Great location & very pleasant hotel A review of Nevsky Grand 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)