Here is a possible solution for a budget accommodation in St. Petersburg’s charming — and expensive — city center
It was built starting from early XVIII century in the north-western corner of the then Russian Empire on a then freshly annexed land, following a war.
Some historians believe that the act of building St. Petersburg, which was so close to Scandinavia and Prussian territories, and making it the new capital, was the turning point that transformed Russia from a remote Asian empire into a European country.
St. Petersburg is home to a wonderful and large historic center that makes it the most charming city in Russia. Its center partly resembles Italian and French towns, thanks to architects from those countries who were hired by the tsars and helped designing it.
Such beauty and charm, however, don’t come without a price. Although Russia is still a convenient country for westerners, an accommodation in St. Petersburg’s center can cost well over $100.
My loophole to that was Nevsky Inn. Nevsky Inn is a Bed and Breakfast located not only in the center of the center, but also literally a few steps apart from main attractions, like the Hermitage, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and others.
My stay spanned one night. Price, including breakfast, was RUB 2,000, which is US$65, or €50.
Although Nevsky Inn is officially located on Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg’s main street, its entrance is in Kirpichny Pereulok, 2. The small door is completely anonymous and I even had problems in locating it the first time. However, such an entrance is a good asset. It is literally in front of the subway stop (line 5, stop: Admiralteyskaya), which is good in a city with high crime rates as St. Petersburg. No need to walk in dark streets at night between subway and hotel.
Nevsky Inn is plain and cozy at the same time. It is not a luxury hotel and yet comfortable. It is located inside an old building. Climbing its stairs is like walking in the Old Russia (see picture). On the other hand, the hotel itself is modern and recently renovated.
Ms. Olga received me and showed me my room. The hotel is endowed with wi-fi free internet. The kitchen can be freely used by guests to cook their own food if they want to. I didn’t use it, as I had in mind to direct myself to the nearest Russian restaurant and have some St. Petersburg’s food. That’s another story thou.
If you stop by at Nevsky Inn and need stamps, which apparently aren’t sold in souvenir shops, ask hotel staff, and they will help you.
My room at Nevsky Inn
The room came with two separate beds. It was simply yet nicely furnished on a brown/mustard theme. The drapes were definitely my favorites (see picture below). An in-room bathroom with a shower was part of it. There was a small TV.
It was not very warm (St. Petersburg is chilling in February), therefore bring with you warm pajamas or ask Ms Olga for additional blankets.
You can see pictures of the room and common spaces below.
I will write an article about St. Petersburg. You will read some interesting information there. However, if you have time and money, instead of reading my report I recommend you to just go there and visit the most beautiful city in Russia. It is worth it, guaranteed. Maybe you’ll stay at Nevsky Inn as well.
This article is not sponsored by the hotel here described and it exclusively originates from author’s personal experience and opinions.
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