The best location A review of Nevsky Grand Hotel
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.