St Petersburg Travel Guide
Welcome to Spb Guide and St. Petersburg,
the Northern Capital of Russia. Hopefully, with our apartments
and hotels, you stay will be more comfortable and easy.
St. Petersburg is a magnificent city with a rich cultural
heritage, many great sights, well-developed infrastructure
and moderately continental climate is a good place to
visit at any time.
The beautiful St. Petersburg is often referred
to as the "Venice of the North". Its splendid bridges
and palaces are worthy of special attention. St. Petersburg
is also a treasure house of architecture. The traditional
forms of Old Russian churches were enriched with borrowings
from classical and Western European religious architecture.
The city distinctly combines its original Russian heritage
with the outlook for the West. St. Petersburg is the most
European city in Russia that will always attract real
connoisseurs of beauty. Learn more about the Saint-Petersbyrg using the city guides' links.
There is a huge variety of accommodation in Saint Petersburg, with something guaranteed to suit the needs and requirements of every visitor.
• A hotel is generally the largest of all accommodation types.
• There is typically a common reception area, and rooms generally open directly onto a hallway.
• The on-site restaurant and other facilities are more accessible to the public than the other accommodation types.
• A wide range of guest services is available, such as room service.
• Hotels are often members of larger hotel groups, and a similar accommodation experience may be available in different establishments within the group.
• A small hotel or a mini-hotel normally has a minimum of 4 letting bedrooms and a maximum of 20 and reflect their own personal style.
• Most bedrooms have ensuite or private facilities.
• Small hotels serve breakfast, but rarely serve dinner or lunch.
Bed & Breakfast
• A Bed and Breakfast (B&B) is a private home in which guests can be accommodated at night in private bedrooms (which may or may not have private bathrooms).
• The owner or manager lives in the house or on the property. The public areas of the house, such as kitchen and lounge have either limited access for guests, or are shared with the host family to some degree.
• Breakfast is included in the price (generally either continental or full-English). Other meals may be available by arrangement.
• A hostel (or backpacker) establishment is aimed at the budget traveller and generally attracts a younger clientele.
• Bedrooms are in a dormitory style (shared) and bathrooms are shared, although private bedrooms may be available.
• Light meals may be available in addition to the room rate.
• A boutique hotel is a 5 star establishment providing all the features and facilities of a normal hotel, in a unique and exclusive style.
• These properties are generally small, feature top class service and are marketed to the affluent.
• A guesthouse is generally a private home which has been converted for the dedicated and exclusive use of guest accommodation.
• The public areas of the establishment are for the exclusive use of the guests. The owner or manager either lives off-site, or in an entirely separate area within the property.
• A Guesthouse offers a wider range of services than a B&B, and usually caters for all meals.
• A private home not dedicated for full time occupation of guests, but is a private house or apartment which is temporarily available for rental, often during peak tourism seasons.
• A self catering establishment may be primarily one of the other accommodation types, but also offers dedicated self catering facilities.
• The unit should feature a fully equipped kitchen to cater for the maximum people to be accommodated (including fridge, stove, cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils, cleaning equipment).
• The kitchen should be for the exclusive use of the guests, and not shared.
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