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5 of the most unusual hotels in St Petersburg

Written by Fiona

December 26 2019

St Petersburg is a Russian port city on the Baltic sea. It is a charming destination with a maze of of narrow streets and many great attractions.

There are some wonderful places to stay, too, with plenty of hotels in the centre of St Petersburg that are located in historic buildings. Their design is often associated with the cultural heritage of the city. This article reveals some of the most unusual hotels in St Petersburg. 

Beautiful city.

The Karamazov Brothers

Price: From €120

This hotel is located in the historic part of the city, just 20 minutes from Nevsky Prospect. It got its name because of its close proximity to the museum-apartment of Fyodor Dostoevsky, where the great Russian writer created his novel, The Brothers Karamazov.

The interior of the hotel recreates the atmosphere of the second half of the 19th century. Despite the fact that all the rooms are furnished with antique furniture, they are equipped with all modern amenities, including air conditioning and satellite TV. The rooms are named after female characters from famous Dostoevsky’s novels.

The Brothers Karamazov. Credit: Gwydion M Williams

Alexander House

Price: From €150

The building of Alexander House was constructed by a wealthy merchant family at the beginning of the 19th century and today it is one of the best hotels in St Petersburg.  It’s located near New Holland Island and the Mariinsky Theater.

It’s hard to believe but communal apartments were placed here in the Soviet Era. The design of modern rooms is dedicated to cities from different parts of the world. You can find a room in the style of Tokyo, Amsterdam or Stockholm. There is also a summer terrace in the courtyard of the Alexander House.

Radisson Sonya

Price: From €150

Radisson Sonya is located on Liteiny Prospect, a 25-minute walk from the Hermitage Museum and St Isaac’s Cathedral. The design of this exquisite boutique hotel was developed in the legendary fascinating story about repentance and atonement, Crime and Punishment, penned by Fyodor Dostoevsky. The hotel has a bar-restaurant named “Metamorphosis”, where guests can try masterpieces of Russian and European cuisines.


Price: From €40

The house where the hotel is located has been residential for a long time. A famous Russian composer, Sergei Rachmaninov, lived in one of its rooms. Today it is the lux-suite room with restored wallpaper and parquet of late 19th century.

The hotel resembles an art gallery and exhibitions and performances are often held here. In winter, there is an open art studio where guests can draw and paint with pastels, watch rare documentaries and go through unique albums of paintings and photographs.

The hotel is located within walking distance of the Moika River, and nearby is the Kazan Cathedral and the Stroganov Palace.

Rossi Hotel

Price: From €130

The hotel is situated on the bank of the Fontanka River, 400 metres from Nevsky Prospect and Ostrovsky Square. It is located in a former merchant house. The interiors of the Rossi Hotel are kept as authentic as possible.

In the attic, there is a cosy library with books in four languages. Guests can find paintings by local artists in the corridors of the hotel. Some of them you can even buy.

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