One of the most spacious apartments/guesthouses in the centre of St Petersburg.
Our 230 square metre apartment is situated directly opposite the garden of the Academy of Arts. The Hermitage, St Isaac's, and the Mariinsky Theatre are all 15-20 minutes' walk away; the Menshikov Palace is only 5. Nearest metro station: 6 minutes. Turn right out of our front door, walk 150 metres, and you find yourself on the bank of the main river, with all of the centre of St Petersburg spread before you. Opposite and a little to the left are St Isaac’s and the statue of the Bronze Horseman. Beside you are the twin sphinxes crouching solemnly on the embankment in front of the Academy of Arts. This is an ideal spot from which to watch the raising of the bridges on summer nights.
As an apartment, this space is particularly suited to large families or small groups of up to 10 people. There are 4 bedrooms (3 with their own ensuite bathroom), 2 living rooms, and a large dining room /kitchen. We have restored the original layout, so the spaces now flow together in much the same way as they did before the Revolution. The rooms at the front of the apartment overlook the garden at the back of the Academy of Arts (a scene of never ceasing variety - a dense wall of greenery in the summer and in the winter an expanse of open white space inscribed with an intricate tracery of branches and the Classical lines of the Academy buildings).
If you are interested in renting not the entire apartment, but a room or set of rooms in our guesthouse, then please see the descriptions of individual rooms elsewhere on this site (Balcony Rooms, Rooms with Dutch Stove, Silver Room, Lotus).
Finally, we do our best to provide our guests with all support they may need, and are always ready with advice and suggestions. And if you’re interested in the architecture, literature, and culture (including the drinking culture) of this fascinating city, then I have a large website devoted to these subjects.
Rates vary depending on season. Discounts for architects, artists, academics, and anybody with a good case to make.
Interaction with guests
We are more than willing to help with any other aspect of your stay in St Petersburg, so please ask (both before and during your stay).
Visa invitations. If you require official visa invitations, we can supply these through our partner, Blue Dreams, which is a travel agency registered with the Russian Ministry of Affairs. For this we shall need to know: your full names, dates of birth, passport numbers, nationalities, precise dates of your visit to Russia (if different from those of your stay with us), and a fax number. There is a small charge (20 euros per invitation, or 30 euros in the event that you are staying in Russia for more than 7 working days) to cover our costs.
Airport transfers. I have an excellent and very helpful driver with wonderful English - Leonid (EMAIL HIDDEN) - who will not only meet you at the airport, but provide a running commentary on the sights during the drive in to the city centre.
Tours and excursions. For standard and not so standard guided walking tours, try peterswalk and sputnik. Masha, a friend of mine, can offer a personal and usually fascinating take on the city in English an French (not a standard tour, but something more personal). Her email address is: (EMAIL HIDDEN) Leonid (see above) can also take you to the palaces at Pushkin, Pavlovsk, and Peterhof, and though not a professional guide, offers motorized introductory tours of the city. Useful if you want an English-speaking, informed commentator and a car in one package.
If you're interested in archtiecture, please ask me for my guide to the architecture of St Petersburg (ebook).
No smoking please.
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I'm English, but I've more or less got over it (lived in Russia for the best part of 20 years, now live in Berlin for most of the time). I'm a translator by trade; I'm also a builder, architect, furniture-restorer, cook. For my unconventional take on St Petersburg, see