As I bid Petersburg a tearful goodbye the last time, I knew I would return, for I had fallen in love with it’s lampposts, buildings, canals and the way it’s locals celebrated their summer. True to the promise I had made to myself, I landed in SPB once again and checked into Park Inn Pribaltiskaya the second time.
About the hotel:
Park Inn is owned by Radisson in both Moscow and St. Petersburg. It’s a business hotel chain but one of the better ones in St. Petersburg. The hotel has been around for a long time and has countless rooms. Though it’s usually used for conferences and business travellers, it’s spacious enough to accommodate a third person- at least by St. Petersburg’s hotel room standards. Petersburg is a small city that isn’t equipped to handle too many tourists. Since Russia has become a considerably affordable country to travel to, a lot of Europeans and Asians are heading here during the summer months. In order to accommodate tourists (and to make extra profits while doing so), most hotels have more rooms and less space. Azimut in St. Petersburg has regular rooms that only size up to 18 sqm. In that aspect, Park Inn’s (considerably) spacious rooms are a blessing. The hotel receives a high volume of Chinese visitors through partnerships with local travel agencies.
The one catch with this hotel is that it’s far from the main city centre. They used to run a shuttle service that is no longer functional, and you will need to arrange your own transport. The metro is within walking distance of the hotel and an Uber is easy to find (though it could have a waiting time anywhere between 5 to 20 minutes). Hotel cabs are expensive, but an Uber will cost you anywhere between 300-400 roubles one way.
Rooms and decor:
The hotel is done up with a typical corporate feel to it just like any other business hotel. The rooms have complimentary chocolates and 2 bottles of water (only on your first day though) and the rooms are cleaned once a day. If you’re traveling with 2 children it’s best to book a Junior Suite. The staff is mostly friendly but a language barrier causes severe confusion when speaking to house keeping or the room service (as I imagine would be the case everywhere in St. Petersburg). The rooms and washrooms are very matter-of-fact and worn out in a few places.
The staff is helpful wherever possible, but few speak English. Room Service options are limited and there’s a delivery charge of 300 roubles over the actual charge of the food. The cleaning staff is terrible though, leaving used cups around the floor and tossing your stuff one over the other if you happen to leave it out on the sofa. They don’t clean properly and the room isn’t made too well either.
In all likelihood you’ll take a breakfast-inclusive room rate, so listen up! They serve the same dishes over and over at breakfast (certain dishes are alternated every other day). The options are limited and some dishes are served straight from the day before. You can place orders for eggs though, and I would strongly recommend asking for a loaded omelette instead of the waffles or pancakes. There are two other restaurants at Park Inn. RGB serves grilled food, burgers and pastas. It’s a cafe-diner of sorts located on the ground floor. They also have a Chinese restaurant that serves authentic and delicious food; and though the portions are smaller, I would recommend this one over RGB.
I’ll be happy to answer answer any questions you might have about this hotel! I’ve stayed here twice and the experience has been more or less consistent.