Duration of stay: 21st till 23rd October 2015
I must say that Anne has done a good job when selecting Grand Mark hotel as a place to stay in St Petersburg. Even though this is not a 5 star hotel but as soon as you step inside, you may find everything is considerably cosy with a spacious room, furnished in modern yet elegant style and all necessities needed for a comfortable stay while a guest on travel are provided for. The hotel management has ensure what need to be done to ensure their guests comforts at an amazing room rates chargeable. In addition, it felt more than worthy as it is located within walking distance to all attraction in our list. Trust me, we did not even takes any public transportation that day, beside a taxi to and from the hotel to the railway station.
They achieved 9.1 out of 10 marks from the famous travel website, tripadvisor. Before our departure on a last day, I recorded my stay at the above photo as a verification that they deserved the said rank. You may book directly at their website, grandmarkhotels should you want to endorse other tripadvisor and my recommendation. Below 2 photos are how the bed and the shower looks like it. They have a wardrobe, 2 seater sofas, dressing table and tea/coffee facilities at the entrance side, which are not visible in the photo. We were given a room on the ground floor, facing the road. I instantly love it as I able to place my luggage next to to the window. Besides, it provides drinking water (hot and warm) just outside the corridor where 2 rooms seated side by side.
Grand Mark Hotel is a boutique hotel in St. Petersburg. It bear an address at 190000, Russia, Saint Petersburg, Galernaya st., 12, Admiralteyskaya metro station. The elegant interiors, cosiness, care and hospitality of the personnel create the atmosphere of full comfort necessary for worthy rest specially prepared to receive their guests. The combination of unique location of the mini-hotel in the historical centre of the city, professionalism of the personnel and comfort of the rooms will make your staying in St. Petersburg pleasant and memorable. I snapped of Anne's photo when we got out for our first evening stroll using the door next to our room. The hotel is seated on the right side of below street.
|Our selection of breakfast for 2 mornings|
We paid Russian Rubble currency, RUB5,300 for 2 nights which include breakfast. What was included in the room rates are breakfast that is serves from 7 in the morning till 11.00 where you may request to be send to your room, like what we did for 2 days in a row. Quite a hearty breakfast they prepared as you can see in the photo above. It also gives free and strong internet via Wi-Fi which help Anne a lot to upload album photos on her Facebook. Besides, dressing gown, slippers, hair-dryer, personal hygiene kit, telephone (intra-city calls), ironing board, iron, tea, coffee are also provided without additional charges. Prices are given in roubles, per room cost of extra bed (sofa) - 1000 rub. checkout time is at 12:00 whilst check-in time is at 14:00. Children under 5 years old is free if sharing the bed. You need to find out how much it will cost for extra bed from the reception seated on the 2nd floor. By the way, there's lift available in the building and you should have no worry about bringing your heavy luggage up and down.
Grand Mark Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of St. Petersburg on a quiet and pleasant street. Close to this mini budget lovable hotel are, Hermitage Museum, Palace Square, St. Isaac Cathedral, The Bronze Horseman, Saint Petersburg Manege, Neva Embankment, Mariinski Theater, Nevskiy Prospect, House of Assembly, Constitutional Court, Admiralteyskaya metro station.
All guests are provided with a visa invitation and registration for foreigners. The rates they charged for transfer from and to the airport and railway station are very much reasonable, hence, I would very much advise you to take up their offer. They also provide daily transportation and excursion services. Laundry and dry-cleaning services are also provided like in other hotels. You may also can get them to arrange for tickets purchasing, i.e. air tickets, railway tickets, theaters and exhibitions. The combination it's unique location of this boutique hotel in the historical centre of the city, professionalism of the personnel and comfort of the rooms will make your staying in St. Petersburg more pleasant and memorable.
The bright illuminated room, cleanliness and comfortable level of Grand Mark Hotel is indeed equipped with everything you may need while being away from your home. There is a bathroom, satellite TV, hair dryer, air-conditioning and mini-bar in every room. Personal safe is also provided that you may use to keep your valuables. From their website, it was stated that the interiors of Grand Mark hotel are decorated with works of the painter Semerenko Vladimir.
Finally, I wish to recommend all of you to choose Grand Mark Hotel as your future place to stay should you arrive in this lovely city. It's all worth for money.