Satisfaction Very Good
Value Score No Data
Good For Couples
St. Petersburg International Hostel
One of the most popular hostels,
centrally located and experienced staff.
Russian and American project.
A starting point for Peter's walks.
Unique Quality: Full service hostel including storage lockers, free continental breakfast, laundry, internet
Directions: Metro Vostania, near Ploschad Vostania and Moscow Railway Station
It is dormitory but very pleasant and close to Nevsky Prospekt central boulevard.
Unique Quality: They arrange visa support, and bus and air tickets to everywhere in Russia. It is located near the main railway station, in the metro station Ploschad Vosstania.
Directions: Near the railway station. If you arrive by train from Moscow, just walk a few minutes.
Centrally located youth hostel
I stayed there in September which is already off season. All the doubles were full but the dormitories with 5 beds were almost empty, so I had the room 2 nights to myself.
The price for a bed in the dormitory was 570 roubles with the member card, breakfast included. Check out time 11 am (strict). Only one key to a room.
If you are too late to make a booking via IBN or internet, just call them. They don't register your visa if the visa support is not from them but they give you an address where they do it for you for 550 roubles but it takes at least 24 hours.
Unique Quality: There is a kitchen, luggage storage room, toilets on each floor but the showers are on the first floor. Breakfast was first from 8-10 and then suddenly changed to 9-11. The old babushkas are very ridig but if you speak some Russian they can be very nice. You are not supposed to sit longer than 20 minutes at breakfast which consists of tea or coffee, white bread, a slice of cheese, butter, jam, hard boiled egg, orange juice and cereal.
Directions: closest metro: Ploshad Vosstaniya, about 10 minutes walk from Moskovsky Voksal
Hasn't changed a bit
While much of St. Petersburg has changed in the past four years since my last visit, the hostel hasn't at all. Still need codes to get into every room. Still have to walk down floor flights of stairs to have a shower. Still has a poorly equipped kitchen. But I'll tell a story! I bought some sausage and as many of you know I brought my own spices with me so I could cook. I decided to make sausage soup with my bottled water, garlic, rosemary and smoked paprika. While I did this in about 15 minutes (they only have one pot and some guy wanted to make spaghetti), some Germans were broiling two entire chickens. On a flat, edgeless pan. After I was done eating, I left and when I came back for another beer the fat from the chickens was dripping onto the element creating smoke everywhere. They don't have smoke detectors at HI St. Petersburg apparently. And when hostelling, stick to simple food.
Unique Quality: Still has a great group of travellers. Found that both times. You can't argue with a good crowd - it can really make a mediocre facility an awesome place to stay.
Directions: Very close to Ploschad Vosstania. Just don't forget that there are lots of different branches of Sovietskaya and you need to take the right one (there's a sign)
helpful youth hostel
The lobby of this hostel is one of the few places in St. Petersburg where you can pick up a lot of useful travelling and sightseeing information or leave your advice for fellow travellers on the bulletin board.
Rooms are clean and simple. Each floor is accessed by a different code. There is a small common room with a TV. Secure luggage storage faciilities on the top floor.
Unique Quality: Affiliated with the RYHA (Russian Youth Hostel Association) and has tons of useful information. Unfortunately, they can only register visas that they issue.
Directions: Relatively close to the center of town
Address: 3-ya Sovetskaya ul. 28. it's about a ten minute walk from Metro Ploshchad Vosstaniya.
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