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St Petersburg Hotel...

.... so three blokes on a budget need a good secure hotel in central St Petersburg in September for 2 nights.

Had a good search through the forums and done a good google - but you know that there's nothing like personal recommendation.

Requirements.

* Secure bike parking (required)
* Laundry (required)
* Tall Russian Blondes (optional)

any thoughts guys?
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* Tall Russian Blondes (optional)

any thoughts guys?
Matt if I may clarify....

That's tall Russian FEMALES please!

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Matt if I may clarify....

That's tall Russian FEMALES please!

You're terribly picky - you know that don't you!
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so only two then!

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.... so three blokes on a budget need a good secure hotel in central St Petersburg in September for 2 nights.

Had a good search through the forums and done a good google - but you know that there's nothing like personal recommendation.

Requirements.

* Secure bike parking (required)
* Laundry (required)
* Tall Russian Blondes (optional)

any thoughts guys?
So i take it thats just 2 Russian Blondes required then?? or is Mrs Cashmore putting an ad somewhere for a Hunky geezer while your away?

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Hello Matt

I stayed at the Sovetskaya last year. Good price, decent location, very 'Soviet' style hotel in a changing city. It also happens to be where I lost my virginity 25 years ago.. I almost cried when I did the calculation.. but not to a tall Russian blonde.

Park next to the car park guards' post (outside, but 100% secure), avoid the breakfast.. and the tall Russian blondes.

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PS I know you can google but here's the Sovetskaya.. now the Azimut:
Azimut Hotel - St Petersburg, Russia

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Genius - thanks Mike - glad to see that the rain isn't just confined to the UK right now. I got soaked to the skin in Spain on the way back from Morocco - the only time it actually rained on my journey!

Martyn - I'm sure I don't know what you mean! ;-)

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Matt, I stayed about 5 days in St Petersburg (Central area inside the bridges) whilst travelling in Russia, I would recommend an apartment from Alexi -Very honest and helpful, the apartments are excellent and central and far cheaper than Hotels. Look at his site Vacation Rentals, rent apartment in St. Petersburg, Russia Apartments for rent look at the section What the clients say a few motorcyclist including ourselves have stayed with Alexi. When I am back in that part of Russia I would not hesitate to stay with his company. Jake. (Brad and Helen)
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It DOES rain here sometimes.......

[quote=mattcbf600;168459] I got soaked to the skin in Spain on the way back from Morocco [quote]

You want to experience "La Gota Fria" ( Cold Drop) if you want rain Matt...... when the Gotta Fria comes it dumps about a foot of rain in about 3 hours!

NO Kiddin! here is some of the translated page from Wikipaedia.. showing last years.
Frias significant drops
  • Beniarbeig 2007 La gota fría del 12 y 13 de octubre, sobrepasó los 400mm de precipitacioón en algunos puntos (Els Poblets, El Verger, Beniarbeig)
    Beniarbeig 2007 Cold drop from 12 to 13 October, exceeded 400mm of precipitacioón at some points (Els Poblets, Verger, Beniarbeig)
y causaron la mayor crecida documentada del río Girona , destruyendo el puente e inundando buena parte de la población.
And caused the largest flood documented River Girona, destroying the bridge and flooding much of the population.
A ellas se debe el récord de precipitación máxima en 24 horas de España con 817 mm en Oliva , Valencia el año 1987 .
They should record the highest rainfall in 24 hours in Spain with 817 mm Oliva, Valencia 1987.
También existe un dato (no confirmado por el INM) que dice que el día de 2 de octubre de 1957 cayeron en Jávea (Valencia) 871 mm.
There is also a fact (not confirmed by the INM), which states that the day of October 2, 1957 fell in Jávea (Valencia) 871 mm.
Mapa de esta gota fría:
Map of this drop cold:



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cool - thanks Adventure - we're checking that out now.

Martyn - yes that is slightly damp!

We've spotted these places... anyone?

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Hello Matt,

I stayed at the Nevsky 22 hotel and can recommend It. It is just off the Nevsky prospect and well located for getting around the city. There is a 24hr guarded secure park around 400 yards up from the hotel which is a must! I Cant remember how much that cost but the hotel was cheep and very good for Russian standards. I Think the hotel was around £30 per night with breakfast. There are also some very nice Russian birds working there but of course I was not looking when the wife was with me!
Hope that might help you a bit.

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hotel

When did you stay there? you say 30 quid but on website it says 315 dollars us in july?maybe im looking at wrong one can you put link. thanks tom
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I know that when I was looking for accomodation in cities in Russia and very much so st petersburg there are two prices (the russian price ) and the advertised price for westerners. Also most of the rooms are sold through agencies who block book for the tourist industry from the west and states. I could not figure a way around this system - other than turning up and trying to get agood rate for cash (Dollars) so as I mentioned above if pre booking it was easier to book an appartment. Mind you if you can get a hotel off nevsky prospect for £30.00 that is one hell of a deal in the centre of st petersburg.
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Hi Brittman
I booked it through expedi.com
At the time they had a special offer on for 4 nights accommodation, I thought it was £30 to £35 but I have just looked at the old receipt and it worked out at £45 per night. Sorry for the mistake. Mind it was still bl*@dy cheep! When I went on there web site they advertised it at £90 per night for mid April 2006. Give it a try but if you do find a good deal book it quick because they don`t last long! Like Jake said apartments are a good option. I looked into that but when I found that deal I booked up straight away! Didn't look too closely into any other options after that. If you can I would book up before hand. I know its not always possible but with the duel pricing ect... I think you would struggle to find something cheap without speaking good Russian. Hope that might help. I know expedi and sites like that was the last place I thought I would get good prices but it paid off for me at the time.

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matt re secure parking in st petersburg I had a hell of a job getting the bike into a secure car park - the bike was a bike not a car and in the russian car park managers beaurocratic mindset only a car could go in a car park ! I offered to pay cash Dollars then double rate ($10.00) 24hrs still not a chance and I had a russian -Alexi from the apartment trying to smooth the way. In the end Alexi offered to let us put the bike in the flat it would not fit so let us put the bike in the basement of the flats where it was secured to a radiator behind steel doors- After riding it down some stairs into the basement area - a right job. So it stayed ther for our entire stay.

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