Accommodation Guide: Teatralnaya Ploshchad and Kolomna


  • Distinctive historic charm
  • Good hotel choice
  • Near the Mariinsky Theatre


  • No metro station

This western section of Admiralteyskiy District spreads from the historic New Holland shipyard in the north and the Mariinsky Theatre on Teatralnaya Ploshchad in the east to the Admiralty Wharves and the confluence of the Neva and Fontanka Rivers. From the mid 18th century it was the site of the Kolomna settlement, a lower middle class neighborhood that was home to mariners, artisans, merchants and the poorer gentry. Before his exile from St. Petersburg, Alexander Pushkin was the first of several prominent literary figures (among them Mikhail Lermontov and Alexander Blok) to take up residence here, and wrote a famous poem entitled The Little House in Kolomna.

As the 19th century progressed, the area's wooden houses were replaced with stone apartment buildings, and the establishment of the Mariinsky Theatre added to Kolomna's prestige and bohemian charms. Other major landmarks in the area include the magnificent baroque St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral and St. Petersburg's Grand Choral Synagogue. Today, it remains one of St. Petersburg's most picturesque districts, with beautiful riverside walks and a sleepy historic charm quite distinct from the rest of the downtown area. As a place to stay, it is somewhat marred by the lack of metro access, with buses the only option for reaching Nevsky Prospekt and the rest of the city. It does, however, offer some good hotels, often at very reasonable rates, as well as proximity to the Mariinsky.

Recommended accommodation in Kolomna:

27, Naberezhnaya Kryukova Kanala, St. Petersburg, 190068, RussiaShow on map 2.40 km
Nearest metro: Sennaya ploshad, Tehnologichesky institut
Regularly ranked by travelers and reviewers among the very top hotels in St. Petersburg, the Alexander House is a small family-run hotel with a beautiful waterside location on the Kryukov Canal, a short walk from St. Nicholas Cathedral and the Mariinsky Theatre. The 20 guest rooms all feature charming, individually designed interiors, while public spaces include a cozy cafe-bar, library, and private garden where breakfast can be taken in summer. »»»
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3, Naberezhnaya Reki Pryazhki, St. Petersburg, 190121, RussiaShow on map 2.54 km
Nearest metro: Sadovaya/Spasskaya/Sennaya Ploshchad
One of the first small private hotels to establish itself in St. Petersburg in the 1990s, the Matisov Domik quickly won a reputation for comfortable accommodation and high levels of service. Those standards are still maintained, while rates remain very low. The hotel's location, on a small island in the far west of the Kolomna district, has its appeal, especially for those who want peace and quiet, but is fairly isolated. For tour groups with their own bus, however, it's an excellent option.  
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30, Naberezhnaya Reki Pryazhki, St. Petersburg, 190121, RussiaShow on map 2.62 km
Nearest metro: Sadovaya/Spasskaya/Sennaya Ploshchad
Occupying a modern building next to the Pryazhka River, this vibrantly decorated standard hotel offers friendly service and excellent value accommodation with unique and original style. There's also a standard range of 3-star business and concierge services, as well as full-service restaurant and bar. It takes only ten minutes to walk from the Red Stars Hotel to the Mariinsky Theatre, but you'll need to use the bus network to get anywhere else in St. Petersburg.  
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