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What's the best neighborhood in Saint Petersburg (Russia) for a first time visitor?

I've never been to Saint Petersburg (Russia) and I'm a little overwhelmed by all the hotel options. I'd like to stay in a hotel that is central and gives me good sense of what Saint Petersburg (Russia) is like. I'd love to know where locals tell their friends to stay when they visit, and why those areas and hotels are special. thanks!

7 Answers

answered by
Rolando from Saint Petersburg (Russia)

First of all we have to say that in Saint Petersburg (Russia)(Russia)there are many ways to get to several interesting locations outside the city: bus, private minibus called marshrutka, local train,excursion companies like Eclectica or rent a car or using expensive local tour in english.The strong point is that you have to know a little bit of the russian language if you like to arrange yourself the trip, because english use is not popular. Anyway I suggest to include in your trip around the city a day in the charming town called Pushkin visiting Catherine Palace and park and including also the not far Pavlovsk (the best way to get this area better in sunny days is the train starting from Vitebsky Railway Station Spb).

Using boat starting behind State Hermitage Museum you can get and come back from the magnificent Petergof(summer palaces and extensive gardens with a lot of fountains and several jokes using water(along the Finland Gulf).

The big naval cathedral is a good excuse to reach the town of Kronshtadt. Many  bus from from Spb; 1 h).

In summer could be interesting visiting the area of Repino and Komarovo just to jump your feet in Baltic Sea (lovely atmosphere in sunny days with golden sand and restaurants with terraces but the weather could change suddenly: be ready with raincoat and warm clothes !

Gatchina an interesting park including also a palace not so interesting: one of the must to do if you decide to reach Spb between sept-oct. Easy and cheap to reach by train from Baltisky station.

Enjoy !

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  1. Saint Petersburg (Russia) (attraction)
  2. Pushkin (attraction)
  3. Catherine Palace (attraction)
  4. Pavlovsk (attraction)
  5. Vitebsky Railway Station (attraction)
  6. State Hermitage Museum (attraction)
  7. Petergof (attraction)
  8. Kronshtadt (attraction)
  9. Repino (attraction)
  10. Komarovo (attraction)
  11. Baltic Sea (attraction)
  12. Gatchina (attraction)
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Hotel Astoriais okey, but most of the hotels in Saint Petersburg (Russia) are expensive...airbnb would be a good solution, you could save some money We lived in a very small hotel really near Nevsky Prospect- the Main Street in the city. The next door there was a show bar Zavist Cabaret-Bar and that was the first time I've eaten caviar watching a go-go dancer! All the time we spent in the very centre of the city. the next time I planning to visit KronshtadtPushkin  towns Kronshtadt is an island!  

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  1. Hotel Astoria (hotel)
  2. Saint Petersburg (Russia) (attraction)
  3. Nevsky Prospect (attraction)
  4. Zavist Cabaret-Bar (restaurant)
  5. Kronshtadt (attraction)
  6. Pushkin (attraction)
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I suggest Golden Trianglehotel. Room were spacious. BF excellent and rich. Water dispensper free to refill ur empty bottle. Luxury and complete amenities. Best area to stay at st. Peterburg. Walking distance Savior on the Spilled BloodItalian BridgeBank BridgeGriboyedov channel embankment, Anichkov BridgePalace Square,  Winter Canal, Russian MuseumNevsky ProspectBirzhevoy pereulok, Spit of Vasilievsky Island  bronze horseman. (Add peterhof on ur list :) Best place to visit at SPB)  


Try Best donut opposite this property, at Pyshechnaya

GTH Near to Brasseries Kriek where you can try their Belgian Beers. 

From Pulkovo Airport1H30M, take bus from airport no. 39 to Moskovskaya st. Then change bus no. 3, stop at Bolshaya Konyushenaya until u see ZARA store 2min walk to hotel (cost 100RUB/pax). Easy & cheaper than taxy 750RUB/30min. 


Cons : 

Lift were very small, front desk on 3rd floor, guest with big luggages would have problem.

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  1. Golden Triangle (hotel)
  2. Savior on the Spilled Blood (attraction)
  3. Italian Bridge (attraction)
  4. Bank Bridge (attraction)
  5. Griboyedov channel embankment (attraction)
  6. Anichkov Bridge (attraction)
  7. Palace Square (attraction)
  8. Russian Museum (attraction)
  9. Nevsky Prospect (attraction)
  10. Birzhevoy pereulok (attraction)
  11. Spit of Vasilievsky Island (attraction)
  12. Pyshechnaya (restaurant)
  13. Pulkovo Airport (attraction)
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answered by
Екатерина from Moscow

You'd better stay in the city center, from where you can reach all touristic places on foot. For example, there are some nice and small hotels on Malaya Morskaya St street. Or, if you want to save up, you can stay outside from the city center and use carsharing or metro or just walk a lot. This may be even more interesting.

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Hi there, you can stay anywhere in these areas Yellow are all stations in the real center. Depending on your budget and preferences - there are variety of hotels of any kind. If you have some good money to spend, you can stay at Hotel Astoria, Angleterre HotelW St. Petersburg hotels with a great view to the St. Isaac's Cathedral. 2 good and a bit expensive restraunts are close there as well 

There are also several great hostels like Taiga and world award winner Soul Kitchen Hostel

For bars areas to visit - you can go to the Rubinstein Street - area full of bars, pubs of any kind.

And please visit small cities around - Pushkin, Pavlovsk, adn Petergof- really great places to visit full of parks, palaces, fountains and history.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hotel Astoria (hotel)
  2. Angleterre Hotel (hotel)
  3. W St. Petersburg (hotel)
  4. St. Isaac's Cathedral (attraction)
  5. Taiga (attraction)
  6. Soul Kitchen Hostel (hotel)
  7. Pushkin (attraction)
  8. Pavlovsk (attraction)
  9. Petergof (attraction)
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answered by
Katya from Saint Petersburg, Russia

I would recommend you not to stay in a hotel, but find an Airbnb flat in the center, if you want to see the city from within. Hotels in Russia are very different, but usually too expensive and not special.

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answered first by
Rolando from Saint Petersburg (Russia)

Considering the difficulties faced by non russian people without any knowledge of cirillic language, many visitors avoid using city transport .But with a short training(using Google map) you can try for example to reach Pavlosk park using a cheaper train starting from Vitebsky station.An other interesting and pleasant place is Repino( bus from Cernaya Rechka) where you can enjoy one of the best and true artist's home. We are talking about Ilya Repin (many of his masterpiece are in Russian Museum). Crossing the street near his home and you can have a stunning experience in summer but especially in winter when you can admire a strange landscape: the Baltic sea.. golden sand covered by snow, a long line of pine trees and in front of you an amazing frozen sea. In the area many interesting restaurants. Our preferred one is Ruskaya Rybalka.

At the end of october our preferred "golden site" if you like photography is Gatchina Park. A pleasant walk in a mervelleous landscape including lakes,palace and a lot of birds. Many bus starting from Moskovsky Pr.

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