Tranquil St Petersburg apartment

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Ulitsa Marata, St Petersburg, Russia
Your host, John
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The Space

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, (email hidden) 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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 9
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4
Beds: 1
Extra people: $28 / night after 8 guests
Cleaning Fee: $42
Cancellation: Strict

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  • I visited one of John's apartments with my friends during our stay in St. Petersburg. John was super helpful during the negotiations. He managed to offer us a great apartment with beautiful interior and all for a great price! We will definitely recommend to consider this option.

    February 2014
  • thanks to john, a brilliant host, me and my 5 girlfriends had an amazing time in st. petersburg. we loved the apartment - very comfortable. the metro was in walking distance - safe area - we even went jogging every morning at the canal in the neighborhood. johns taxi driver leonid (email hidden) additional! the market on the next block supplied us with the best and freshest food for breakfast.
    we would definitely recommend johns apartment!
    best wishes,sabine

    November 2013
  • John's apartment is very comfortable (we were 6 + 1 baby), mostly thanks to the 4 bathroom and the more than decent size of the common rooms. Moreover, it is tastefully decorated and ideally located, being 5-10 minutes walk from 2 metro lines.

    On the top of that, we've never had any communication issue with John, who has been very quick to answer to any of our questions.

    Would definitely recommend a stay here !!!

    September 2013
  • John's apartment was perfect for our trip. Great location, super comfortable and well equipped.

    Communicating with John was super easy and he was always prompt and friendly with his replies.

    I'd recommend this apartment anytime!

    September 2013
  • The flat was marvelous for us, Olga prepared us breakfast what we did not know that this was included, the flat was quite central, we could sometimes walk in the center. We loved to sit in the morning on the beautiful big table sometimes even together with other guests. It was a very charming atmosphere, everybody was relaxed. A well restored house that we highly recommend. Whenever I will come back, I will book there.

    June 2013
  • I can certainly recommend this B&B. The accommodation is of high quality and very good value for the money. We rented the two largest rooms, and enjoyed all aspects of this apartment. A very good choice, very well located in Saint Petersburg. We probably would like to use it again if we come back.

    February 2013
  • John's apartment is great - a massive flat in an old building with high ceilings, in the courtyard with one of those imposing buildings of which there are many in St Petersburg. If you like character, this is the place to go. Large rooms, comfortable and lovely decorated. Spotless too. Extremely convenient and central - we walked to all the sights from the flat (but you can jump on the tube which is nearby, too). Both John and Olga are very helpful too - communication has been great. I would definitely come back and stay there again. Karin

    December 2012
  • My friend and I just stayed here for 5 nights, and had a wonderful time. The location is excellent, just short walk down the street to a metro station, but still walkable to Nevsky Prospect and major sites if you want to. Our room was clean, big, and wi-fi access was excellent. Breakfasts are do-it yourself with some food provided, but you could always supplement and use the kitchen whenever you like. I highly recommend The Old Church Courtyard and would certainly return when (hopefully) I next have the opportunity to come to St. Petersburg!

    October 2012
  • John's place was nice and had a feeling of grandeur. Sometimes it felt like it was a bit too spacious for us and they do need to make it a little warmer in winter. My girlfriend and I both really enjoyed our time here, and the location was perfect for St Pete city centre.

    October 2012
  • We booked a room at short notice for one night for a flying visit to St. Petersburg and the room was described to us as "Our smallest double room (pretty small)". I have to say that we were very pleasantly surprised. A decent sized room with lots of storage and a good sized bathroom with a bath. The place is also in easy walking of a metro station, 5 minutes or so.

    The only disappointments were that we had to make some phone calls to arrange to hand back the key and that we didn't get the breakfast we were promised (which made the night look pricier).

    September 2012
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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 (website hidden)
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