Nonetheless, it's clear that many of our users prefer to search for St. Petersburg hotels according to star ratings, so to help them we have set out below the hotels we feature in accordance with star classifications as used by our booking partners, Booking.com.
St. Petersburg's 5-star hotels for the most part live up to the standards that international travelers would expect from the highest available rating, although in a few cases facilities fall well short of the normal criteria for this category.
The hotels in St. Petersburg that claim 4-star status vary widely, from large international chains for business travelers to small, private hotels with minimal facilities. In general, the extra star does denote a higher standard of in-room comfort, at least.
Hotels assigned three stars in St. Petersburg include several of the large properties built in the Soviet era, but also an increasing number of smaller downtown hotels offering good value and, in many cases, very respectable levels of comfort and style.
There are still some hotels in St. Petersburg that have either not gained an official star rating or do not bother to advertise it. While the majority are unlikely to be of interest to foreign travelers, there are a handful of small private hotels that are well worth considering.