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Tranquil St Petersburg apartment

John

Tranquil St Petersburg apartment

9 guests
4 bedrooms
1 bed
4 baths
9 guests
4 bedrooms
1 bed
4 baths

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 talk at our bar.

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.

Amenities

Free parking on premises
Kitchen
Wifi
Washer
Heating

House Rules

No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

Availability

34 Reviews

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Carl
April 2016
Lovely apartment in a convenient location and a great host. We visited as two families for two nights. Everything went very smoothly, both before and during the visit.
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Will
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!
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Erin
October 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…
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Anonymous
March 2012
The Old Church Courtyard is a wonderful place to stay. The rooms are clean, spacious, and decorated with old world charm. It's not a typical bed and breakfast. It's better. You're not on anyone's schedule. Just help yourself to the kitchen and supplies. It's easy to make yourself…
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Claire
August 2017
We had a great stay, everything was perfect for a group of 8 people -- thanks for making our family holiday very enjoyable!
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Bethan
May 2017
The flat is in a fantastic location, with great restaurants on the doorstep. Big airy rooms with beautiful on suite bathrooms. The tube is round the corner. It feels very safe and secure. I agree with other reviews that enterance hall was a bit scruffy but once in flat it's be…
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Essi
February 2017
We spend a long weekend in John´s apartment with 8 people. The flat is really beautiful and located in a perfect place, John and people who helped him were really friendly and helpful and I couldn´t have hoped for anything more. Five star! Totally recommendable:)

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Berlin, GermanyJoined in June 2009
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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, (amateur) architect, furniture-restorer, cook. For my unconventional take on St Petersburg, see …
Languages: English, Русский
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