Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden
Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
Well here we are in St Petersburg, Russia. Once known as Leningrad.
We left Tallinn this morning just prior to 7am and headed for the Estonia/Russian Border.
We were warned again on how to behave and how the procedure would pan out.
3 check points, first one in Estonia.
Our bus driver managed to pass 2 …
... as beautiful as the gardens outside the Peterhof Palace about 40 minutes away. We didn’t have time to go inside the palace, which I heard paled in comparison to the other palaces, but it is known for its gardens. Peter the Great, like I mentioned before, was fascinated with assimilating Russia with European styles and technology and he brought over the engineers who knew how to make fountains, which were the newest fad at the time. He ordered for his gardens to be filled with so ...
... particularly the dome. It's a shame I didn't take any pictures, I don't really like taking pictures in religious places, feels a little disrespectful. After Kazan cathedral I went to the church of the saviour on blood. Such a gruesome name for a church but the building was nice, it looked like St. Pete's own version of the St. Basil's cathedral in red square. Lovely building. Then it was on to the main event, the Hermitage. The Hermitage museum ...
The second day in this historical city was spent visiting the summer and winter palaces.
The summer palace is about 20 kms west of the city on the coast. After donning on plastic overshoes it was off for a guided tour of the palace. The palace was only built as a place to receive guests and wine and dine them and to impress them.
These guests were certainly impressed by the sheer size ...
... line with mine & there are three 12 year old(ish) Russians in with us too... Random?? So who are these people??? Well I should start from the beginning: So the plane literally flew in to St petersburg through a rainbow yesterday (what a good sign eh) and i was picked up by a friend of the hostels, Elena, in her taxi... well just her car basically. She drove like an absolute maniac & to the Pirates of the Caribbean theme tune?? Was kinda ace tho, when I ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
TravelPod Member ReviewsOriginal Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden St. Petersburg
About 20 to 30 minutes to walk to city centre which is good considering the size of the city but for the weak at walking, the subway is readily available. Gorgeous hotel, great breakfast, wonderful service.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.