Alexander House, St. Petersburg, Russia ****

Q: What is it? A: A nice hotel which, although not located in the epicenter of the city, stands out as a functional, not too pricey alternative in St. Pete.

A journalist bought it as a ruin. It was originally built for a prosperous local merchant at the beginning of the 19th century. Now it is a very nice Russian hotel.

A journalist bought it as a ruin. It was originally built for a prosperous local
merchant at the beginning of the 19th century. Now it is a very nice Russian hotel.

Probably not a typical Russian hotel room. Well travelled locals would say it’s not even typical for St. Petersburg.

Probably not a typical Russian hotel room. Well travelled
locals would say it’s not even typical for St. Petersburg.

The bathroom – way more spacious than it needed to be.

The bathroom – way, way more spacious than it needed to be.

Make a note of the address and how the building looks or you may have a problem explaining to your cabbie where you want him to take you.

Make a note of the address and how the building looks or you may have
a problem explaining to your cabbie where you want him to take you.

A nice place. Not bad at all.
”A very nice hotel. Keep in mind that this is Russia.” Those are the words of the local expertise that I’ve consulted, (and who am I to challenge the locals?). First impression is superb. The hotel looks nice and the young staff start out with being both smiling and helpful. They also seem to enjoy their job, which is not a thing you should take for granted. ”Keep in mind that this is Russia.” Sankt Petersburg will probably be one of Europe’s more prominent tourist spots in, say 8-10 years time, but the city still have a few miles to travel in terms of hospitality.

Eco-friendly? In Russia?
Finding this small hotel with only 19 rooms was actually a result of some patience combined with a lot of googling. I found it being somewhat of a secret among travellers, despite the high rating on TripAdvisor. It was founded by a Alexander Zhukov, a television journalist, together with his wife and they didn’t exactly make it easy for themselves. They bought what was essentially a ruin and decided to renovate it using only environmentally friendly building materials. Not an easy task in Russia. They remain St. Petersburg’s most eco-friendly hoteliers.

From Russia with… love?
Sure, compared to the Astoria, or even more so the Grand Hotel, you will find that the Alexander House isn’t exactly centrally located. On the other hand, you’ll just have to spend some 20 minutes walking, and then you are in middle of everywhere. But what the Alexander House loses in location it makes up for in the homely atmosphere.
Rooms are not exactly spectacular but individually furnished in a style reflecting their names. I stayed in Amsterdam, and you could stay in Helsinki, Nairobi or Barcelona, among others. Rooms and bathrooms are large and it is built around a courtyard where you could sit down and order breakfast in the summertime. Everything is of modern standard. Breakfast is very fine, although not impressive. Life at the Alexander House is good.
It’s not a tough job to recommend this hotel. You can feel that the owner is almost always present. The staff is excellent and they will help you with anything from visa support to airport transfers. Yes, I will most definitely stay here again. I also have a feeling that it will be quite soon. Watch this space for updates.

Alexander House
27 Kryukov Canal Embankment,
St Petersburg,
Russia, 190068

+7-812-575-3877

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