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Tranquil St Petersburg apartment

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Tranquil St Petersburg apartment

9 guests
4 bedrooms
1 bed
4 baths
9 guests
4 bedrooms
1 bed
4 baths
Great check-in experience
100% of recent guests gave this home’s check-in process a 5-star rating.
Great location
100% of recent guests gave this home’s location a 5-star rating.
Sparkling clean
2 recent guests have said that this home was sparkling clean.

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
No pets
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

Availability

37 Reviews

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Josh
June 2018
Great place
Nima User Profile
Nima
June 2018
John is an amazing host, excellent and friendly communicator and very accommodating. We stayed at his place for the World Cup of Soccer and truly enjoyed our stay. The place was great, clean and close to everything. Definitely recommend John and his place to anyone.
Claire User Profile
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!
Bethan User Profile
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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Boya
December 2016
The place is quite convenient for life, including restaurants and shops. It is near the train station, and several hundred meters away from Nevasky street. My friends and I spent a good time there. I would recommend this place if you are in group of 8. That would be a great value…
Carl User Profile
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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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 an amateur builder, furniture-restorer, and cook. For my unconventional take on St Petersburg, see
Languages: English, Русский
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