Accommodation In Saint Petersburg For Foreign Tourists
Being one of the most beautiful cities in the world
, Saint Petersburg has everything for a fascinating and memorable journey: legendary opera and ballet, art museums and historical architecture, quality restaurants and vivid nightlife. In Saint Petersburg, like in any other major city, tourists are offered a great choice of accommodation from luxury hotels to quite affordable hostels. Accommodation types vary by price, range of service, location and type of guests they aim at.
There are a great number of hotels in the city. Depending on your budget and preferences, you can choose between luxury five-star hotels, moderately priced or budget hostels. Average hotel rates in Saint Petersburg are higher than those in Europe. However, it is quite possible to find affordable prices. You can lodge in the very center of the city along Nevsky Prospect or near the famous Hermitage museum. Some hotels are located in beautiful old historical buildings, while others are modern purpose-built hotels.
Business hotels. If you visit the Northern Capital for a business purpose, business oriented hotels can successfully accommodate your needs. Receiving more and more business guests, such famous hotels as Grand Hotel Emerald and Kempinski Hotel Moika 22, tailor their services and facilities to meet special requirements of their customers. Most of business hotels in Saint Petersburg have well equipped conference rooms, business centres and Wi-Fi internet connection.
Private apartments. A private apartment can be a great alternative to a hotel room especially if you travel with your family. There are plenty of stylish apartments for rent with all necessary things like kitchen equipment, TV and other amenities. Space, comfort and privacy are the main advantages of renting a private apartment. However, the prices are usually lower than those in hotels are. Another positive point is flexible arrival and departure time, while checking into a hotel before 2 p.m. and checking out later than 12 noon without any extra payment might be very difficult. The only thing you need to avoid is renting private apartments from individuals. It is safer to book an apartment in advance through a trusted agency on a contract basis.
Apart-hotels. Apart-hotels, combination of private apartments and hotels, are separate buildings with apartments, specially prepared for rent. Such apartments are fully furnished with self-catering facilities. Lack of usual hotel services is completely compensated by cosiness, privacy and reasonable price. However, some apart-hotels offer house cleaner service on demand and with additional charge. Apart-hotels are suitable solution for families with kids and for a long stay.
Mini-Hotels. There are many small hotels all around the historical centre of Saint Petersburg. Thanks to compact sizes they are able to provide personal attention to their guests than large hotels. The range of services in mini-hotels varies from Bed & Breakfast to usual five-star hotel standard. Some of them offer studios with self-catering kitchens, others - common hotel rooms, which consist of bedrooms and bathrooms.
Hostels. Hostels are the best choice for budget travellers. Cheap, clean and comfortable, hostel rooms are ideal solution for students or individual visitors. They can be shared or private. Many of hostels in Saint Petersburg are owned or managed by westerners, who know how to meet requirements of European and U.S. travellers.
Whichever accommodation type you choose, make sure it is in a good location, close to the city centre and with easy transportation access. If you are planning to visit Saint Petersburg in high season, such as White Nights, it is better to book a suite or an apartment in advance.
Copyright (c) 2010 Oleg Shkaruta
by: Oleg Shkaruta
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