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Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden

Nearest metro: Tehnologichesky Institut

The Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden is located in a small piece of parkland just off Moskovsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg's main southern avenue. While some distance from the "Golden Triangle" of top tourist attractions, the Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden is still within the historic center of St. Petersburg, and has excellent transport links both to the downtown sightseeing areas and to the airport.

Technologicheskiy Institut Metro Station is around ten minutes' walk from the hotel. From there it is two stops to Nevsky Prospekt Station, on St. Petersburg's famous central avenue, which is within ten minutes' walk of the Hermitage, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the State Russian Museum, the Kazan Cathedral, and the Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood.

The closest mainline station to the Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden is Vitebsky Station, where trains arrive from Belarus and the Baltic States (and there are suburban services to the Imperial parks and palaces at Pushkin and Pavlovsk). The station is one metro stop or 5-10 minutes' drive from the hotel. Moskovsky Station can be reached by metro or car in about 20 minutes from the Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden, and Ladozhskiy Station is around 30 minutes' drive away.

The Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden is only a few steps from Moskovsky Prospekt, which leads directly out of the city to Pulkovo-2 International Airport, about 10km or 20 minutes' drive away. Pulkovo-1, the domestic terminal, is a further 2km out of the city.

Local Sightseeing

The Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden is located in a part of St. Petersburg that was once the industrial heart of the city. For this reason, there are few popular visitor attractions in the immediate vicinity of the hotel.

For fans of industrial architecture, the embankments of the Obvodniy Canal, about 10 minutes' walk from the hotel, has some superb 19th century factories and warehouses that in many cities would long ago have been converted into residential developments, but in St. Petersburg retain a derelict charm of their own. Among them is the Church of the Resurrection of Christ by Varshavsky Station, an enormously impressive large church built in the first decade of the 20th century in the Russian Revival style, which was once a center of the temperance movement in the city.

Vitebsky Station, which is also within walking distance of the hotel, is one of the finest Style Moderne architectural monuments in the city, and is also the station from which to take suburban trains to Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Pavlovsk for the magnificent Imperial palaces and parks that are among St. Petersburg's most popular sights.

About 2km down Moskovsky Prospekt from the Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden, the Moscow Gates triumphal arch was erected to celebrate victory in the Russo-Turkish War, and once marked the southern boundaries of the city.

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