For our family of 8 it was just perfect. The location near the metro an the Nevsky street, was also perfect.
We could walk to diferent museums, churches and theaters.
Thed hotel is very elegant and well maintained with excellent English speaking personel. The only thing I missed was having a shower since it is difrficult to climb into and out of the bathtub.
This is a great hotel right on Nevsky Prospect. It isnt that easy to spot - the directions on the website are out of date (the shop/bar they mention have changed) - a sign outside would be helpful! You walk through a metal gateway opposite the Nevsky Palace hotel, signs are all for Hotel Anabel. Sign over the door is also Hotel Anabel, Nevsky Contour is on the 3rd floor of that building. You dont see any signs for Nevsky Contour until you get inside the lift. Having said that the locals are really helpful and will point you in the right direction.
Our room was beautiflly clean and all in pristine condition. Not the prettiest or plushest hotel I've ever stayed in but we certainly had no complaints. Breakfast was basic but adequate.
We would have liked a bit more information from the staff at the front desk - there were no leaflets about tourist attractions and when we asked questions the staff looked things up on the internet. I'd read a review from someone who'd got an entry voucher from Peterhof from his hotel - the Nevsky staff were unable to help with anything like that. Also my friend had her purse & phone stolen by a pickpocket - despite this being a common occurrence the Nevsky staff couldnt tell us how to report it to the police. Again they just looked up the local police station on the internet, which resulted in a wild goose chase. Russian customer service isnt like Europe - you just have to accept that!
great hotel, staff is friendly and professional. I stayed at their only 2 room apartment unit which was very convenient, it has a separate entrance from hotel courtyard, two large bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, 2 full bathrooms etc. Hotel location is unbeatable, its only a block from Nevsky prospect and a metro station. I did not use their restaurant so cant comment on that.
From check in til check out, the entire staff at this boutique hotel, ideally located on the premiere Nevsky Prospect avenue, went all out to welcome me and make my 15 night stay as pleasant as possible.
I went on recommendation of a colleague and will also gladly recommend this hotel to other travelers.
At only 29 rooms, and never fully occupied, there was always quiet and privacy. It is family friendly, and once I even saw a dog with a guest. The room is smaller and unlike most American hotels/motels, but nicely furnished and lacked nothing significant. This was a first time/only time visit to Russia. My friend lives in St Petersburg and served as a tour guide, but the front desk staff helped with concierge assistance with knowledge and good attitude. For convenience, there is a metro stop almost next door and bus stops 100m up or down the boulevard. I felt quite the foreigner in the city center, as this (late December) is not high tourist season. Not enough English used locally. I was able to visit many exhibitions, restaurants, shops, museums, churches and palaces....and the ballet. The downsides of the experience included dreary and sloppy winter weather, little sunshine, crowded public transportation (but shorter queues at museums) and a surprising lack of enough use of English everywhere. I fell victim to pick pockets on New Years Eve, and lost my wallet (never carry your passport, IDs or credit cards!). The hotel helped with a police report.
We (two friends) stayed at the Akyan Hotel in St Petersburg for seven nights. The Akyan is on Vosstaniya Street, close to the Nevsky Prospect and Moscow Railway Station. There is a 24 hour supermarket next door and an excellent cafe (Bushe) right across the street. Although centrally located, Vosstaniya Street is quiet and we had no street noise in our room. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes within a short walk. So, Akyan guests are spoiled for choice. The staff are friendly and helpful and the Akyan has a lift. We had a deluxe double room that we found on the small side. The two twin beds were rather small and too close together. Our room came with breakfast. I found the breakfast OK; but a bit strange, e.g. salads, baked omelets, sausages that were really hotdogs. My friend liked the breakfast. However, I had to go to Bushe every morning to get a cappuccino and a freshly baked pastry. One night when we were very tired we ate at the Akyan restaurant. Neither of us liked our meal. I had the Beef Stroganoff that I am sure came out of a can. Take my advice, no matter how tired you are, walk the hundred meters or so to a nearby restaurant. I highly recommend Gamardzhoba, a Georgian restaurant on 16 Vosstaniya.
Nevskiy Prospekt, the magnetic heart of St. Petersburg, was planned by French architect Alexandre Jean Baptiste LeBlond while working for Peter the Great. Stretching from the historic Admiralty in the north to the Alexander Nevsky Monastery, the street is renowned for its splendid architecture and famous former patrons, such as Tchaikovsky, Gogol, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Nijinsky.