first day we have lots to eat and, other than the cornflakes being some strange varient of cocopops, everything was as per requested. The 2nd morning was interesting when the request for hard boiled eggs turned out to be raw to scarcely mildly boiled and, with the toaster broken - no toast. Thankfully, as standard, there are yogharts and packaged pasteries (these are good for taking out as a snack!). However, as the staff were SO friendly and giggly and nice and as the hotel was clean, comfortable and nice... we could forgive them anything about breakfast.

    Some of the receptionist/staff spoke a little English but some didn't so trying to organise anthing via the front desk was also a bit of a magical mystery - never knowing quite how it would end!
    The English speaking girl did, however phone the theatre for me to confirm my tickets and did get ito a heated argument, on my behalf, over tickets. Also, on the final day, one of the non speaking girls, after a prolonged game of charades, speaking loudly and slowly and mispronouncing every attempt at the Russian language, did get me a taxi to the dock!

    I REALLY REALLY REALLY recommend this accommodation. If ever I go back to Saint Petersburg I WILL definitely stay here again. It's in a quiet part of town but that is part of its charm. We found we were quite able to walk to most places easily from here.

    3 nights for a family rom (2 adults & 2 children) cost £397

    Directions: easy to find when you know where it is!!!!

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Forum Posts

Is it a Good Timing?

by Dobbitt

I have a vacation between 19th-23rd December. Do you think it's a good timing for a visit to this lovely city? Or would it be too dead because it's just before christmas or because of the freezing cold (will it be so?). I love to walk around cities all day long when i'm travelling. Would i get frozen like a "step taking man" monument? :))

Re: Is it a Good Timing?

by pcg821

The Russian Orthodox Church celebrates its Christmas on January 7th ,I have been to St Petersburg in summer and it is a beautiful city.Weather is difficult to predict,maybe you will be lucky and have 4 nice days or you may have days of -15 and snow.Good luck you an enjoy the city.

Re: Is it a Good Timing?

by bugulma

Last year I was in StPetersburg in December 16, weather was a bit of mild for the winter, -5C around. but keep the warm cloths with you. i think there will be no problem with walking around the city

Re: Is it a Good Timing?

by ElenaKKKK

yeah, Gismeteo is giving the forecast of +2 and raining for next 10 days in SPB:-/ But who knows??? Those forecasts!))) Sure, the greatest holiday here is New Year eve (Dec.31) but anyway you'll find complete Christmas decorations everythere and a lot of Christmas (New Year) events during your visit .)))

Re: Is it a Good Timing?

by GyuriFT

Dec. 24 is just Dec. 24 in Russia, like a normal day. They are not involved in Satanist cult, oops, I mean, "Santa-nist" cult (yet). There is a guy who looks somewhat like Santa and lives in Veliky Ustyug with his grand-daughter.

This guy (Ded Moroz, "Grandfather Frost" never ages (he is old enough), and seem never die. No wonder: he is immortal, he was kind of benevolent forest spirit before becoming a personage of Rimsky-Korsakov Opera based on Alexandr Ostrovski play "Snegurochka". He became very busy as during communist era he replaced St. Nicolas as "gift-bringing grandpa".

Ded Moroz will go around New Year eve, not X'mas. There are very slim hopes for Santa to have any success in even far future tough...(thank god!)

Some neat pics from Velikiy Ustyug as found on Wiki:

Re: Is it a Good Timing?

by GyuriFT

Now @Pupulainen: is there a special Schengen-visa for Dedek Mraz to visit Slovenia? (Just wonder). Not that I would apply (yet).

Random thougt: if it would be in other country, they would make a special train going around Central/East Europe and a large Ded Moroz show and who-knows-what ideas. Like Ded Moroz-theme park in Veliki Ustyug, with a large rotating statue of the guy (should be taller, than the tallest bell-tower of Sobor Uspenija Presvjatoj Bogorodicy and painted neon-red), a restaurant atop of it, people dressed as dancing bears walkig around and electronic balalaika music from strategically located loudspeakers.

Always say, they have no sense how to make $$$$$$$$$$ there.

Travel Tips for Saint Petersburg

First - to visit the Hermitage...

by max_iakov

First - to visit the Hermitage - one of the greatest museums all over the world;
Second - to take a trip by motorboat via rivers and canals around the city;
Third - to drink a glas ( or more :) of the local beer - Baltika # 10 - preferable the white nights season in June

Visit the Fortress of Peter...

by maxovna

Visit the Fortress of Peter and Paul , the place where the city was founded. When Russia was at war with Sweden, at the beginning of the XVII century, the earthen fortress was laid here, later it was rebuilt in stone . In the centre of it there is a grand cathedral of Peter and Paul .

Public Toilets


Unfortunately, you won't find many public toilets (tualet or WC) in the big cities of Russia. Around the main tourists sights there are always a few chemical toilets which can be used for a small charge of 5 or 10 Rubles. Of course you won't find a sink there.
So one of the best options for toilets still is Mc Donalds or Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). Both have a few branches all over the town, especially along Nevsky Prospekt. Apart from that, I have heard that it is widely accepted to use the toilets of restaurants or cafes even when you aren't a customer.

Off the beaten path

by smilewm

Summer Garden is just ONE of the many places that you can go to that I believe are not usually a part of a tour. That comes from my personal observation of a lack of crowds of tourists compared to other popular spots. This one is your spot if you're somewhat of a romantic and like going for a stroll. Another one would be Pavlovsk - great park (better in the summer), and it's really big. Museums that come to my mind would be Kunstkamera, which has a lot of "alternative" artifacts from around the world including body parts, it's really cool, and the Naval museum (former stock exchange prior to the bolshevik revolution), where you will see high quality models of ships besides other naval exhibits.

Also, if you can arrange a tour (even a small private one) go to Smolny and see where Lenin and Krupskaya lived. I found it interesting since it gives you a glimpse into the life of one of the most famous people in history of at least Russia whether you like him or not. Besides that Smolny is a grandiose building in itself.

I will think of something and add more in the near future.

If you have a question ask. I may have the answer. I lived in St. Pete's for 6 years, so I know a thing or two about it.

Please remember that I'm brand new to VT and haven't had the time to edit it yet. But check back later for more. Or better yet just ask a Q.

Holiday: Halloween October 31

by sennaya

In recent years St. Petersburg has had an increasing number of businesses celebrating Halloween. Bars, nightclubs and parties may host events.

No trick-or-treaters, but the fun of a costume ball.

The Divo Ostrov celebrates a Halloween theme for about a month complete with ghosts and pumpkins.


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