I cannot say enough good things about this place. I enjoyed my 8 days at this hotel very much and will stay there again when I am in town. Location is good, right off Nevsky in a decent part of town, not far from Vosstaniya and the Moscow station. Lots of restaurants and cafes in the area. The main tourist sights are about a mile or a mile-and-a-half down Nevsky. (I recommend walking it. It's a great walk and the whole avenue is full of palaces and canals.) The room was small by American standards but I suspect it was fair-sized for Russia. It had exposed brick, French doors and a balcony overlooking Marata ulitsa. It felt very Russian and cozy. The bathroom was meticulously and spotlessly cleaned, like new, every day. (The shower floor was tilted away from the drain, causing water to pool in the shower. I never mentioned it, but the folks who cleaned the rooms would come in and squeegee the thing every day and not only was the water gone, but you would swear the shower had never been used before.) The staff were very friendly and went out of their way to be accommodating. They put up with my egregious Russian which I insisted on speaking and recommended some Russian dishes to try in restaurants and told me how to pronounce the words.
Airport access was not a problem. A driver will pick you up at the airport and take you back. I paid 1500 rubles each way, a total of about $100 round trip - a little more than what I pay for round-trip cab fare from my Atlanta apartment to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and back.
The hotel is in an old building so it is not perfect, but it was streets beyond what I expected from a Russian hotel, and it was very reasonably priced even by American standards. It's not the Radisson or the Marriot - it's a locally-owned boutique hotel. But if you are a little adventurous I highly recommend this place. It's a good value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Martin Hotel is a brand-new small design-hotel offering a modern set of amenities and 24-hour hospitality in the heart of St.Petersburg. Its designer interior is a stylish combination of classical colours and natural materials. A perfect choice of hotel for leisure or business. Hotel is handily located in the very city historic, cultural and business centre, a couple of steps away from Nevsky Prospect, Mayakovskaya metro station and Moscow Railway Station, within a walking distance from St.Petersburg main landmarks. ... more less
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