Accomodation - Mini-Hotels
Prices for good quality hotels within walking distance of the main sites can be rather expensive in St. Petersburg.
Five star hotels generally charge about 570USD per night for a standard room in high season.
Fortunately there is a less well known option for visitors who want good quality - that is to stay in a mini-hotel
Mini-hotels offer the very same convenient city center location - at the price of about 130 to 300USD per night (high season prices). Naturally prices are less in off season.
I have been in this business for 10 years now and I know the options - their strong and weak points.
I can help you book the best option to suit your budget, and give you an experienced view about any alternatives you may be considering
However, if you prefer to make your own arrangements and just to hire me as a guide, then of couse I do not mind at all. I would just like give you the benefit of my experience and make aware of any options you may not have considered, I will in any case respect your choice.
Mini-hotels - what are they like?
- Have from 3 to 15 rooms.
- All rooms have private WC and showers.
- Breakfast is always included; it is served in a special dining room.
- Such places tend to be spotlessly clean and their workers friendly.
But there are nuances which influence the quality of accommodation offered, and therefore the price:
- 24-hour reception is not a must; in some places the hotel representative comes only for few hours in the morning to serve breakfast, to clean and to help guests with whatever they might need.
- Most are located on 3rd, 4th and 5th floors in buildings without elevators.
- Air-conditioning is a very rare facility.
- The entrance to the building might look shabby and you would never guess there is a hotel inside.
- Internet access for guests might be available, but it is not a must.
- The range of food for breakfast varies correspondingly to the price the mini-hotel, as does the quality of English spoken by the receptionist.
- Rooms can vary - from noisy to very quiet, relatively small to very spacious with high ceilings.
I am not an agent for any place I recommend. My opinion about them is independent and informative. My consultancy is free. Let me know what factors are important for you personally, besides the central location, and I will help to find a mini-hotel that best satisfies them.
- you want to have access to the kitchen facilities in the evening when you return back home;
- you prefer to have a bath, not a shower;
- you want Wi-Fi in your room;
- you smoke;
I have worked with tourists for 10 years, and so unavoidably witnessed what they like and dislike about their accommodation. I know more than Internet advertising materials will tell you.
For groups of 4 to 15 people
I highly recommend small groups to consider mini-hotels for accommodation. I believe that for small groups they are an even better option than 5 star hotels, for the following reasons:
- We can always find a hotel of such size that you will have most, if not all, of the rooms there.
- You will get all the advantages of a hotel i.e. daily room cleaning, ready breakfast, a receptionist to help.
- You will not need to pay extortionate prices for a cup of tea or a glass of beer in the evening, when you returned back from a long day's sightseeing. In fact soft drinks in such places are usually complimentary. You can bring beer from the nearby supermarket or even to ask a receptionist to do it for you.
- You will have space for staying together and chatting in the evenings - using the breakfast room as if in were your private sitting room. You are welcome to bring with you take-aways.
- In my experience the service provided is more pleasant and cordial than in 5 star hotels - for the simple reason that it is hard to be personal when you work in a place with over 300 rooms. But it's another story if there are only 5 or 7 rooms. And for the same reason the speed of response to any possible requests from guests is also quicker.