St. Petersburg Hostels
Hostels are getting more and more popular every year.
This type of accommodation is preferred by young people. School and university students create a very friendly, cheerful, relaxed, and sociable atmosphere.
In summer you can stay in a Hostel for 500 – 1300 RUB (12 – 33 EUR) depending on the type of the room and from October to April it is a little cheaper – from 400 to 900 RUB (10 – 15 EUR).
What stands for a hostel?
Hostels provide budget-oriented accommodation in the center of the city where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed in a room for 2-12 people with shared kitchen, lounge and bathroom. Rooms tend to appear small and plain.
To make your stay comfortable and enjoyable they offer a lot of extra services: breakfast, linen, towels, iron, hair dryer, washing machine, safe deposit box, luggage room, board games and books, laptop, internet access, Wi-Fi, excursions, bike rental, etc.
As well as in Europe, hostels are often made on the basis of multiroom apartments, they can accommodate only 15-20 guests, but offer a wonderful view on the Nevsky prospect or Dvortsovaya square (the main street and square of St. Petersburg).
Select a hostel carefully, prices don’t really vary, but the quality does. Interior might be arranged in clean European style or it might be an apartment hastily converted into a hostel.
To make your vacation pleasant, we offer some advices in hostel search.
First of all, carefully choose the location. Make sure it is close to the subway – very interesting places are sometimes far from the center.
Mind the size of the room if you don’t want to live in an overcrowded place.
Pick out a hostel with visa support service, to simplify the procedure of applying for a Russian visa.
24-hours reception is a good advantage for a hostel, because you never know how long a sightseeing walk takes.
If the hostel is located not on the first floor and a 5-store walk with your luggage is not your dream, check out the availability of an elevator.
Pay attention to the number of bathrooms, your comfort fully relies on it.
To keep your values secure, look for a place with a safe at the reception desk or a lockable closet in the room.
And of course look for IYHF and RYHA signs on the hostel website, they show compliance with international and Russian standards.
You can book your accommodation directly on the website of the hostel or on the mentioned below webpages.
If you are planning a trip in summer, book your accommodation in advance, otherwise you may end up with nothing.
Interesting Hostels in St. Petersburg
We recommend you to examine the following hostels:
Rather small, modern European hostel for 68 persons (15 rooms), located on the 2nd floor of a historic building.
For those who want to stay in the heart of the city with a view on the Nevsky prospect.
Average cost for a bed in a double room 1300 RUB (32 EUR) from May to September.
The hostel is a part of modern cultural center, Loft Project Etagi, where you can find exhibitions of contemporary artists, creative atmosphere and interesting stuff from Russian designers. Wonderful accommodation for 154 guests within a walking distance from the city center.
Average cost for bed 600 – 1200 RUB (15 – 30 EUR) from May to September.
Occupies a separate building on the river embankment, 10-15 minutes from the city center, suitable for those who love nature and open spaces.
Hostel building is easily recognizable by its artistic facade. In the summer you can visit the New Holland island and relax on the outside lounge, try Russian cuisine and buy designer goods.
The world-famous Mariinsky Theatre is only several minutes walk from the hostel.
Average cost for bed in a double room 1000 RUB (25 EUR) from May to September.
Booking a hostel
You can easily choose a hostel on the following websites:
http://www.hihostels.com – Hostelling International
http://www.hostelbookers.com – Hostel Bookers
http://www.spbtravel.ru – St. Petersburg Hostels
http://www.booking.com – Booking.com
All the sites give a detailed description of the hostels and their services and also provide guest reviews, extremely valuable for making a decision.