Hotel Dostoevsky4.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
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.
We stayed at the hotel for 3 nights , we were upgraded to a larger room . The bedroom was large with a king size bed and very comfortable . We were slightly put off by booking sites photos as we'd been booked in with a travel company . However the hotel was significantly better than we expected . Good points Helpful staff Good room with comfortable bed Good bath and shower Very good location for Supermarket Local cafe for a coffe/ lunch or Starbucks Easy access tocentral attractions like hermitage Underground very close Generally a quiet/ not noisy hotel Improvements Breakfast was only ok, poor choice of hot food Hotel although big was very busy at breakfast unless you eat late Points to note There are a few restaurants recommended on the main road to the hermitage However there is a road that runs parallel with the hotel street which has a great/far better selection of bars and restaurants. The Ones we tried where good value with nice atmospheres
In theory everything is ok. But hotel is such a cozy and old stylish. But everything works, even the WIFI. Breakfast ain't so luxorious but there is basic needs that everybody need. Hotel is near the metrostation and such a near Nevski prospekt. You can go inside ways to the small shopping center, where was english bakery, Starbucks and midsize supermarket. The most unpleasant thing was that the heater thermostat lived his own life, there was no cold it was bit hot. And sometimes it worked. Standard room was enough good room for sleepig, but it ain't nothing more.
This hotel was walking distance from most major attractions. The hotel looks small from the outside but is actually rather large. A shopping mall sits in the center of the building. Free breakfast was a plus. The rooms were comfortable but allowed for a lot of noise.
I stayed over Christmas with One Traveller ( a holiday company for mature(!) single travellers. Great location near Metro, the main street and above a 24 hour supermarket.Breakfast pretty basic so some days went to the British Bakery next door for coffee and a bread roll.The toaster did not work so even after 2/3 passes the bread was not even browned. The rooms were small with an ensuite and clean.Meals were cooked in the kitchen on the 5th floor and suffered from being served in the bar on the 7th floor at the other end of the hotel. The bar had superb views.
Nothing bad to say about the hotel. The location was perfect, there is a supermarket next to the hotel. The breakfast was okay too, it was basic. There was no 'wauw', but for a short trip it answers all your needs. One comment; the bar was a little bit disappointing, the staff was not very friendly.
The location of the hotel was strategic. It was near a metro station, near a 24 supermarket , and accessible to the main street st St Petersburg however , the people at the reception were not that helpful. Sometimes they were sarcastic and if you are not wise enough, they do not give you your moneys worth like giving you a taxi that costs one thousand rubles for a normal one hundred fifty rubles worth of ride . They would recommend to you getting tickets for swan lake on the internet when there is a ticket booth were you can buy tickets without commissions( it is near the Catholic church after Hard Rock cafe to your right when facing the church). I did not like the way we were treated by some of the receptionists. The breakfast was always the same so if you stayed for a long time you would not want to eat in there anymore. The cheeses were not at all tasty . Rooms were not that clean . It appeared clean but you would feel itchy in the morning. The ventilation was not that good we had to transfer bec it suffocated me and I had an attack of asthma. There is still room for improvement esp the attitude of those at the reception and the hotel's cleanliness.
Stayed there with a large group. The rooms are pretty basic. Had to change a room as the single beds could not be joined. Room does not have tea arrangement. Restaurant runs out of food items very fast and replenishment is pretty slow. Seating arrangements are also less. If you are staying plan to have breakfast at 730 or 8. Reception process was also slow. If you have an alternative please opt for that.
- Close to State Russian Museum and Kazan Cathedral
- Free buffet breakfast
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Onsite dining
Located in St. Petersburg City Centre, Hotel Dostoevsky is within a mile (2 km) of popular sights such as 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.
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.
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.
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.
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46% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 685 reviews