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Elena Ulko

Professional Licenced Tour Guide

123 Konstantinovskaya street,
188640 Vsevolozhsk Russia

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Hotels.

An alternative to staying at a big hotel can be staying at a cozy mini-hotel that offers a far more pleasant atmosphere than that you can find in huge luxurious hotels.

Arkadia Hotel offers big, comfortable and fully equipped rooms for reasonable prices. The hotel is located in the city center, next to a metro station and is within a walking distance to the main city sights.

The hotel building is situated within 5 minute walk from St. Isaak’s Cathedral, the famous Bronze Horseman Monument, splendid ensemble of the Admiralty, the pearl of our wonderful city-Winter Palace and the Hermitage Museum and, of course, the world famous Nevsky prospect. This comfortable hotel provides a whole complex of services. Cosy rooms decorated in light warm colors are equipped according to the European standards. All rooms feature a safe box, a TV and a mini-bar; an air-conditioner. On the ground floor of the hotel there is a small classical restaurant. It offers delicious dishes of European cuisine. The hotel’s banquet hall is a perfect place for celebrations, romantic date and business meetings.

To make your stay more pleasant there is a 24 hour sauna with a swimming pool and a comfortable room for rest. The hotel parking is under 24 hour video-control. If you travel with a child, baby-cots are available.

To inquire about the availability of rooms and the prices please contact me

Private apartments.

An alternative to staying at a hotel can be an inexpensive accommodation in a furnished and comfortable apartment in the very historical center of Saint-Petersburg and in residential areas for any length of stay.

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All apartments are within walking distance of the main St-Petersburg sights, theatres, shops, subway stations, main offices, embassies, markets, restaurants. Certainly, you don't share these apartments with anybody, you have all the keys and whole apartment is only for you, you can invite any guests, nobody will disturb you, etc. All apartments have no problems with hot water supplying. There is everything for living in the apartment: bedding, blankets, towels, soap, toilet paper, etc. If you need, the apartment will be cleaned and tidied up and bedding is changed in 5-7 days.

Have a detailed look at one of the apartments

To know the availability of apartments please contact me.

 

Staying with a Russian family. 

If you don't want to be alone all the time and want to have a warm company during your stay in Saint Petersburg consider living in a family!

Living in Russian family has many positive sides. First of all, it gives you a unique chance to get acquainted with the Russian lifestyle, enjoy traditional Russian cooking and get to know ordinary Russian people better. We are more than convinced that you will make great friends with the family you stay with and they will not let you go back home emptyhanded, they will load you with presents and souvenirs that you will never find in any souvenir store!

Second argument for choosing this kind of accommodation is that it is MUCH cheaper and much more convenient than living in a hotel or in a private apartment. Just think, you won't have any trouble cooking for yourself and shopping for food or going out to eat at a restaurant every night. You will have much more spare time. You will enjoy cozy family evenings with a cup of tea, coffee or beer, if you prefer. We're sure your host family will be glad to organize a special party for you, with huge meat, fish or fruit pies, traditional Russian vodka and singing songs. You might also ask your hostess to cook something special for you.

While staying with a Russian family you will have to pay only for the food they cook for you.

To arrange for a home-stay please contact me.



Reasons For Renting Private Apartments:
  1. Better Value: The hotel market in St. Petersburg is presently not sufficient to meet the tourism and business travel growth the city is experiencing. There are a few high end Western style hotels, but they charge over $200 per night for a small single room. Most of the Russian style hotels are poor in quality and the ones in the Center still charge over $100 for 4 walls and a bed. By contrast, $100 for an apartment would rent you a luxurious western remodeled 2 bedroom apartment with comfortable living room, full kitchen, stylish bathroom, etc. within walking distance to many of the great historical sites of the city.

  2. Privacy: Unfortunately Russian run hotels often have security that feels your private life is their opportunity to earn money. They will often request/require bribes if you wish for a friend to visit you.

  3. Helping People: Unfortunately, there are few opportunities for hard working Russians to develop middle class incomes. With rare exception, private rental apartments are owned by individuals who worked hard and saved, and then worked hard again to refurbish their apartment. Most rental agents, such as myself, are independents trying to build a business and reputation for ourselves. In contrast, hotels pay terrible wages to it's workers, usually less than $100 a month for full time labor.

    We have a wide range of apartments available.

 

Advantages of staying with a Russian family:
  1. Much cheaper than living in a hotel or in a private apartment.

  2. More convenient and much more interesting and exciting.

  3. Gives you a unique chance to enjoy Russian traditional cuisine without going to a restaurant every night.

  4. You will have a possibility to improve your Russian language skills.

  5. You will make a lot of new friends.

 

 


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