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Historical Traveler Reviews Nevsky Grand Hotel St. Petersburg
Ubicazione fantastica. Prezzo accessibile. Staff cordiale.
L'hotel è vicinissimo alla Prospettiva Nevsky, la strada principale di San Pietroburgo. La camera era pulita ed era stata rinnovata di recente. Il bagno era piccolo ma pulito. Il personale è cordiale, solo non aspettatevi che parlino l'inglese. La colazione non è male. Hanno la connessione Internet wireless ai piani terzo e quarto, non ancora al secondo.
Hotel Nevsky 22 was a great value. The location was in the heart of the city, within walking distance to many of the top attractions. The hotel room was small but comfortable. The complimentary breakfast was served in a Japanese restaurant on the floor below and included a good selection of cereals, breads, meats, cheeses and hard boiled eggs but save room for the delicious pishki (a Russian beignet of sorts) and coffee at the little cafe across the street from the hotel. They are fresh and delicious and only cost a few rubles. The cafe doesn't have a name but you can spot it by the neon pepsi sign in the window.
Small yet Clean
Nevsky 22 is by all means in the center of town. Its a B&B place. Rooms are dinky for want of a smaller term. Very clean and each floor has a dedicated maid. Most of the maids we met over our 6 day stay were nice and efficient, but spoke no english. They do work 24 hours so getting in late is no issue. Breakfast is simple yet sufficient, good choice of coffee.
We had issues with management when we only enquired about a tour and the next morning got a call saying the driver was waiting for us. when we clarified that we had only enquired, the girl on the other end got acrimonious and threteaned us with all kinds of dire concequences. Matter was finally settled for a few euros, but this truly left a bad taste.
Culturally the city is fantastic, with the Heritage, St. Isaacs and Neva bridge opening being must see.
In general, SPB seems to be a broad spectrum city with people splurging money on one side and others who will steal for a meal. We had a few unpleasant episodes including loosing a wallet with euros and cards - this happened on Nevsky Prospekt the town's premier street.
While friendly enough, the city is not the greatest place for brown skinned folk. One advices caution with money, travel and being alone on streets late night. Ideally find a friend or contact from your city/country and go by their advice.
Great location & very pleasant hotel
My wife & I spent 3 nights in this hotel, and considering the price & location, were very impressed. We booked over the internet & the hotel arranged our invitation to Russia, which is needed to get a visa. They also arranged for a driver to pick us up from the train station on arrival from Helsinki. The reception staff speak English but most other staff don't. However, we found all staff unfailingly polite & helpful. The rooms are small but very clean with individual air conditioners (much to our surprise, it was very hot in July) Security is excellent with CCTV entry to all floors at all times. The hotel is only a short distance from the Hermitage & other attractions.
Historic St Petersburg is beautiful & the city seems to be booming. Everybody was friendly and helpful and we didn't encounter any of the problems you get warned about . (we're aged 59/61 but never felt at risk anywhere)
Great location. Reasonable rate. Friendly service.
The hotel is very close to Nevsky Prospect. Room was recently renovated and clean. Small and clean bath.
Service is friendly, just don't expect everyone to speak english.
Breakfast is ok. They have wireless internet on the 3rd and 4th floor, not yet on 2nd floor.
Wunder-, wunderschöne Stadt
Es war das kleinste Zimmer, in dem ich je gewesen bin. Nachdem das nun raus ist, es war sehr sauber und das Badezimmer, wenn auch recht klein, war neu. Wir bekamen mit unserer Buchungsbestätigung eine Wegbeschreibung, demzufolge war eine Metrostation am Flughafen. Das ist Quatsch, man muss vom Flughafen aus mit dem Bus zur Metro. Das Hotel war in fabelhafter Lage, sehr nahe and den meisten Sehenswürdigkeiten.
Großartige Lage, großartiges Hotel
Was für eine angenehme Überraschung. Wir fuhren vor einem typischen alten und sterilen Gebäude vor und eine Treppe führte zu einem alten Fahrstuhl. Wir nahmen den Fahrstuhl zum dritten Stock - man muss erst eingelassen werden. Wir öffneten die Tür und sahen einen charmanten Gang voller Zimmer, einem Cafe und einem Empfang. Wir hatten die einzige Suite gebucht - komplett mit Sauna und Jacuzzi. Das Zimmer war groß, schön eingerichtet und sauber.
Die Lage war am besten - man konnte alles zu Fuß erreichen. Die anderen Zimmer waren eher klein und hatten zwei Einzelbetten, aber der Service war ausgezeichnet, die Mädels am Empfang waren außergewöhnlich. Man sollte für die Fahrt vom Flughafen zum Hotel nicht mehr als 500-550 Rubel bezahlen - uns ist mehr als das Doppelte abgeknöpft worden!! Ein schönes, kleines kontinentales Frühstück ist im Preis inbegriffen, dies wirk in dem sonnigen Cafe serviert.
Alles in allem ein großartiges Hhotel - nehmen Sie die Suite, es lohnt sich!!!
The best location
We, a family group stayed at the Nevsky 22 for four nights in early June with 2 rooms booked.
We arrived from the airport (I had booked a transfer for 4 adults for 68 euros), and they could only find one of the two booked rooms listed on their computer. Fortunately they had a spare room for one night and told us to check the next day about the other nights, so eventually we had all nights covered.
One of the rooms was quite small, with a small bathroom, and sitting on the toilet with feet into shower! The second room was much larger, with a shower in the bath. Rooms were kept very clean.
Each floor is like a separate hotel, with its security door and breakfast room. Our floor was manned by a very serious young girl. We did try to get a smile out of her - no luck there. We had our breakfasts on the floor where our daughter had her room. It was much friendlier.
Breakfasts were basic but adequate.
The main reception was on floor 3 and staff there were very helpful when we needed information about tours. Only other problem we had was on checking out. They thought we had not paid for the missing room. On our paperwork for this hotel, it stated that each room had been fully paid. We eventually had this sorted out, and we did get some sort of apology for their mistakes.
The hotel is in a great position. 50 metres to the Nevsky Prospect and located between the Hermitage and the Church of Spilled Blood.
I had been vigorously discouraged by several travel agents on travelling independently in Russia - problems with language, strict visa requirements, dangerous, but I have to say we encountered no problems. I researched the visas, and applied directly to the Russian Consulate in Australia and they were issued within the time we had paid for. We had no problem making ourselves understood, even at little streetside food kiosks. I had heard many stories of pickpockets, muggings, police thuggery, and we encountered none of this. My daughter and I even went to the flea market, which we were warned was rife with pickpockets.
Be aware that most museums close one or two days a week. (Usually on a day that suits them, not always the same day). We had planned on visiting St Isaacs, only to find it closed.
Nevsky 22 is a good little hotel, just don't expect too much luxury. Things are done differently in Russia. Which I guess is why we all want to see it.
Beautiful beautiful city
It was the smallest room we have ever stayed in. Having said that it was very clean and bathroom although small was new. Directions given to us when received our confirmation told us metro was at the airport. This is rubbish, a journey by bus takes you to Metro from airport. It was a fabulous situation, very near most of main sight seeing attractions.
Great Location, Great Hotel
What a pleasant surprise after we pulled up to a typically old building and Sterile, staircase leading to an old elevator. We took the elevator to the third floor- you have to be buzzed in along the whole process. We opened the door to a charming floor of rooms, a cafe and reception desk. We had booked the only suite- complete with a sauna and Jacuzzi tub. The room was large and well decorated and clean. Location was the best- walk to everything. The other rooms were smallish with twin size beds, but service was excellent, the girls at the front desk exceptional. Do not pay more than 500-550 rubles to get to the hotel from the airport- we were overcharged by double!! Nice little continental breakfast included served in the sunny cafe
Overall a great hotel- get the suite- it's worth it!!!