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Nevsky Breeze Hotel

Nearest metro: Admiralteyskaya

The Nevsky Breeze Hotel has a uniquely attractive location on Galernaya Ulitsa, a charming side street that runs from an archway in the colossal Senate and Synod Building on Ploshchad Dekabristov down to the Admiralty Wharves and St. Petersburg's docklands. Major attractions including the Bronze Horseman and St. Isaacs Cathedral are just a few steps away, while Galernaya Ulitsa itself has several good restaurants and cafes, and grocery stores for basic provisions.

This part of the historic center is not particularly well served by public transport. The nearest metro station, Nevsky Prospekt, is about 1km from the hotel, although there are several bus and trolleybus routes that run past St. Isaac's Cathedral. Moskovsky Station is just over 2km away down Nevsky Prospekt, and can be reached by car in around 20 minutes. Other mainline stations are a little further afield, but journeys should take no longer than 40 minutes. Pulkovo International Airport is about 17km south of the city center, and guest should allow at least one hour for the drive, particularly at peak times.

Local Sightseeing

The Nevsky Breeze Hotel is only a short walk away from St. Petersburg's two biggest visitor attractions, the Hermitage and St. Isaac's Cathedral. Meanwhile, the whole area around the hotel is packed with monumental neoclassical architecture and sights of historical significance.

Galernaya Ulitsa begins with an archway in the Senate and Synod building, an enormous yellow-and-white neoclassical palace built by Carlo Rossi to house the highest administrations of the country and the Russian Orthodox Church. Directly opposite the archway in the center of Ploshchad Dekabristov stands the Bronze Horseman, the famous equestrian statue of St. Petersburg's founder, Peter the Great, commissioned from French sculptor Etienne Falconet by Catherine the Great and completed in 1782. With its groundbreaking pose - the rearing horse is anchored by the thick iron of its tail - and the imposing dimensions of its pedestal, the 1600-tonne Thunder Rock, the Bronze Horseman is an awesome spectacle that has inspired numerous responses in Russian literature, most famously in Alexander Pushkin's epic poem of the same name.

To the south of the Senate Building, the Horseguards' Manege is another neoclassical masterpiece, this time by Giacomo Quarenghi. It is now the Central Exhibition Center, which regularly hosts major exhibitions of modern art and photography.

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