Hotels by class

Star ratings for hotels have long been a gray area in Russia, and for years many properties claimed stars that bore little relation to their actual facilities, and even less to the expectations of foreign visitors. While there is now a single state-managed star system operating for hotels in Russia, far from all St. Petersburg hotels have signed up to it, and the system itself is, in our view, overly concerned with at times obscure technical criteria rather than the overall experience for guests. For this reason, we have designed our own classification system of St. Petersburg hotels, which we hope will give you a better idea of what to expect from your hotel in St. Petersburg.

Luxury Hotels

St. Petersburg's Luxury Hotels are the properties that fully conform to international 5-star standards for accommodation and service, with a full complement of leisure, fitness, meeting, and fine-dining facilities. They also boast historic or designer interiors, and exceptional levels of comfort in guest accommodation. All St. Petersburg's luxury hotels are located in the downtown area, close to the city's top historic attractions.

Deluxe Hotels

The hotels in St. Petersburg we classify as "deluxe" include the best 4-star hotels and some more modern 5-star properties. Deluxe Hotels may offer more modest accommodation than Luxury Hotels, or may not offer a full range of business and leisure facilities, but are guaranteed to provide 4-star accommodation and have efficient and amiable English-speaking staff. This category includes the best of St. Petersburg's small hotels.

Superior Hotels

St. Petersburg's Superior Hotels are mostly large 4-star properties offering a wide range of business and leisure facilities, but the individual character or comfort of more highly-ranked hotel. We have also included some smaller hotels without star ratings for the quality of accommodation and service, even when they lack a full range of amenities. Superior Hotels are either located in St. Petersburg's historic centre or are close to the metro and convenient for other essential destinations.

Standard Hotels

What we classify as Standard Hotels in St. Petersburg may not be luxurious, but they do offer international-standard 3-star accommodation, and many offer reasonable facilities for business and leisure. Some may even qualify for four stars under the Russian state system. Among the Standard Hotels featured here are several of the better-quality "mini-hotels", offering inexpensive accommodation in the city centre.

Budget Hotel

Our Budget Hotel are the cheapest hotel accommodation in St. Petersburg that we feel is of a quality level to our users. This can be found at older Soviet-era hotels, some of which offer aging economy-class rooms as well as more comfortable renovated rooms, and at some new "mini-hotels", most of which have better locations and more friendly staff, but which lack all but the most basic facilities for business and leisure.