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“If Academy Garden had a twin property every place...”
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The 10 arched windows at the front of our apartment
The enfilade at the front of our apartment
Ceiling detail
Wallpaper in room with balcony
Main living room
Light in the enfilade at the front of the apartment
Dining room
Dining room
Railings,columns, snow: winter wiew of the garden in front of our front windows
The sphinxes on the embankment of the main river,in front of the Academy of Arts (atthe end of our street)
Plan of our apartment
Main living room
Main living room
Bedroom with Dutch stove
Bedroom with Dutch stove
Second living room (leading to bedroom with Dutch stove)
View of garden oppposite (from bedroom with Dutch stove)
Bathroom for bedroom with Dutch stove
Large bedroom (wuth ensuite bathroom)
Large bedroom
View of bathroom for large bedroom
Main living room, looking through to bedroom with balcony
Bedroom with balcony
Second living room (this dresser came from a village in the North-West of Russia)
Bedroom with Lotus wallpaper
Bedroom with Lotus wallpaper
Column in the garden of the Academy of Arts
The main river (the embankment is 150 metres from our front door)
Church on embankment of Vasilievsky Island (500 metres from our house)
The garden of the Academy of Arts
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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
St. Petersburg, Northwestern District

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“If Academy Garden had a twin property every place I travel, I'd choose this”
Reviewed 17 September 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Honestly, I'd booked into Hermitage Hotel - then decided to look for something simpler in St Petersburg (in the interest of balancing out our budget) when we booked another posh, historical property in Moscow.

So, so happy we did. This was lovely, it was comfortable, well located on Vasilievsky Island, within a 5-minute walk of the River Neva. It was an easy 15-20 minute walk to Nevsky Prospekt, an arterial road in St Petersburg. And it was a short walk from the metro station with the bonus of stopping at our favourite Kvass store. Kvass btw, is a must-try, mildly alcoholic drink (under 1%) made from dark rye bread.

I suppose this would fit into a Bed & Breakfast category but we felt like we were staying in the really nice apartment of a friend who was out of town. The best part is that John Nicolson, the owner, is scrupulous about providing information to make your trip easier. From organising pick ups to prices, alternatives, info on public transport, maps, all the things you could do in the city he clearly knows and loves.

Early July was a period of white nights and we frequently lost track of time. Managed to catch the opening of the bridges on the River Neva, on our last night there, which was crisp and cold. You get a nice cooked breakfast, and can also stop off in the kitchen and dining room for endless pots of coffee while you read or chat. We met a very warm couple French/German and had opportunity to share wine and cheese and coffee and great conversation on many occasions. We all remember beautiful Tonya who helped us with our bags and all our enquiries, (Should we buy ceramics? Yes. Where is the flea market? Should we camp in the Urals? etc etc) and even printed train tickets for me for the return trip.

You absolutely cannot go wrong with this property. Huge value for money, and so much more.

Date of stay: July 2015
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Liked best: The prompt response time and efficiency and warmth even before we arrived. Plus the stay. 5-star.
Liked least: The lift, which everybody blithely uses.
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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