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6:00 a.m. - ick! The train leaves at 6:30 - it's early but the end result is St.Petersburg. It took about 7 hours to get there. We passed through the Finnish countryside which is forested and beautiful. Lots of lakes, too. Every once in a while I would catch a glimpse of a house nestled in the woods. On the train we were given a Russian immigration …
... flight to Russia!
To be honest I think Jack and I were a bit flat about the long trip home but that changed pretty quickly...
As we waited to get off the plane after it had landed in St Petersberg the lady beside us began to chat with us. She was a local and asked what we were doing. When we told her we were catching the train to China she was really excited and told us that before she was married she worked for a geology firm out in Siberia and she ...
... tears starting to well up in my eyes, I thought I would be stuck in transit forever!! It's amazing how melodramatic you become with serious jet lag. But i was sure I understood them correctly in Madrid when i thought they told me they had booked a flight for the Thursday but it obviously wasn't with LAN Peru. I located the airline that they had booked it with, nice of them to tell me BTW, and paid the airport tax, for departing a country I wasn't suppose to visit in ...
... rooms. It has a big kitchen/living room and bar where we can find breakfast every morning. Well morning has many meanings, but here it means breakfast until around 3pm and I usually meet other people from the hostel at breakfast around 12, 1pm. :)
The owner of the hostel has a few other businesses going on around the city and since our hostel is not so big and some visitors stay for longer (like us for 5 weekends or a few ...
St. Petersburg. This vibrant city is said to be (arguably) one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is often referred to as the Venice of the North or the Paris of the East. This city has crammed a massive amount of history in to its paltry 300 years existence. From Peter I through to the Siege of Leningrad, the city has seen much drama, intrigue, treachery as well as glamour, over indulgence and the odd rich oligarch!!
St. Petersburg, Petrograd, Leningrad then back ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pushka Inn St. Petersburg
Stayed at the Pushka for 3 nights at the beginning of June,2007. The hotel is very conveniently located to some major sights including the Hermitage, boat to the Peterhof, Pushkin's apartment, and Church of the Spilled Blood . The Aurora, St. Issac's and Kazan Cathedral are also do-able depending upon how much you like to walk.
I chose this hotel based on comments in TripAdvisor, and also because of its very central location. What a great choice! We later found out that many of the well known hotels are several miles from the city centre (which in this city's traffic means a long drive!), but in contrast the Pushka Inn is just a minute's walk from the Neva River, Hermitage Museum and Theatre, and Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood, and 5 minutes walk to Nevsky Prospect. The restaurant is excellent, whether for a snack, drink or large meal (and 20% price reduction if staying in the hotel); I'd recommend those visiting the sites around the Hermitage to come here for lunch or dinner! Hotel itself seemed safe, and rooms were very clean. The only downside was that throughout one night there were endless 'party' boats with blaring music on the canal right outside our window - and with the heatwave and no AC, this meant windows open and a sleepless night. (Being almost June, the almost white nights probably didn't help either - but I can't blame the latitude on the hotel). I guess one could ask for a room on the courtyard side, away from the canal, but then you would miss the views. Our next two nights were quieter and we could not fault the hotel in any way. To sum up - if I came to St Petersburg again, I would definitely stay at this hotel. (But I'd take earplugs)
Clean, Nice staff, great location
Spontaniously went to St. Peterburg and took a cab looking for a hotel. After looking at ridiculously overpriced hotels in the downtown area (USD 400-600), i accidentally found this hotel. It is a cozy, very neat and clean hotel. Staff was nice and attentive to my needs (called for a cab, reserved tickets, etc.). Room was clean and very quiet. Best of all - it's 1 minute walking distance to the Hermitage and it is located right on the Moyka river. All rooms with river view were taken but you can ask to reserve a room with a view. Continental breakfast was included. Rooms have TV, internet, AC.
Ich bin ja ein bisschen frech, weil ich ja eigentlich nicht in dem Hotel übernachtet habe. Wir haben hier aber drei Mal gegessen und waren von dem Restaurant so beeindruckt, dass ich es hier gerne bewerten will. Das Essen war herrlich; es gab eine ausgezeichnete Auswahl; das Restaurant war sauber und behaglich; von den Tischen am Fenster hatte man eine schöne Aussicht; das Personal war ausgezeichnet, sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit, vor allem Anna. Wenn das irgendetwas aussagt, würde ich das Hotel mit Sicherheit ausprobieren. Die Lage ist reizvoll und es war wunderbar, den Palastplatz (etwa 1 Minute zu Fuß entfernt) abends beleuchtet zu sehen. Im April geht die Sonne erst um 21 Uhr unter und der Himmel war lange nach dem Abendessen noch blau.
This is a bit of a cheek, as I didn't actually stay at the hotel. However, we did eat here three times and were so impressed by the restaurant that I would like to post this anyway. Lovely food, excellent choice, clean, comfortable, nice views from the window tables, excellent loos and very friendly and helpful staff, especially Anna. If this is anything to go by I would certainly try the hotel. It has a lovely location and it was wonderful to see Palace Square (about 1minutes walk away) all lit up at night. In April the sun doesn't set until 9pm so the sky was still blue well after dinner.
C'est un peu impertinent de ma part car je n'ai pas réellement séjourné dans cet hôtel. Cependant, nous y avons mangé 3 fois et nous avons été tellement impressionnés par le restaurant que j'ai tenu à faire un commentaire.
We had a difficulty deciding where to stay in St Petersburg without any guidance from a travel agent, which is the way we like to work. We were afraid to stay someplace too 'cheap' due to russian standard being different than America so we opted for a higher price range than we normally would. We wanted a more 'local' experience and decided not to stay in a international chain hotel. We found the Pushka after much research.
Stayed there in late Nov, when the weather was dark and cold, and people generally gloomy. Booked over the phone, changed the booking later - all no probs.
Superb in every way
We stayed in the Pushka Inn in early June 2006 after enduring four nights in the Intourist-style Pulkovskaya on the airport road. What a contrast! The staff were friendly and obliging, the room was modern yet with a sense of heritage, and we were bowled over by the wide windowsills where you could sit and look over the canal to Palace Square. It's just 1 minute's walk from the Hermitage, just 5 minutes from Nevsky Prospekt. There's an unambitious but very acceptable restaurant on the ground floor and the wireless internet access in the room worked fine. An ideal base for exploring the city. If I were to go back to St Petersburg I'd stay there in a shot.