About this listing
This is an atmospheric apartment in the centre of St Petersburg, in the Dostoevskian thick of things.
Our neighbourhood is lively. Nevsky with its 24-hour action is 5 minutes' walk away; 3 metro stations are 3-5 minutes from us; the Dostoevsky Museum is just around the corner; and there's a whole street of some of the most varied bars, cafes, and restaurants in the city just the other side of Vladimir Cathedral. Yet, when you enter our courtyard, the pace changes: all the bustle of the street falls away - leaving classical columns (the Museum of the Arctic and Antarctic - actually, an old church), space in which to think, and the wonderful Petersburg light.
Our apartment/guesthouse is a former priest’s apartment, which we have restored and gently adapted to give a carefully balanced mix of private and public space. When we first saw the apartment, we were struck by its light, tranquillity, and sense of peace. We have done our best to preserve these qualities.
There are four double bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, view, and distinctive character. In addition, we have allowed for a generous amount of public space. The dining-room is for quick cups of coffee, long unhurried breakfasts, leisurely pots of tea, the occasional business meeting, or just for sitting around in. You may also choose to sit, drink, and (email hidden).
Our rates include unlimited tea and coffee, and a Wi-Fi connection.
Finally, we are not a hotel, so please don't expect everything to be perfect. But we do 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 for individual rooms vary depending on season and size of room (50 - 95 euros / night, including breakfast). The cost of the entire apartment (with or without breakfast) is 160-300 euros / night.. Discounts for architects, artists, academics, and anybody with a good case to make.
This is a no-smoking apartment.
Some cooking is possible, provided that it does not inconvenience other guests.
Please feel free to make yourself tea and coffee at any time of day or night.
L'appartement était agréable et calme. Nous nous sommes tout de suite sentis à notre aise, rien de manquait. Marché et supermarché à deux pas, perspective Newski également, situation idéale !
Avant notre venue John nous avait, à notre demande, réservé des restaurants et récupéré nos place au ballet. Un service parfait qui a contribué à la réussite de notre séjour.
John was very helpful in the organization of our trip, always very prompt in his replies. The apartement is exactly as beautiful as on the pictures. On the day of our arrival, John arranged for a taxi to pick us up at the airport, and Olga was waiting for us at the apartement. The apartement was perfecty clean and welcoming. It is so well located, close to a metro station and in a safe area. The rooms are big, bathrooms great, and as we were 5 ladies travelling together, it was perfect to have the whole apartment only for ourselves.
I would definitely recommand John's apartement, excellent value for money.
Thank you John and Olga.
Great location in the heart of St. PETERSBURG and one of the most aesthetic and cosy place to stay.
John was a terrific host from the start! He provided us with all information (and visa invitations) that we needed in order to get to the apartment and to have an interesting St Petersburg experience.
The apartment itself was as beautiful as the pictures promised, located in a very nice area slightly off the tourist trails. A bonus was the proximity to Dostoyevsky's flat, two blocks away!
Наилучший семейный отдых. Мы путешествовали большой семьей, 5 взрослых и двое детей. В квартире есть все необходимое и даже более (website hidden) были удивлены (в холодильнике йогурт, можно пожарить тосты и т.п.) Ну, а взрослые смогли собраться все вместе за шикарным большим столом, пообщаться. Ну а затем прекрасно выспаться, спальни великолепны, в каждой есть ванна и санузел. Хочется отметить замечательное месторасположение, до Невского 5 минут ходьбы. Отдыхайте именно здесь, не пожалеете.
Notre séjour dans cet appartement s'est déroulé de façon idéale.
L'appartement est bien situé en centre ville, proche du métro et des commerces.
L'appartement en lui-même est très agréable, dans un style familial. Tout est prévu pour le confort des hôtes... Le fait que chaque chambre ait sa salle de bain est un vrai plus, extrêmement confortable.
De plus l'accueil est sympathique et john fait tout pour que cela se passe bien...
Merci à lui et nous ne pouvons que recommander chaleureusement cette appartement.
Thank you John, all was well with you.
Were in the center of St-Petersburg, and yet in a cozy corner.
Clean and comfortable, John has even supplied us with fresh fruit, everything ok, always happy ....
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About the Host, John
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 (website hidden)