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Hotel Dostoevsky

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Great hotel. Quite large. Connected to a shopping mall. Good food. Starbucks next door. Nice rooms. Friendly staff. English spoken. On the main street (Vladimirsky prospect). Convenient to most tourist attractions.

This hotel was perfect for our family trip with my parents. There's a great wiev from the top floor to have drinks or dinner. Metro is do close and just behind the hotel is a street full of cool hipster cafès and bars. Also great lunch plase -local style. The hotel was nice. Clean rooms and ok breakfast. Staff spoke english and was helpful. The Faberge museum is really close and also nice dinner places!

I stayed for 6 nights - room a little old fashioned, however made up with the cleanliness, good service and great location - also a large central shopping mall in the hotel - on the main roads and close to the farmers market

Booked by ONE TRAVELLER travel company. Beds hard, utilitarian room with little shelf space in the bathroom. One Traveller really failed with this budget booking. Radisson just up the road would have been a better choice.

This was easily the worst place I stayed in (out of 5) in Russia. The men at reception were unfriendly and there are only two small lifts at one end of the building. The hotel seems to cater mainly to large tour groups on package tours. I requested a ‘Comfort’ room thinking I would get something extra but had the worst night’s sleep. The ‘Comfort’ rooms have aircon because the window does not open. All the ‘Comfort’ rooms are around the 24 hour shopping centre and there was light (and noise) coming into my room all night. Easily enough to walk around the room without switching on the lights. If you are the sort of person who needs a dark, quiet room to get a good night’s sleep, then don’t waste your money on a ‘Comfort’ room. I asked to be moved to a different room and this was allowed but I didn’t get the extra money I had paid back. This hotel also has the terrible sound proofing. When people were talking in the corridor, it sounded like they were in my room. It was very disconcerting. Sometimes, I woke in the night thinking there was somebody in my room and got freaked out. There was also no complimentary water in the room. When I asked about this, I was told there is a water cooler on each floor. It is neither advertised nor signposted and was difficult to find. On the sixth floor, it is near room 6636. I wanted to use the gym ball in the gym but it was really flat. I asked for the ball to be inflated but was told this was not possible?? I wanted to use some other equipment but it looked broken and the staff weren’t able to show me how to use it. The food at breakfast was adequate and there was always enough seats in the room. The hot food was never hot because it is not covered with lids. The salmon and porridge were the nicest foods on offer, and though I didn’t have any of the sweet cakes, they looked nice as well. The hotel is near two metro lines (one on the same side of the road and one across the road) but I didn’t find this particularly useful. The metro in Moscow is heaps better. The stations in St Petersburg are not well signposted (from the outside). The M in Moscow is red and larger then is one in St Petersburg, which is a dark colour. The stations are not well signposted inside and sometimes it was difficult to know which station I was at. There is also no signs inside the trains (like in Moscow) showing where you are. I found the staff and public in St Petersburg really unfriendly and unhelpful (totally different to Moscow) and became fearful of going places because I knew nobody would help if I got lost. One time, I asked the station attendant which side of the platform I should go to and she told me to take the escalator down and then figure it out myself. Not Kidding !!! I am a middle aged, white woman who speaks Russian, so I am not sure if others would find it easy to get around using the metro in St Petersburg. I bought a 7 day transport card but regretted it and would pay per ride in future. The metro is not that useful because most of St Petersburg’s attractions are within walking distance or far out of town (like Peterhof, Pushkin, Pavlosk and Gatchina). Admittedly I enjoy walking but I still needed to walk a fair distance even when taking the train (such as to visit the Yusupov Palace). Also note, the word palace is used loosely and many ‘palaces’ are just large houses. I would advise anybody coming here for the first time to organise tours beforehand because tour groups are given priority and it is not an easy town to get around. Most of the positive info on the internet seems to be from locals trying to promote their city (which is understandable) but not really true. I met two tour guides that were both excellent (Maria Luneva and Natalia Bazhenova) and would recommend both. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this hotel to anybody and wouldn’t stay here again.

The Dostoyevskiy provided a decent staff for our group during our two nights in St. Petersburg. The rooms were clean, with no added frills. I was disappointing in the lack of air conditioning as the rooms were hot and the fan did not function well. The building is large and had maze of hallways to locate rooms. The breakfast was included and was fresh and provided many options. It was located within a short distance from the metro and several quality restaurants. The staff were friendly and responsive to requests / assistance with arranging transportation.

Dostoyevskiy has 4 stars. In theory. I would give it only 2. The room was ok but there were no tea or coffee facilities, no water or even no glass. There is room service that will charge you for tea and coffee... Very limited toiletries. And very poor Wi-Fi (disconnecting all the time). Some rooms are internal (you cannot open window and air conditioning is poor). The breakfast offered a very limited choice. Rather poor quality. I didn't enjoy it at all and every day struggled what to choose. The coffee was horrible. This is definitely not a place I would stay again...

3 star hotel with a 4 star rating. Good basic facilities. Hotel in good location within walking distance of the main historical district. Breakfast could have been improved with some items rather cold. Attractive hotel bar on 7th floor overlooking the adjacent inside shopping mall - good service in the bar where food can be served. Clean room with 1980's TV but no English language channels available. Safe supplied in room but it wouldn't open.

This is the first of two hotels I stayed in during my visit to St. Petersburg. By North American standards it would probably get 2 stars but there are many positives if the price is right. The location is excellent. Just a 10 minute walk from Nevsky Prospect and right above a mall that has a 24 hour supermarket, a Starbucks which is expensive for Russia and a little gem called the British Bakery. There is a vegetable stand on the corner and on the traffic island a couple of coffee carts. Buses stop out front. As I could only get WiFi in my room on one of my devices I spent some time in the rather small lobby, just 6 to 8 chairs and watched the amazing young men at the front desk. I also had several questions and comments and found them to be very helpful. While it is often said that the people in Russia are dour I found that if you are pleasant , cheerful and polite you will be treated that way. I always got a smile and even a joke or two. These young men are on the go non stop with questions and handled multiple tour groups in many languages who all had comments questions and complaints and therein lies one of the problems with this hotel. 30 to 40 people arriving at once at all hours, using the two tiny elevator at once , or the breakfast (okay food for a buffet), leaving at once from the lobby means noise and bustle. There were at least 6 different groups and I was with one ( a UK based mature solo group) which may explain the rooms we had. I can't comment on the value per price but this hotel has 3 floors of rooms above a shopping mall and many face an interior courtyard where the smokers congregate and with nothing to buffer the noise sound like they are yelling at all hours. Room was very basic but clean. The floors are laminate which is nice as carpet can be scuzzy but they do put bedside mats that could be clean but appear dirty. The same is true as the bedspreads are a heavy material that match the curtains and chair seats but you have no idea if they are washed between guests. I pulled them off immediately.There is a white duvet on the beds that was clean and they would probably better to just ditch the bedspread. One reviewer commented things appear clean but you wake up itchy and I agree. I pulled up bed and mattress to investigate and didn't find anything of concern. It could be a sensitivity to the laundry detergent. Oh but now the beds. The most important part of a hotel is the beds and these are sad. A 2015 review made similar comments. Travelling solo in North America we have come to expect a double or queen sized bed but of course in Europe in the basic room class it is a twin bed just shy of 36 inches wide...feel like I am 8 again. The real issue is the sags and bags. The bed droops horribly in the middle and when you sit on it you feel as if each end will snap up like a cot. One side is also lower than the other. With better beds this hotel could be improved. Other than that in a small room they have included some neat little features like a wall table where the outlets make it so easy to charge electronic devices , a nice wardrobe or clothes cupboard with a safe, a desk and older style tv, two chairs and a luggage bench. There are lots of lights. Temperature control seems to be an issue as the heat runs a until about 2 am even if your thermostat is turned off and one of the comments I heard frequently was that an engineer would be up to look at it. No kettle or coffee makers but a small bar type fridge which keeps water or soft drinks cold. At the right price this could be a solid choice but I was disappointed in it as part of a tour. Overall this feels like a clean budget hotel in a good location.

Minutes from Nevsky Prospekt this hotel is right on top of a metro station. Efficient check in and check out. Good security - but not intrusive, give the guard a wave and a hello. We liked the breakfast here and were not sure what it was people were not impressed with - unless they made changes but I don't think so. Plenty to choose from, even cake! so Marie Antoniette would be happy too and friendly staff. Only gripe is no water in the room. Ok there is a fantastic supermarket next door and downstairs which is worth a visit but if come in late and forget even a water cooler in the hall would be good. In the old days a babushka had the samovar on each floor. Alas she has gone and taken the samovar with her, Bring her back! oh yeah and nice bar with cheap beer and great views. Location huge draw here though. Would stay again.

19 Vladimirsky Prospect St. Petersburg

Hotel highlights

  • Close to State Russian Museum and Kazan Cathedral
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Hotel Dostoevsky places you within a mile (2 km) of popular attractions like State Russian Museum and Kazan Cathedral. This 4-star hotel has 218 guestrooms and offers conveniences like free breakfast, a 24-hour fitness center, and free in-room WiFi. Located in central St. Petersburg, the hotel is also near Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood and Summer Garden.


Dining

Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast. Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café.


Rooms

All 218 air-conditioned accommodations feature separate bedrooms. TVs come with satellite channels and pay movies, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer free toiletries. Minibars, safes, and desks are other standard amenities.


Property features

Guests staying at Hotel Dostoevsky enjoy a 24-hour fitness center, a sauna, and free WiFi in public areas. If you drive, self parking is RUB 600 per day, or you can take advantage of the airport shuttle (available on request) for RUB 2240 per vehicle one way. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include 5 meeting rooms, conference space, and a business center.

Room options

Superior Double or Twin Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Executive Suite, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Junior Suite

Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Suite

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

46% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 710 reviews