Excellent location. Close to metro. Clean throughout.
BUT does offer 4 star accommodation or facilities.
Rooms exceptionally small.
No hotel/area information in room.
No tea/coffee making facilities in room.
No room service.
Only 3 hangers in wardrobe.
Wi-fi kept dropping out.
Luke warm water in shower.
Unlined Curtains let outside lighting into the room.
Poor selection at breakfast with awkward layout.
Coffee machine inadequate for number of people, it was very slow and ran out of water or milk too often.
The Catherine Art Hotel describes itself as a 'capsule' hotel, and this is an apt description. Elsewhere, I'm aware, people have complained about the small size of the rooms. They are small, it is true, but this is the trade-off: incredibly centrally located for a very reasonable price. Something has got to give.
I travelled with a friend, and we booked a double room each. There was room, in each of our rooms, for the bed, the wardrobe and luggage, but it left little spare space for much else, so I suspect a couple staying in the room would have to Cox and Box a little with bathroom/dressing arrangements.
But - and it's a big but - the hotel is right in the middle of everything. It's at the sightseeing end of Nevsky Prospekt, 5 minutes' walk from the Cathedral of the Spilled Blood and the Russian Museum, and a mere 15 minutes' walk to St Isaac's Cathedral and The Hermitage; Kazan Cathedral is directly opposite. There are bus stops right outside the hotel, and a metro station 5 minutes away.
If you're a single traveller interested mostly in spending time in this generously cultured city, and using your hotel room as somewhere to sleep, wash and keep your stuff, then Catherine Art is perfect. If what you want is a spacious hotel room that allows you to relax with a newspaper, listen to music, and be a home-from-home, then look elsewhere and pay more money.
Everything is clean and orderly, and the staff are friendly and extremely helpful. For the purpose I wanted it, this hotel was perfect.
We stayed here in a group of 59 as part of a tour with Exoticca. The location is excellent as it's just off Nevsky Prospect and the sights of central St. Petersburg are within walking distance. There is also fast WiFi throughout the hotel.
Unfortunately that's where the good stuff ends! This hotel is completely unsuitable for a large group. The reception area is very small and there is only 1 lift which holds a maximum of 4 people with luggage! We were initially given a room on the top (6th) floor in a separate building. It was tiny and under the sloping roof so we couldn't stand up straight in it! A TV mounted on the wall was jutting out at head height and could easily have caused an injury. There were no windows, just a skylight. During the night it was raining heavily and the noise kept us awake. The bathroom was so small that the toilet had been fitted in at an angle. There's absolutely no way any guests should have been put in a room like that! We complained and were given a room in the main building the next day. This was much better, still very small, but at least we could stand up. There was no safe in the rooms. The breakfast was in another building opposite reception and was very basic.
The room was clean, service good, helpful staff. A bit tight rooms and corridors, but likeable. We did not have any problem. The location is superb.
The only problem was finding the room, or finding the lobby, almost always! To get to our room in 5 th floor, we should take the elevator to the 4 th floor. Then going through a few corridors to get to the next elevator, then go to 5th floor. Then go through a few corridors. My IQ is not bad, but I always got lost at the middle of the trip.
There is one reception but two separate name. We reserved a room in Catherine art but our room was located in catherine palace. Poorest room service that I have experienced ever. Very very thin wall that you can hear the next and even the upper room and could not sleep easily. Good reception follow. The location is the best parameter of this hotel