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... II (and that is how it is now) but it was easy to imagine what it had looked like when it was still all in gold. The palace was packed with people, but Julia, our tour guide was able to keep us together and managed to keep some space around our group – even to the point of yelling at some people in the group behind us to keep back to give us space. Like all the other buildings built by the tsars and tsarinas, the inside was filled with gilded ...
... who had to serve them: the kitchen is located about 1/4 of a mile away from the palace, apparently to ensure their privacy from servants, as well as not to offend their nostrils with cooking odours. So food had to be brought by cart from the kitchen. The mind boggles! Rowland has said I should mention how candid the guides have been about their feelings about life in general, the political situation and anything that was asked of them. They were ...
... Bruno stopped to think for a second and realized that it was not 10 dollars but 100. So, wait! We paid 200 dollars for the doll, not 20! We were in shock for some time but happy with the purchase. We stopped at the Yolki-Palki restaurant where we had some typical Russian food like borsch and beef stroganoff. As we were eating out of the blue, the beautiful waitresses started to dance typical Russian music. Bruno thought he was ...
Today we were up early again and on our way to explore more of St. Petersburg.
It was so foggy we could not do the Hydrofoil, which meant more time on the bus.
We ate our lunch on the bus, it consisted of a pancake filled with chicken and cheese, served warm...jury is still out on this meal but we ate it!
We went to the souvenir shop first stop to pay ...
... Neva waters edge near the fortress many people swam in the murky sea waters pushed by the tide up from the Finland Sea. It was hard to imagine the long winter freeze and the fact that these river waters would be iced right over later in the year. I tossed low denomination rouble coins at the little hare statue in the moat accessing the fortress. Katya told me a story about this hare, which in the early stages of relating she was ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Angleterre Hotel St. Petersburg
We had the fortunate experience to arrive at the hotel a few days prior to Dubya (who was to stay at the attached Astoria Hotel for the G8 summit) so our hotel was loaded with secret service men. I think this may have had a positive affect as the staff were "on their toes" and security was noticeable. Front desk check-in was smooth and efficent and we were immediately given a room even though it was 11:00am. (I was a bit scared that they took our passports at check-in but understand this is necessary for immigration out of the country.) The champagne was a nice gesture although it did taste like donkey urine. Loved the elevators since there was never a wait. Our room was a gorgeous split-level number that was modern and tastefully furnised with everything in working order and a great view of St. Isaac's Cathedral. Ate and drank at Cafe Borsalino in the hotel; food was great but the drinks were very expensive ($12USD for a vodka and tonic). Also tried Davidof (restaurant) next door in the Astoria. Great service, nice selection but also expensive. Everything in Russia is expensive though - welcome to democaracy and capitalism!
This place was way overpriced for the size of the room and quality of the bed, but I get the feeling that most hotels are overpriced in St. Petersburg. Best of luck.
Good Location poor service
The hotel has a great central location. It is a better value than its twin the Astoria which is more expensive and right next door. If you like to swim like me the hotel is one of the few to have an indoor pool which is very nice. The rooms are large and clean and quite pleasant. The only problem is the service . Like most in Russia at best indifferent and often rude especially the front desk. However for a short stay the best value for the money in this location
We had a great room with a lovely view
It's not the best hotel you are ever going to stay in. But it's certainly not the worst. The staff were very friendly and efficient. The complimentary glasses of champagne on arrival went down a treat. Our room was very clean and bright and reasonably large with wonderful views over St Issac's church and square. Only downer was the lack of a full double bed - our room had two singles put together. But the linen was of good quality and there were thankfully duvets rather than blankets which I personally loathe. It's also not a bad deal - we paid £330.00 all in for two nights - which isn't too bad for Russia. The bar etc... we didn't try. But we did have a drink at the bar at the Astoria Hotel, right next door, which was lovely.
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If you are the sort of person who is made uncomfortable by tales of suicide (and I am not), best not check into the Hotel Angleterre.
This is a class act hotel all the way. It is perhaps the nicest hotel I have ever stayed at, anywhere in the world. The service is incredible, the room was fantastic. Meals and room service were top of the charts, as were the dining options within the hotel and adjoining Astoria.
The location cannot be better - right across the street from St. Isaac's Cathedral in the heart of everything. Walk to Nevsky Prospect, to the Hermitage, to Admiralty and the Kazansky Cathedral. I can't say enough good about this hotel. It is also impeccably cleaned/polished. There is a currency exchange right in the lobby too. I cannot wait to return there.
We stayed in Hotel Angleterre 20. - 24.3.2005. Location is very good, you can walk to the main historical attractions of the city. It was nice to wake up in the morning, when you see The Isaak's Cathedral from your bedroom window (it is not seen from every window, so ask about it). Room was nicely furnished and clean. We have to change the room after first night, because at night the room was very cold. They change the room but we did not get any bonus.
We had a room in a club-floor, so we got free breakfast (very good), sauna, local calls and use of a business lounge. Lounge was ok. Sauna was ok, but the bathroom of it was quite cold and gloomy. Hotel is unique, but it is not so glamorous as you might expect after visiting its www-site.
Fine hotel for SPB experience
Stayed 5 nights in November, with great rate from web. Perfect location for exploring St. Petersburg, spitting distance to St. Isaac's, and easy walking to Hermitage and prime locations along Nevsky Prospect. Staff was professional and courteous, and spoke very good English. Concierge was particularly good. Room more than met expectations, reasonable size, very clean, quality bedding; also had a good experience using their laundry/ dry cleaning service. Hotel also has a decent health club facility and nice sauna, and shares access to all facilities at Hotel Astoria. All in all, a fine hotel experience in a beautiful city. Will certainly stay here again on next visit to SPB.
This hotel is a perfect treasure and exceeded all of my expectations. I recently returned from nine days at the Angleterre, having booked an independent visit to St. Petersburg through the hotel concierge service. Our room was exactly as promised, a suite overlooking St. Isaacs Cathedral and Square. The rooms have recently been remodeled, are immaculately clean and the extra space was nice for the length of time we were there. The Borsalino Restaurant is excellent and also provides the hotel room service; we were extremely pleased with the quality and diversity of the menus. The real treasure of this hotel, however, are the four women who staff the concierge desk. I had emailed a list of everything I wanted to see in St. Petersburg (a formidable list) and this was translated into a practical itinerary. We were provided with a car and guide, Irina, who made exploring the city and coutryside a true pleasure. I had also requested information on ballet and symphony performances and was provided a choice of seats with a seating chart. We managed to see four magnificent performances and the Angleterre staff made sure that we had a car to take us and pick us up; everything was made quite effortless. I have never met such a friendly staff. We enjoyed many conversations on a variety of subjects. After being there so long it truly felt like we were leaving the home of friends and we will surely be back. I should also add that the location of the hotel was quite convenient and made walks around the city a real pleasure. Treat yourself and stay here!