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Happy Pushkin

3.0 out of 5.0

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Unique cozy mini hotel with clean nicely decorated rooms and bathrooms. No tea or coffee pot which is minus for me. Breakfast is tasty and choices are great. All tourist attractions are in close walking proximity. You can order good quality food on-line from near by restaurants as you are staying in city centre- it will save you money. There is Menshikov Palace practically across the river Neva- nice to visit and an opportunity to get discount to next door restaurant Mein Herz. You can go for business lunch there from 12pm-5pm and choose from two sets of dishes- tasty and cheap.

For those that are happy to walk the hotel is well situated on the banks of the Neva. One can catch a trolley bus (No 5) to the Winter Palace from the square about 2 minutes away. There is parking in the courtyards. The Reception desk was always staffed with happy people. An issue we had with the hotel was the long walk to the bedrooms from the reception, down some steps, through two internal courtyards to exit with a pass card onto the rear street and re-enter their premises with the same pass card through an adjacent doorway. It was then up a flight of stairs to a lift to rise two storeys, exit and walk the plush red corridor with strange pictures of Pushkin's life or still life flower bowls to exit into a undecorated stairway and climb to the next floor and walk its identical red plush corridor to the prescribed rooms. The heavy case was at least carried for me. As breakfast was near Reception one had to remember to take everything for the day with you or trudge the route all over again. The rooms were excellent dressed in red with dark wood and well heated. The bathrooms modern clean and with very hot water. Breakfast included sausage etc on the hot plate along with an assortment of cold plates and toast. Above average except for the fried eggs which were too greasy by far. We ate in the hotel restaurant the first night (only customers) and had some fun finding out what one could select from the standard menu that was in stock. It reminded us of the supply stories of the Soviet regime. However what we got was amazingly good. A starter of sprats on toast and a cheese battered leg of a gigantic rabbit more than satisfied me. The price of the hotel in St Petersburg's scale was mid-range and affordable.

I read a review of this hotel before we booked, which said it was a "mixed bag." I have to say I agree with that description. The hotel is a bit kitschy and our room was in a separate building from the reception and dining room, but those details were not an issue for us. In fact, we thought the walkway between buildings, with the sunbathing cats, had a certain charm. The primary issue for our rating is that we were without hot water for two full days of our 5-night stay. The first day, when we arrived from London, we immediately went sightseeing and to dinner. Thus, when we returned to our room late and realized there was no hot water, we asked our Russian son-in-law to check on it in the morning and just went to bed. The next morning, he did check and was told that we needed to let the water run for about an hour and it would get hot. After about 2 hours, it was clear the water was not going to get hot. Back my son-in-law went and, being that he is Russian and there was no language barrier for him, what transpired had to have been what I would call being given "the run-around." He returned, quite annoyed, repeating the mixed messages given to him by the girl at the front desk. When asked if any rooms had hot water, she first said yes and then retracted that when he asked for a new room. She did not repeat the message of running the water for an hour, but finally told him that they were sending,not just 1, but 3 men to fix our boiler. Imagine that, 3 men! By the next morning, we did indeed had hot water and it remained very hot for our last 3 nights. It was a relief, but I couldn't help but feel that we had been somehow relegated to a status of being relatively unimportant, based on how the incident was handled. To me, this is a primary reason to not return to a particular establishment. In all fairness, I do have some positive tho gas to report. For example, we utilized the laundry service and it was excellent and we felt very fairly priced. Also, one of the older men at reception (whose English was pretty good) and the two younger boys, particularly the young man with dark hair (sorry can't recall his name), were friendly and helpful whenever approached. I also would like to say that we did not have breakfast in the dining room, which was included with our room. Sadly, the day we really wanted to have breakfast was our second day, but I chose not to go because I was waiting for the hot water. Overall, I will say that the as hastily Pushkin has potential...

The Location is good. You have a direct connection to the other Islands because of the Bridge at the Angliskaya side. The street is very quiet at night and the centre is reachable within a half hour by feet. The hotel is beautiful. Large rooms, comfortable beds, clean, great room service and an old russian style. The staff is very friendly and reliable. The restaurant offers a large Breakfast every morning from 8:00 to 11:00 what is really comfortable too. They have great russian food witch can order for dinner or as a night snack and low prices for this Level of quality. We had a really good time in this hotel and would take it again if we come a second time to Saint Petersburg.

Although the taxi driver at St.Petersburg airport had never heard of it, I was aware of its rough location and we found it. Even the address seems to vary! Quite a depressing street, but once inside it's a nice little hotel with friendly & helpful staff. Breakfasts are good, I did eat one evening in the hotel but there's such a choice in the city there's not much point eating in the hotel on an evening. Only about one kilometre to main streets and the Hermitage, Bronze Horseman is much closer, although there are no convenient metro stations it didnt bother me.

Breakfast is still fabulous. However, the window in my room (I had the same one as last time, as requested) still didn't close properly. And unlike my first visit, the air conditioning wasn't working. (Perhaps because it wasn't technically summer yet? But it got really hot and stuffy in there on the nicer days.) When I asked about it, the "solution" I found on returning to my room later was the window had been opened wider, which really didn't help and doesn't say "security" to me. Had trouble with the wifi this time, but they were very accommodating and helpful with this, and it was fixed in my room the next day. I will absolutely try to book my favourite room again for my next trip! Looking forward to breakfast...

I loved my room (although I do hope they get the window fixed so it will actually close before I go there again, but I had no problems), and breakfast. When I saw the breakfast the first morning, I was probably the happiest person there, as I was very much looking forward to eating in Russia again (macaroni, buckwheat, bliny, black bread and sour cream). I am a good walker, and put on around 20 km a day while staying here. This was partly due to the fact that it is a good 25 minute walk to the nearest metro station and Nevsky Prospekt, and I went back and forth a couple times a day. It is just 5 minutes to a trolleybus loop, though, where 2 routes that run up Nevsky end, so that is handy if you aren't there to really walk. The staff at the front desk were mostly friendly, as were the security and breakfast room people. The cleaning staff were also friendly, however if you're fussy about the housekeeping, then I would say this place might not be for you. The room was clean enough when I arrived, but while I was there....at least they were my hair balls and dead mosquito. I had an extended stay there, had no problems with the wifi for what I needed, and most nights slept well, the exception being one night when I literally got zero sleep thanks to the party across the hall that went on with coming and going banging doors and hooting and hollering ALL night. Overall, I had a great stay and definitely plan to stay here again on my next trip!

We had large rooms, well decorated. Breakfast was good with plenty of fish and other dishes. Well located by the river within walking distance of the Hermitage etc. Not ideal for public transport as no nearby metro stations. Not too expensive either.

I like amenities of the hotel, but 1) the person who served breakfast was unfriendly and impolite with people from Russia. 2) the price was much higher (I booked with bookingcom) than one I discovered in the hotel in the same day. Neither BookIngCom manager not HappyPushkinHotel manager did not give me any discount nor price correction. 3) In closest proximity, on the same street you can see the houses of the same historic period but in unsatisfied condition (!) occupied by low-income & hard-working people from former soviet republics.

I stayed one night here as I wanted to be "walking distance" away from Erarta museum and Novy Muzei, but still in the main land so that I wouldn't be jammed out of my hotel because of opening bridges when/if getting a pint in some local pub (yes, I walked to those places but Erarta was _not_ very near, and if you're not in shape, use public transportation). Nothing wrong with the hotel, especially if you like Pushkin and old-feeling paintings and furniture. As people have pointed out, some noice could be heard from corridor but I used ear plugs so it didn't bother me. The room itself was large enough (I had double all for myself), especially toilet. Also there were enough storage space for clothes etc. Usual toiletry (soap, shampoo, shower cap, conditioner for skin, towels) was provided. Extra points for getting tooth paste for free in reception! Room had a tv, safety box (always a plus) and minibar with snacks and drinks (didn't use). They had an interesting method in the hotel that they instructed you to call the reception number before checking out so that maid could come and check the minibar first before you actually checked out ;). Cheap grocery stores, restaurants and other shops can be found nearby. Why only three stars? Because I paid nearly 100 euros per night, there was no metro stop in close vicinity, and breakfast was nothing special (and the breakfast room was smallish). Stay here, if you are ok with the location, like to handle everything with English and like Europe-style "no-surprises good or bad" way.

53 Galernaya Street St. Petersburg

Hotel highlights

  • Close to State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

Located in Admiralteyskiy within a mile (2 km) of State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, Happy Pushkin is within 2 miles (3 km) of other popular sights such as Palace Square. This 3-star hotel has 43 rooms and welcomes guests with free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Located in central St. Petersburg, the hotel is also near Kazan Cathedral and Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood.


Dining

Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast, served each morning from 7:30 AM to 11 AM. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant.


Rooms

The 43 rooms are soundproofed and have an array of amenities, including minibars, free local calls, and laptop-compatible safes. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and LCD TVs with cable channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. Desks are also available.


Property features

Happy Pushkin features free WiFi in public areas and a porter/bellhop. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available on request) for RUB 1400 per vehicle one way. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. This hotel also has a TV in a common area.

Room options

Standard Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Superior Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Comfort Double or Twin Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

85% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 231 reviews