Hotel Pribaltiskaya in San Pete

Jul 19th, 2000, 09:31 AM
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ester amat
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Hotel Pribaltiskaya in San Pete

Has anyone ever stayed there? I known it isn't in the city cente, but I would like to known if it is easy to get there.
 
Jul 19th, 2000, 03:43 PM
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Yes, my husband and I stayed there in 1996 while on a Globus Russia tour. It is out on the Gulf of Finland. It was built for the 1980 Olympics by a Swedish, I think, company so it is a little more classy than a Russian- built hotel. We were,of course, bussed there by the tour, but I was able to figure out how to get to it on the Metro, using a Russia guide book--fortunately we didn't have to do that, but it would be possible. The hotel meals were OK--I remember some fancy desserts-- and there was an ice cream parlor on one floor which was quite unique. Rooms were adequate--the best of the five places we stayed in Russia. We went outside and walked along a long beach side walk. The hotel is not too far from where the cruise ships docked. Things could have changed in 4 years because of the changes in Russia, but I would not mind staying there again, if I had to choose.
 
Feb 3rd, 2002, 11:02 AM
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Dear hmh,
How was the Globus tour you took what was the good and bad of it and what countries did you go to as this is one of the tour companies we are considering. Thank you so much karen
 
Feb 3rd, 2002, 11:16 AM
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My parents and I stayed there in 1989. I was 19 then. I was a very ugly hotel, but it was the only hotel tourists stayed in at the time in St. Petersburg. It was very strange. People would come in and out of my room at all hours, saying they had to sew the curtains, change a lightbulb, etc.. I got out of the shower one morning, stark naked, and found this woman sewing my curtains. I have no idea why she was sewing them because she didn't speak English. (From the look on her face, I don't think she had ever seen a circumsized man before. ) It was all very odd. They also turned the electricity off at night. You had to use a flashlight! The other horrible thing about the hotel was that it was in the middle of nowhere. You had to cab it or take buses to get to the subway. We were on a tour so we went almost everywhere with our bus and guide. You just couldn't wander around St.Petersburg on your own in those days. I hope things have changed.
 
Feb 3rd, 2002, 01:01 PM
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Ester-Stayed there last year while in St P-if you're looking for a 5* hotel, this isn't the place for you, however, if you want something comfortable, clean & with plenty of on-site choices for dinner, this is the place. The hotel is massive, is located in a residential neighborhood and not far from the cruise terminal. Its back door is the Gulf of Finland. Hotel offers many services, including currency xchg, to mini-mart type stores to purchase bottled water, snacks and gifts (do NOT drink the water in St P-anywhere-unless it's bottled or has been boiled). Some staff speak English-which helps. Hotel is approximately 15 minutes to city center and there is a metro stop within walking distance. Restaurant food is ok, however, service ranges from attentative to poor. Lots of tour groups stay here (we were part of a General Tours group), however, I wouldn't hestitate to stay here again if not part of a tour. St P is very extreme in hotel choices..you have the ultra deluxe 5*'s centrally located(with prices to match), or places outside of city center, where you'll need transportation to get into the city. IMHO, that provides an opportunity to see things along your way in/out of the city you might otherwise not see. If not part of a tour group, you may want to consider an apartment stay as an alternative to an hotel room. St P is truly a beautiful city. It's about to celebrate its 300th birthday in May 2003 (actually, we share the same birth date, however, I'm nowhere near 300!), and the city is undergoing a major face-lift/restoration..meaning some things are covered in scaffolding for now and that once-in-a-lifetime photo op may be
a little altered from what you see in the guide books!
 
Feb 3rd, 2002, 08:09 PM
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Debbie:

Your reply caught my eye because I am going to STP in a couple months and used Genteral Tours as my agent. I am on an "independent tour," which means that I am supposed to have a private guide and car part of the time I am there. Was this your arrangement? I am very much looking forward to seeing STP, but though fluent in four languages, unfortunately one of them is not Russian (though I am trying to learn the Cyrillic alphabet and basic phaseology). I am considering augmenting the tour company's guide with another guide I would hire personally. Any thoughts on this?? I would be grateful to hear any other thoughts as well, re: restaurants, cultural experiences, performance of GT, etc. I liked your comment about seeing things that a tourist might not ordinarily see. Though my hotel is on Nevsky Prospect, this principle of travel and cultural enrichment resonates with me. Thanks for any insights you can offer.
 
Feb 3rd, 2002, 08:09 PM
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Debbie:

Your reply caught my eye because I am going to STP in a couple months and used Genteral Tours as my agent. I am on an "independent tour," which means that I am supposed to have a private guide and car part of the time I am there. Was this your arrangement? I am very much looking forward to seeing STP, but though fluent in four languages, unfortunately one of them is not Russian (though I am trying to learn the Cyrillic alphabet and basic phraseology). I am considering augmenting the tour company's guide with another guide I would hire personally. Any thoughts on this?? I would be grateful to hear any other thoughts as well, re: restaurants, cultural experiences, performance of GT, etc. I liked your comment about seeing things that a tourist might not ordinarily see. Though my hotel is on Nevsky Prospect, this principle of travel and cultural enrichment resonates with me. Thanks for any insights you can offer.
 
Feb 3rd, 2002, 08:17 PM
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Some good restaurants are Restoran, Shinook, Pirosmani, Caravan, Backstage and Noble's Nest (although overpriced).
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 04:04 PM
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Carson-We took an escorted tour of Moscow/St P w/GT. We're normally independent travelers but opted for a 'tour' primarily due to language barrier-we don't speak Russian. Your decision to learn the Cyrillic alphabet is a good one as opposed to a crash course in learning the language, however, taking the time to learn a few basic phrases will make your trip more enjoyable, which is true anywhere you visit. The GT client services manager was able to get ballet tickets for us-we enjoyed a wonderful performance at the Mariinski(Kirov)-and in doing some shopping the next day, came across a music store where my husband purchased the CD of the music from the ballet we'd seen the previous evening. We're seriously considering going the 'independent' route on our next trip & would be very interested in reading your trip report upon your return. The city guides in both Moscow/St P were worth their weight in gold in manuevering the group thru very crowded museums - and the bus drivers in each city can't be praised enough-city traffic was some of the worst ever seen! GT offers numerous optional tours, however, there isn't any pressure to indulge in any of them-you join the tour(s)you're interested in, plain and simple. We were quite impressed with GT and wouldn't hesitate to utilize them again to a destination where an organized tour would, to us, be the way to travel. Their guides were professional and nothing was left to chance.

If you're able, check on the on-line version of the local St P paper-The St Petersburg Times. It contains very timely and updated information about the comings/goings in beautiful St P.
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 07:47 PM
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The web site of The St Petersburg Times is

www.sptimes.ru
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 06:24 AM
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We also stayed at the Pribaltiskya back in 1989 while on a tour with General Tours. My recollections are a bit different than John's, I don't recall any extra people in my room sewing curtains. We also were able to wander around St. Pete quite well on our own, both on that trip and the 2 days we spent there last July as part of a cruise.

We were able to use public transportation (I think we used a tram or bus not the metro) to get there but it is rather remote so you would go out for the day and come back in the evening when you are done.

Carson, we spent one day last July wandering around on our own and the other day with a guide and driver. We enjoyed both days but the day we spent with the guide was much more efficient, saw more things, had things explained to us. The guides can bypass the often enormous lines at the places you want to visit. The line for the Hermitage was at least 45 minutes, we saw similar lines at all of the places we visited with the guide. If you are exploring on your own make sure you bring a very good map. I liked the Lonely Planet guide for their map of the Hermitage and more offbeat explanations and I also brought the Eyewitness guide which had the best maps of the city. I wouldn't hesitate to wander around on your own but watch out for the drivers when crossing the street, sometimes I think the red lights were just a suggestion.

After the must sees of Peterhof, the Hermitage, St. Isaacs and the Church of the Spilled Blood, we also really enjoyed visiting Yusopov Palace, a private residence where Rasputin was killed which I think has to be arranged in advance. Our guide also arranged for lunch with a Russian family which I thought was fascinating.

A couple of other things I thought were interesting were Yesilev's (sp) deli for it's beautiful interior which is on Nevsky Prospect, Gostiny Dvor, the giant department store on Nevsky Prospect, Anichkov bridge (which Lonely Planet claims has a relief of Napoleon carved into one of the horse's genitals).
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 06:55 AM
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Carson, if you review some of Mr. Miller's postings, you'll see his suggestions for guides in STP. I've already followed up on his advice and made contact with guides via e-mail - he suggested a person named Olga. She did respond to my message the same day.
 

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