Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya St Petersburg
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Tonight the ship's entertainment are the MacDonald Brothers from Scotland. They were on the X-Factor a few years ago. Very talented.
To bed early, as Helsinki, Finland is our next port and it is an early tour.
... Russian Premiere League. Something that is also interesting about Zenit....it is owned by Gazprom...which is owned by the Russian Government. Can you imagine what would happen if Obama used the post office to buy the New England patriots? Because thats basically what happened in Russia with hardly any public complaining. Gazprom and its group of Gazprom related companies (gazprombank, etc.) take up almost all the marketing in the stadium and on the tickets, something that ...
... we made our way up to the palace to tour the rooms. The rooms are kept as they were when it was a summer palace used by the royal family. This is when having Natasha was such a valuable investment. She explained all the rooms and uses, and even negotiated with the security people to get us a good place in line, ahead of the large tour groups. The interesting things we learned about the palace and the Romanov family are as follows:
- Peter the Great fell in love with ...
... or kneel, they must not sit.
We have early admission to the Hermitage Museum, part of which is the former winter palace. It is a place that you could spend days going from room to room looking at the collections of artifacts and paintings and tapestries and listening to the stories that go with them but thankfully we only have 2 hours!
Today we have Russian Pie at Stolle's for lunch. They are quite tasty but the 'pastry' is like ...
... marble, as well as malachite and lapis lazuli. There are also paintings, mosaics, and beautiful stained glass windows. The huge marble columns along the exterior were brought to the construction site via the river, rolled on their sides to the site, and then lifted by elaborate pulley systems to drop them into place.
We dragged ourselves back to the ship ready to rest and digest all that we had seen, as well as prepare for a second day of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya St Petersburg St. Petersburg
We stayed at this hotel as part of a package tour to Russia earlier this year, therefore we had no choice as to where we stayed. Having been very pleasantly surprised in Moscow, we were hoping for the same in St Petersburg - alias, this was not to be. For a tour of only 2 people (all pre-paid and booked in Australia), we had mix-ups left, right and centre. Not major ones admittingly, but enough to throw you in a foreign country. For a major hotel on many a package brochure, it all seemed very disorganised and with the acception of a few, the staff very unconcerned. The hotel itself is massive and a rabbit warren of rooms. The meals served were OK but nothing exceptional. There was a lot of construction happining at the hotel during our stay and this happened 24/7. One of the things that the hotel does have going for it is the free-shuttle bus into the centre of St Petersburg. We used this a few times and had no problems at all. You are dropped off and picked up at the Kazan Cathedral which is in walking distance to most of the major sites in the city. St Petersburg I might add - is beautiful. In all, not the worst hotel I have ever stayed at but definately not the best.
Very nice and really not that far out,if you can manage the metro 10minute walk.
I would highly recomend this hotel.It is about a ten minute walk to the metro and from there you can go anywhere.I have stayed in St. Petersburg twice in 2005 and this experience was better than the first by far.The food was great,staff very helpful and room clean and nice and for the price you can not beat it,really this is the one to stay at.i did however have a problem with the ATM machine at this hotel,but the staff tried there best to fix it,it really was not thee problem,but be careful at these machines,its best to use a banks machine if needed.
Nothing to Write Home About
Our tour group spent 3 nights here. The lobby, restaurant and staff are all very nice. Rooms were mediocre at best. Location is horrible. Not only are you way out from the city, you are surrounded by dilapidated apartment complexes. Sure it's by the water but that isn't much of a selling point in November. Still, it worked out fine since we were with a tour and our bus picked us up each day. If I were travelling independently it would have been a pain. Then again, hitchhiking is the thing to do there. It's very safe and very cheap. Take 5 minutes to just stand on any street in town and watch everyone do it. Bottom line, there are much better options in town.
Stayed 1 night on 1st August 2005 in the Hotel Pribaltiiskaya in St. Petersburg to commence our Russian holiday. It is quite a distance from the centre- local bus and metro. Like most Russian hotels it is enormous. Rooms were pleasantly bigand well serviced. Our view was to the front of the Hotel which was of concrete. We had a very good meal and service in the restaurant which was open planned for all to see. The breakfast was buffet styled in an enormous function room. You could sit at any of the large tables which held about ten. The receptionists were pleasant and very helpful. There is a small supermarket to the left of the hotel where coke and water was cheap even thought you spoke through a window. Not much to do in hotel or surroundings and you would have to arrange a few trips which we did. All in all a good experience.
this hotel is so far out in its own little island-it is impossible to get around.Tip number one---book a hotel that is on mainlain--you can see the st petersburg map-All bridges go up for the trade ships and it makes it impossible to get to airport-if you have an early morning flt---i happen to ck online and did see the times -i belibe bridges up 4am to 6am--not sure ck on this--the point being-we had to go to airport at 330am to avoid the bridges and we had a 6am flt--airport closed so you have to wait outside on sidewalk---anyway---location of this hotel not good---view is great all water around you--They have a free shuttle bus to town-to flea market-but was always full--we finally got on one morning and was told it wasnt for our tour grp---it was a fee you paid in the tour to use the hotel bus--we fought witht he manager-as they didnt have a problem with us spending money at the bar/restaurants-we were the youngest grp at the time--30/40 s age grp.
I will not waste too much space on pointing out that, in Russian culture, smiling to strangers is considered a sign of mental infirmity. Smiling is considered a sign of affection that is only reserved for friends and family and is seldom directed towards brief acquaintances. That being said, more of the staff than not at Pribaltiyskaya, as with most destinations in Russia, speak only broken English. If you are not the type of traveler to leave your Western comfort zone and dive into a language and culture not based in Latin or German Pribaltiyskaya Hotel is not for you. If putting a little effort into your communications is not a problem for you, something one must do everywhere in Russia unless a personal translator is always at hand, then you will find that the well kept rooms are more than worth the effort. Know that, if anything, the rooms will get a little too warm during the winter and spring months (an open window will solve this in only minutes). The food in the restaurants and bars is quite good and the computer service in the business center is better than most, but it is a little expensive. Wireless internet is available free of charge in many locations. One complaint that is valid is the Pribaltiyskaya's distal location from St. Petersburg proper; however, the view from the hotel onto the Finnish gulf is beautiful enough to make up for any geographical inconvenience. One last note, in the spring of 2005 the Pribaltiyskaya was in the early stages of construction of an indoor (heated) water park as part of their facilities.
Stayed here in 2001 with Intourist. This hotel exempifies what Intourist do badly. While our Moscow experience was good our Intourist guide here picked us up off the overnight train and took us on a long trip to this hotel. She was unable or unwilling to get us access to our rooms or even anywhere the hotel could provide temporarily for us to freshen up. Hence we were forced into a city tour before there was any possibility of us checking in! Totally disgraceful.
Uncomfortable and bad value
I am Engish and expect at least a modicum of good manners from hotel staff. No one at Pribaltiyskaya could display this basic attribute. During the five days we spent there we could not conjure up a real smile from them, until they pestered us trying to sell vodka and caviar at breakfast, when a hideous false grimace was proffered. Requests for help were met with up front rudeness. The food was heavy, coarse and to my taste, quite repulsive. It was also very poor value indeed. What a pity that Voyages Jules Verne downgraded our hotel to this one without consultation. There must be better ones in St Petersburg: in fact I know this to be so from friends who were lucky enough to stay at one such. The tourist trade would collapse if all hotels were like this low grade production line.
This hotel is in the middle of nowhere, 25 minutes from downtown and far from Metro. Shuttle bus to downtown only 4 times per day. Last one is at 7PM so you can't eat downtown. Rooms are fairly large. Our TV was broken. Required two attempts to get if fixed. Restaurants in hotel were fair. Most of the restraurants listed in the hotel directory do not exist anymore. Pay more and stay near downtown where restraurants and attractions are.