No hotels are cheap in Russia's main cities, and anything approaching luxury commands huge prices but with so much to see and do in St Petersburg, time spent in a hotel room is likely to be pretty minimal, so location and a comfortable bed at a reasonable price were our main criteria. The Herzen House Hotel filled both bills admirably.
The hotel occupies the top floor of a building on Bolshaya Morskaya, a once-again -fashionable street lined with some grand houses that runs in to the top end of Nevsky Prospekt, just a few minute's walk from some of the city's main landmarks - St Isaac's Cathedral, the Winter Palace and the Admiralty.
That was our first requirement met.
A comfortable bed? The room was fine, nothing special but very clean, quiet ( we did have one of the back rooms), a bed I could sleep in very well and a perfectly adequate bathroom.
A reasonable price? Very - currently (2010) a rack rate of 5800 roubles for a Superior twin room in high season is quoted - that's about US$195, A$220 or 140 euro and compared to the prices quoted by other hotels in the vicinity, this is is very reasonable. Special offers at different times include things such as discounts for booking on line, free tickets for the Hermitage, free airport transfers, etc. Check the website for all rates and special offers.
The breakfast buffet offered plenty of choices and - a nice touch - once breakfast was over tea, coffee and biscuits were available all through the day in the breakfast room. English-speaking staff, free wi-fi and free use of a computer in reception all added to amenities. This is definitely a hotel to be recommended, so much so that, following our initial vacation visit, MrL and his colleagues have returned more than once when work commitments in Moscow have given them time off for some St Petersburg R&R.
Unique Quality: The Herzen House makes no pretensions of being anything but what it is, a 3 star hotel offering 3 star amenities in the best way they can - and it does it very well indeed - with a smile and a friendly helping hand.
The hotel's regular Wednesday afternoon Russian teaparty is another nice touch
The location could hardly be better - so much of what you will want to see in St Petersburg is within walking distance, albeit a longish leisurely stroll at times.
I'll will be in St Petersburg at the end of this month with my 2 friends. We have 3 days in the city; so prefer to stay in the center. Beside location, safety is also important for us. However we couldn't decide which one is the best. Can someone help us? Comfort Hotel, Nevksy Hotel Grand or Herzen House Hotel ?
Thanks a lot!
We stayed at the Herzen House last week and were very pleased with our choice. The location is excellent, very central, the rooms small but clean and comfortable. The staff were very friendly. Good breakfasts, tea and coffee available all day, free internet for guests. Security is good - you can only get into the building with your key. It's not luxurious but it suited us very well and we'd certainly stay there again.
The Comfort Hotel is in the same building, on the second floor. Herzen House is on the 4th floor - there is a lift. They are owned by the same company. I believe the Comfort is cheaper but can't make a coment other than to say I know it was recently voted Trip Advisors top St Petersburg choice.
Hotels in Russia are extremely expensive, these two are mid-range and, for Russia, offer value for money.
The road outside the hotel was being resurfaced whilst we were there so taxis can't pull up in front of the hotel but there's a cross street just 2 buildings away, so unless you have loads of luggage, it's not a problem.
Mikhailovskaya Ulitsa 1/7, St. Petersburg, North-West Russia, 191011, Russia
Bolshaya Morskaya ulitsa 39, St. Petersburg, North-West Russia, 190000, Russia
11-ya Liniya, Vasilievsky Ostrov, St. Petersburg, 199178, Russia
69, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg, North-West Russia, 191025, Russia
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Address: 25, Bolshaya Morskaya, St. Petersburg, North-West Russia, 190000, Russia