Originally I am from Russia. I've been living in the USA for the last 15 years. I haven't been to my home town - St.-Petersburg for 8 years. November 2016 was my 1st time staying in the hotel.
I RECOMMEND everybody to stay in this hotel. I was impressed for the first few days, then I was just enjoying my time in the hotel. I spend 17 days 16 nights in Akyan. Frankly I was spoiled by the staff.
Hotel is in the center of the city close to metro station and any place you want to visit in St.-Petersburg. It is beautiful outside and inside, very clean (seemed to me they were cleaning it 24/7). The staff is unbelievably friendly, nice, polite and helpful!!! The night I was leaving I got a hug from a few of them, I was in tears.
As for breakfast, I have never had such experience before. Working days the breakfast was 7am - 11am. Weekends - 8am-12am. Food, it was delicious. They have buffet. You can find there any food you like, want or prefer to eat. I am not proud of myself, but I gained 3 kg, could not say NO to myself, kept eating Russian pancakes :)!!!
Also it is very warm in the hotel, I had to open the window every day, but I like when it is cool. The bathrooms, showers are extremely clean and beautiful. There was no such thing as not enough hot water.
My experience staying in Akyan was the best!
Julia, Evgeniya and all day time and night time Receptionists THANKS A LOT!!! You made my vacation unforgettable!!! You are the best!
I wanted to stay somewhere that isn't chained or luxurious filled with tourists from package tours. I wanted somewhere where locals will stay in and hence I chose this hotel when I went to St Petersburg.
The location is great. It is walking distance to most sites as well as being right by the Metro station and lots of shopping and restaurants.
The hotel is as it says: a boutique hotel. We couldn't find it at first, and then it surprised us with a cute little room 4 floors up the stairs in what seems to be a residential building.
Staff is pleasant but not overly keen on being friendly (nor were they rude - they were just, there).
The room was comfortable and very cute - it was decorated with lovely furnishing, but we didn't have a good sleep....
We had room 402 which was above the main road and with thin walls and windows we could hear all the traffic and nearby parties throughout the night, unfortunately.
Breakfast is sufficient, but I wouldn't call it good...
Having said all that - for the price paid it's good value.
The hotel is on the 4th floor with no elevator. It is not suitable for anyone with mobility limitations.
The staff is very friendly, helpful and most speak English. There is an elevator even though I read here that there wasn't (the hotel has expanded into another part of the building). There was a mini-bar in the room, but we found a 24 hour convenience store half a block away. One of the stops on the popular boat tour is a short walk away - you can hop on and off at 7 stops around town. The Metro is right across the street, and provides inexpensive transportation all over the city.
Traveller from Florida
The hotel is located in heart of the long standing centre of Saint Petersburg on Nevsky prospect and Mayakovskaya metro …More
The hotel itself is easy to find and is located in a very safe area. Dining, entertainment, shopping, and all kinds of public transportation is within a short walking distance.
Our room, as well as entire hotel, were very clean. Housekeeping maintains the rooms on a daily basis. Daily breakfast was great.
Hotel staff was super friendly and was available for assistance 24 hours. The walls were sound proof, which was an important factor and everyone was able to get good rest at night.