My husband and I rarely stay in the larger chain hotels because we like to experience the country we are visiting. This charming hotel is well situated about two blocks from the metro which is turn is across the street from where we took the Sapsan to Moscow. We arrived on the train from Helsinki and had called the hotel ahead of time to see if they could pick us up. They have their own car with a very nice driver (with limited English, but he tried) and it was quite reasonable at 700 rubles which was added to your hotel bill.
Be aware there is one flight of stairs to reach the reception desk, but then there is a tiny lift in the back of the building which allows you to bring your luggage to your room or they can do it for you. We arrived early and our room was not ready yet, so we left our luggage and they brought it to the room while we went out for a bit. The main boulevard, Nevsky Prospect is a block and a half away and there are any number of restaurants and shops available. This boulevard leads to the Neva River where the Hermitage museum is located. There are trams and buses which run every few minutes or you can take a stroll taking everything in which would take you about a half hour.
The front of the hotel leaves something to be desired as you would never recognize it as a hotel. Looking up, the facade is nice enough, but the actual entryway is lacking. That being said, the room we had was spacious and well-appointed with a small sofa and chair with a table where we had our daily delivered breakfast. You chose what you wanted and the time to be delivered the day before and they call you when they are ready to bring it to you. Very nice.
The bathroom is super modern and also spacious with the shower being a good size and water pressure good. Oh, and there was music piped into the bathroom which you could lower or shut off as your mood suited you.
We requested a room towards the front looking onto Marata Street as we enjoy watching life go by. We opened the windows during the day and it was delightful and then at night closed them for the traffic noise. That did the trick.
They have a tiny little bar which always had someone tending it, no matter what time we happened by on the way to the lift. The various people tending the reception desk were friendly and tried to help you in any way they could. The levels of English varied but they always managed to help. There was one young woman one morning who was less than accommodating when we asked for extra coffee for breakfast. She said it was impossible, but the other girl gave us a look for us to understand that she would do it, and she did. Other than that one particular incident, all the staff were pleasant and helpful throughout our 5 day stay. I would highly recommend the Martin Hotel.
- 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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