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Balcony rooms

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Balcony rooms

2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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BreakfastThis is one of few homes in this area that has this feature.

The space

This is a set of three interconnecting rooms in my apartment / guesthouse The Academy Garden.

The first room is the apartment’s original drawing room, a handsome space which retains the original quietly ornate ceiling mouldings. Off to the right of it is a small additional space with bookshelves, a useful antique desk, and a sofa – a quiet corner for relaxation or cozy conversations. Off to the left of the main room, through the original double doors, is a small bedroom with a double bed, interesting parquet floor, and a door leading out onto the balcony – the ideal spot in which to take coffee in the morning sun. The six arched windows in this set of rooms look out onto the garden of the Academy of Arts, a scene of never ceasing variety - a dense wall of greenery in the summer and in the winter an expanse of open white space inscribed with an intricate tracery of branches and the Classical lines of the Academy buildings.

The 'balcony rooms' have the (more or less exclusive) use of a small bathroom (shower, no tub) just across the hallway.

Location: our 230 square metre apartment is directly opposite the garden of the Academy of Arts. The Hermitage, St Isaac's, and the Mariinsky Theatre are all 15-20 minutes' walk away; the Menshikov Palace is only 5. Nearest metro station: 6 minutes. Turn right out of our front door, walk 150 metres, and you find yourself on the bank of the main river, with all of the centre of St Petersburg spread before you. Opposite and a little to the left are St Isaac’s and the statue of the Bronze Horseman. Beside you are the twin sphinxes crouching solemnly on the embankment in front of the Academy of Arts. This is an ideal spot from which to watch the raising of the bridges on summer nights.

Kitchen / dining room: the apartment has a fully equipped kitchen adjoining a large dining room.

Rates: The nightly rate for these rooms varies depending on time of year and number of occupants, and includes breakfast, unlimited tea and coffee, and some help (where required) with getting to know St Petersburg. Discounts are available for artists, academics, and anyone with a good case to make.

Amenities

Lift
Free parking on premises
Kitchen
Wifi
Breakfast
Heating

House Rules

No smoking.

Availability

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Paola
May 2016
What an enchanting place! John's apartment was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to St. Petersburg. John is a delightful host that assisted us pretty much with everything, from helping us with our visa to arranging a transport to the airport, to giving us a lot of pr…
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Mladen
February 2016
It rarely happens that we find ourselves in the circumstances where there's nothing we might complain about. Still it happened to us in Saint Petersburg at John's apartment. This is the most beautiful apartment you can imagine. As a matter of fact, one should never try to imagi…
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Alice
July 2015
From the time we booked the apartment, John was extremely helpful and responsive in giving us all the information we needed about visiting the area. We received a lot of help from him during our visa process despite our group's logistical challenges! John's daughter received us a…
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Sarah
June 2015
It was a pleasure dealing with John prior to our stay. He resides in Berlin, but Tonya was there to help guests, clean rooms etc. The apartment is very beautiful & in a good location. Suggest getting good directions from John prior to arrival - we had no trouble finding academy …
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M
June 2015
Beautiful accommodation, and perfect central location. Very fast response and assistance. Yummy breakfast, and welcoming hosts. Thank you!
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Tomski
May 2015
The flat was really really nice, great location. Clean, quite, great breakfast and Tonya was ready to answer any questions we had about the city!
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Joachim
May 2015
Visiting Petersburg was an overall interesting and worthwhile event. Staying “at” John made it all even better – no way that I ever would stay anywhere else when I come back – not only due to the central location, near enough to one of the widely spread metro stations. Also John …

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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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