I'd stayed at the Sokos before, in 2010 or 2011. At that time I had little experience with hotels in Russia. Now I have.
Sokos Olympia Garden is a good hotel. It is spacious, has lot's to offer like a good restaurant and a nice bar area. The rooms are modern and look great. The bathrooms are clean (although I stayed in room 621 which had a sewer odor) and there is a fridge to fill. The city centre is but a metro away and around the corner is a great club for dancing and what not.
The breakfast is fine, even with proper croissants and the usual Russian style breakfast. Don't get too exited if you like scrambled eggs and bacon if you like moist eggs and crispy bacon. Fresh orange juice, nope.
The one gripe I have are the synthetic pillows: they make you sweat. I don't understand why hotels don't invest in good pillows. I mean, I'm mostly there to sleep.
The Sokos Olympia Garden is a good to great choice when in St. Petersburg. Make sure you get a good price and you have a good starting point for your trips into the city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden is the only hotel in St. Petersburg located in the historical center and yet having such an easy transport access to the airport, Expoforum and Moskovsky railway station. The hotel is a perfect destination for a 'Cosy living, Smart working' surrounded by a green park for energizing walks and morning runs. A 'Mezanine' floor with 14 multi-functional meeting rooms makes our hotel the business place to be. In contrast to modern and up-to-date conference floor, one can enjoy a cosy atmosphere in Fransmanni restaurant, where the warmth of the fireplace will make you go straight from working condition to the weekend mood. 348 rooms at Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden are a great mix of coziness and functionality decorated with natural materials and textiles. Sports translations, high quality beer and tasty burgers will make an ideal end of the day with your friends or colleagues in 'Sports' Bar 84'. ... more less
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