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... how light it was. We had booked a two day tour of about 11 hours each day, but, after discovering that there was over 5 kms of walking and 3,500 steps we didn't think it would be too good for Place’s knee, so we changed to a one day City tour and walking tour of Catherine Palace.
Another magic day 22 and sunny. It’s Sunday and people are everywhere. All the parks are packed. Lots of weddings too. Also, there are three other cruise ...
ST. PETERSBURG, AUGUST 15
This morning we arrived in St. Petersburg and as usual it was raining. It is in the low 60's today. After clearing Russian immigration and customs, we met our guide, Helen and our driver, Igor outside. We first got a city driving tour of St. Petersburg. It is a beautiful city with architecture of many different styles. St. Petersburg was almost ...
... a lovely overview of the city, we checked into the Grand Hotel Europe on Nevsky Prospect and had dinner at Café Tsar where I had rare duck breast and stewed sauerkraut. It was a beautiful restaurant. Dinner was with the Schulbergs, Millmans, and Ed and Carole ...
... and other folk art – carvings, pottery,
porcelain, homemade straw figures and many more.
We ate a quick lunch and met Natalia at the Cathedral of the
Spilled Blood. This church was built on
the site where Alexander II was mortally wounded by
revolutionary terrorists in 1881. There had been
several attempts to assassinate the Czar but all had been
unsuccessful. They knew he was coming to
the embankment ...
... gypsy jazz. We spent a great few hours here with two Dutch girls from the hostel, Sophie and Merta, who also joined us for much of our artistic marathon.
We could not have survived this frantic cultural voyage spread across the length of this vast vast city without the extraordinary hospitality of our Russian baboushka ('grandma') at the Apple Hostel. A plump, soft featured old woman who laughed at everything we said even though she understood no English. Perhaps ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMoscow Hotel St. Petersburg
The hotel houses 800+ rooms and is only 8 floors. How is this possible, its done by making the hotel a menacing 200 meters long. it took me at least 15 minutes to walk from the elevator to the room. they need to get scooters or those things they scoot around on at the airport.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Moscow Hotel St. Petersburg
The Moskva - worth it for the location and the breakfast
We last stayed in this hotel in 1990, since when it has been much smartened up. It is rather dull, but very practical. You can have a large breakfast with plenty of choice, always a good start to the tourist day, and you are right next to a metro station, which is an immense convenience in a city with not enough such stations.
There are several restaurants within easy walking distance at the far end of Nevsky Prospect and you can visit the fascinating Alexander Nevsky Monastery just across the street.
As a previous writer said, the small number of prostitutes who sit in a quiet corner of the lobby are no kind of affront to anyone.
Not bad, very doable
Having just stayed in the Hotel Moskva it will say its not bad... the rooms were clean, the bathrooms decent size (good showers) and for what it was it worked. The staff could have been a little friendlier but oh well. THe breakfast was decent, the food was okay and there was a large variety (even if it was very similar from day to day)
While I wouldn't necessarily pick the hotel if I were on a group trip again that was staying there I wouldn't lose sleep worrying about staying there.
Hope that helps...
I liked it
I stayed in this hotel a couple of years ago, and I liked it. I have to say right away that I grew up in St Petersburg, so I didn't really need to ask many questions from the staff. Still when I dealt with the hotel stuff, they were polite - certainly better than I expected given my memories of service in Russia at the time I lived there (before 1978). But... I do speak accent-free Russian, so I guess my requirements are somewhat different. I am also used to Russian food, so I really liked breakfast in the hotel. The hotel also has a hair dresser salon. I tried it for color/cut, and I got excellent service for less than half the price I pay in the US.
Maybe because I am from Russia originally, I didn't pay much attention to drunks; at any rate I am a single woman and at no time did I feel threatened.
I had a renovated room, and while it was small, it was clean and the bathroom was modern. It didn't have an air conditioner, but it had a window fan and a fan. I don't think you get an air conditioned rooms in many centrally located hotels in London or Paris for this price either.
Bottom line. If you can pay for Sheraton or Hotel Europe, do so, but if you can't, this hotel certainly provides as much or more as any similarly-priced centrally located hotel in any big city in Europe .
Good value for money in russian style
I was in Moskva Hotel April 2004 and got a renovated room (now all rooms are renovated) and the room was ok, clean and not so small. I like the athmosphere of hotel, the huge reception, small bars, shops, huge restaurant and even that small night club with "working girls". It remains me "the good old days of Sovjet Union" and my first tour to Leningrad and Moskva Hotel in 1984.
And I like the breakfast, too. So many things to eat, russian style salads, vegetables and lovely cottage cheese. And dark and strong tea and pancakes. I did not eat in the restaurant, but have few beers in the nice cafeteria near reception. And I do not expect excellent service in Russia, they do not have that kind of culture. Trust me, 20 years ago it was even worse.
Metrostation is beside the Hotel and a little kiosk, where they sell beer. It is a russian habit to drink beer from a bottle in the streets. I saw men in the suits doing it in Moscow too. I am from Finland, so maybe that's why I am just used to drunken people in the streets.
So, if You want value for your money (rooms are cheap) and taste of russian culture, stay in Moskva Hotel.
Marja from Finland
Better than expected
I stayed in this hotel on a business trip in January. When I first read the other crits from TripAdvisor I was a little alarmed to say the least. However, the hotel was already booked so I decided to make the best of it. When I got there I am pleased to say that is was considerably better than I anticipated. Yes, it is a tourist class hotel, but at 65 euros per night B&B what do you expect. The hotel lobby was bright and tidy, the rooms on the small side but otherwise very clean and with good basic ameneties. My room was at the back so I didn't get any street noise. The staff were fine - I think the comments on "unhelpful" possibly come from the fact that they speak very little English - I was with a Russian speaker and it was fine. I didn't eat in the restaurant, but the breakfast is OK and I would think most people could find something to eat. The hot food was a bit greasy (with a lot of cabbagy things) but there was fresh bread, cereals, yoghurt, fruit and cold meat and cheese which was perfectly acceptable. For dinner try the Rasputin restaurant about 200m from the hotel - very good and not expensive.
I didn't see any drunks outside the hotel and whilst a few "ladies of the night" position themselves in the lobby (discreetly) ater 10pm, this is quite standard in a lot of Russian hotels.
If you are uncomfortable with this type of hotel, then opt for the more Westernised ones, but you will be paying 3-4x the price.
Shockingly bad hotel
Myself and my fiance stayed in the Hotel Moskva in St Petersburg last year. We booked the Moskva because the room looked very plush on the website and the price was comparable to what we paid in other beautiful hotels such as the Sheraton Palace. The pictures and description of the rooms on the website didn't even vaguely resemble what we got when we arrived.
The hotel is basically set up for mass inflows and outflows of guests; the staff are unbelievably rude and the only time they expect to speak to you is when you register, if you bother them after that they will treat you like you're wasting their time. When you are leaving, you don't check out, you just throw your pass key into a pot at reception.
The food was disgusting and my fiance got food poisoning.
The air conditioning didn't work in our room so we had to open the windows of the room and we found it impossible to sleep with the noise as there were at least 6 lanes of traffic speeding past the front of the hotel all night (the road was very busy even in the middle of the night). We didn't get any sleep or eat any of the hotel's breakfasts for the duration of our stay (4 days). We wrote a letter of complaint to the hotel enclosing our unused breakfast vouchers (we had prepaid) and they didn't even bother to reply.
I would never stay here again.
Worst Hotel I ever been to
I really didn´t like this Hotel. First of all we paid for a renovated room and we got a standard room.Very old fashion toilets and beds, they tell you there´s a minibar service in the room, but this is not true. There is a fridge but with nothing in it. We discover this the same day we were leaving but no one is giving back our money. The breakfast was disgusting. They have a huge amount of dishes, but believe me if I tell you that I´m sure they were the leftovers of the day before. I coudn´t even drink a cup of tea. There are also two types of breakfast, one is for renovated rooms and the other is for standard rooms (I have no idea if the renovated breakfast is better then the one we had).
More over is far away from the center and there are a lot of drunkards just beside the hotel entrance. The metro station is just beside the hotel but taxis at the hotel are really expensive. More than twenty dollars for a five minutes drive.
The Hotel Moskva is a huge hotel at the end of Nevsky Prospect (the main street in St. Petersburg). It is ideally positioned above a metro station for ease of travelling around the city. I have stayed there twice now (July 02 and Nov 03) and have found on both occasions the staff to be helpful and curteous. It is a tourist class hotel and as such you get what you pay for, but the rooms are clean and tidy with en suite bathrooms, TV's, fridges, safety deposit boxes, etc. Although the rooms are hot, this tends to be the case in most russian places and not all hotels of this class have air-conditioning, but each room has a fan and windows that open - by the way, the bridges in St Pete's go up at night so no traffic noise then!! The breakfast buffet is amazing approx 20 metres of every kind of food you desire, cereals, freshly made blinis, yoghurt, fish, cold meats and breads and many more wierd and wonderful options so something for everyone. There is a currency exchange on site, along with a casino, gift shops, pool room and post office for your postcards home. There is also a great facility where you can book tickets to the theatre or tours round the city or taxis which proved to be reliable and clean. Over the road is the cemetary where Tchaikovsky and Dostoyevsky are buried, along with many other russian poets/writers/composers, etc. which is worth a look round. I would recommend anyone to stay here who is looking for a reasonably priced hotel with good facilities and transport to the city.
The Worst week of my life
Myself and my girlfriend stayed in the Hotel Moskva during our holiday to St Petersburg, Russia. We found the staff in the Hotel Moskva to be the rudest we ever encountered. The airconditioning was out of order in the room and when we enquired we were told to use the fan. This was useless because it didnt cool the room - it just pushed the hot air around. We tried to keep the windows open but the noise from the huge motorway just outside the hotel was horrendous and we couldn't sleep. The hotel seemed to be inhabitated by nothing but dodgy characters and the security staff acted like they would draw a gun and shoot you if you looked at them sideways. On our first night the girl in the restaurant gave me a diet coke so I politely told her it was a regular coke I wanted but she refused to exchange it. My confidence in the hotel was shaken so I decided to do something I had never done before - I decided to check the fire escape route and what do you know, after walking down around 5 flights of stairs, the door at the bottom was locked - talk about a disaster waiting to happen. I found a glass door on the first floor we could break to escape if the worst happened. The breakfast buffet was so bad we couldn't eat it at all (nobody else seemed to either) and I got food poisioning from a chicken kiev in their restaurant and had to be brought to hospital by ambulance (thank you Euromed Clinic - wonderful people). I could tell from the reaction of the good doctors in the Euromed that I was not their first customer referred by the Hotel Moskva. They even mentioned it on the letter they wrote to my doctor in Ireland. As a result of my illness I was barely able to stand up and my girlfriend asked the security officers to help us put our bags into the storage area (which was down steps with no lift) and they told her to get lost very rudely in broken Russian and really frightened her). There's loads more but I dont have the time. We wrote to the Hotel Management around 5 months ago but have not received a reply. Our trip to St Petersburg was ruined by this hotel. Other than that Russia is an amazing place but book the best hotel you can find - its money well spent. I would recommend the Sheraton Palace or the Marriot in Moscow - wonderful hotels.
Wouldn't stay here again....
Industial looking hotel, not to visually pleasing, gave off a dark, cold, communist era feel. The element that hangs out in the area around the hotel isn't the best St Petersburgh has to offer. The hotel staff was less than curtious, WAY LESS. And the phones here are very hard to work.
On the brighter side, there was alot of cheap resturants near by, the hotel breakfast buffet was decent, across the street from the hotel was a great park and cemetery were Doskeyevsky and Tchiovsky are buried, and the St Petersburgh subway is just a few steps away.