My rant. Sometimes when you travel you don't get to pick your hotel so you have to deal with it. When I read all the reviews about this hotel there was mostly people dwelling on how far it was from the city center. It was all doom and gloom with no information on how to help. I'll try to correct this here. Yes, the Pribaltiyskaya is far away from the city center so you have some options.
1. If you can afford it, about 800 rubbles will get you to the city center in a cab. There are cabs out by the door that are readily available. The time of day and where downtown can impact this price.
2. If you want to walk or run its about 6km one way depending on your exact route and lots to see along the way with nice sidewalks.
3. I didn't investigate the public bus system.
4. The hotel has a free shuttle that leaves from the hotel at set times througout the day and will bring you to the city center. The bus stops behind the Kazaan Cathedral on Nevsky Prospect to be precise.
5. My favorite became the Metro. I'll give the metro its own tip but in the meantime, the metro station is approximately 2.25 kilometers from the hotel and is an easy walk. Alternatively, there are white mini vans that leave every five minutes and will bring you to the Metro for 30 rubbles. The Metro will then cost you 27 rubbles one way. Once on the Metro it only took 7 minutes to be downtown.
My preferred option was number 5 and the travel to and from downtown presents its own unique opportunity to get exposed to the local culture.
Unique Quality: The Park Inn is probably SPB's biggest hotel and I found it to be very modern and comfortable. My room was great, I slept great and the internet speeds were great. I ate at a buffet breakfast each morning and the food was very good.
I didn't access these services but the hotel also had a nice gym, spa and waterpark all attached to the hotel.
In the bar there were generally busy so if you wanted food or service it was helpful to be a little bit assertive and let you know you were there. Otherwise, you may be sitting and relaxing for a while.
On another note, at check in it was on the slow side. Save some patience for here and where the hotel is so large hopefully you won't get stuck behind a bus tour or anything like that.
Recently went on a tour of Russia and spent 3 nights at this hotel and was absolutely disgusted by the place.
The room was infested by BED BUGS and the staff were uninterested.
Plus the rooms were very basic with no amenities - no safe and there was a lack of airconditioning plus the room smelt.
The lobby was filled with smokers - very unpleasant
Unique Quality: There were no outstanding characteristics, it was a very unpleasant experience to stay at this hotel
The room was very clean and comfortable, lovely crisp white bed linen and towels. There aren't any tea making facilities so if you like a morning cuppa bring your own kettle, tea etc, there's no hair dryer provided either.
There is a small supermarket next to the hotel but not much else close by, a small "Irish" bar that serves basic food, and a Chinese restaurant.
Unique Quality: Great Breakfast-Buffet,free internet great location
Location away from the center along the Finland Gulf. 1200 rooms.
Watch out for unrenovated rooms with small twin beds.
Some tour groups get stuck here.
Unique Quality: Next to the big new Waterpark,
and near the LenExpo center
. But far from the center.
If you will spend all your time walking in the center, you would rather be closer.
Directions: Metro primorskaya, then microbus.
I stayed here on a business trip in '96. A 1,200 room monster, built in the 1970s
My hosts chose the hotel, and choice may have been limited as the trip was arranged at fairly short notice.
It is miles from anywhere, and (at that time) was not wonderful inside. No doubt it will have been renovated since then, but check first! They can't change the location, however.
Unique Quality: Remoteness!
Directions: It is on the island lying between the Bolshaya Neva and the Malaya Neva (the river splits in 2 as it approachs the Gulf and the island lies between the 2 forks). The hotel is way out at the west end of the island.
I stayed at the Pribaltiskaya during my 3-day stay in St Petersburg. The room was of international 4-star standard and had a view of the Gulf of Finland. There was an in-house currency exchange bureau, tour agency, post office as well as souvenir shops and boutiques. The Pribaltiyskiy Restaurant on the second floor is a huge ballroom-like restaurant where breakfast is served. During the summer tourist season, it can get very crowded and you will most probably have to share tables. The breakfast buffet spread is sumptous.
Unique Quality: Located at the western end of Vasilievsky Island, the Pribaltiskaya offers great views of the Gulf of Finland. There is a seaside Japanese restaurant and bar where you can chill out with a beer or vodka with sushi while enjoying the cool breeze from the Gulf of Finland. There is a newly opened Aqua Park where you can indulge in various water sports and activities.
Directions: At the western tip of the Vasilievsky Island.
Had a renovated room that was ok.Room was on 16th floor overlooking the entrance.Room had small refrig,safe an cable tv,overall room was acceptable to me.No internet in room but free WIFI In the Lounge Bar on main floor.They are also building an agua park for hotel quest.There is a pool,
an bowling alley,.About 4 restaurants in Hotel an food was above avg at the restaurant I eat at.The problem with this hotel is you are so far from center of city,if you do not have your own transportation
taxis will cost you.about 900 rubles to downtown St Pete,an if you stay in city late you may not get back,you need know what bridges are open an when they open ,I think they close between 1-6 in the morning.
Unique Quality: Nice hotel if you come on a cruise an you are with a tour group that has transportation,otherwise it is just to far from center city.The hotel was very clean an alway had English speaking help at desk.
To make outside phone call from room you must leave a deposit at front desk,they wanted me to deposit $95.00 or you can make call from lobby desk,
Good big hotel with all apropriate modern facilities.
Hotel is usual used for conferences and other events and for groups of tourists. Not very suitable for individuals as it is rather far from main sightseeing places and public transport.
Unique Quality: The most exciting is the view down the seaside. I was lucky last time to have room with appropriate window orientation.
NOTE: that only rooms with numbers xx36...xx41 at each level face at the seaside.
Directions: Vasilievsky Island
The Hotel is located on the Gulf of Finland which is within a 10-15 minute drive to city centre and 5 minutes to Lenexpo - Exhibition Complex. The 17-story hotel boasts 1200 rooms, including 60 luxury suites. Facilities include a service bureau, sauna, swimming pool, and a bowling alley.
Unique Quality: There are numerous restaurants, banquet halls, and bars as well as a large convention hall with a 900 person seating capacity and another convention room that will hold 250. The hotel's business centre serves as a convenient "home-office", equipped with fax-machines, copiers, computers, international direct-dial telephones, and typing and secretarial services
View from Pribaltiyskaya of residential suburb.
When tourists arrive from Pulkovo airport or Moskovsky Vokzal to hotel Pribaltiyskaya or Morskaya - which bridges must they cross? Can anyone help me with this?
Thanks a mil!
Yes, when you go from Moscow railway station you need to cross Dvortsovy or lieutenant Smidt bridge. These bridges are over the Big Neva river.
But if you go from Pulkovo you need to cross Obvodny Canal, Fontanka River, Griboedov Canal and Moika River and then cross the Big Neva River to Vasilyevsky Island where Pribaltiyskaya is located.
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