In St. Petersburg, there are plenty of options for the discerning business traveler, ranging from award-winning hostels for budget-conscious creative types to five-star hotels for expense account CEOs.
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace in St. Petersburg. Photo: Four Seasons
Doing business in St. Petersburg is more relaxed and more affordable than in Russia’s capital, and as a result, the city offers a selection of high-quality hotels at lower price points than what you might expect in Moscow. The list featured here is by no means comprehensive, but offers up a variety of hotels that should appeal to different kinds of business travelers.
These establishments have made the list because of what they offer in the way of facilities, their location and proximity to other areas and the types of special services they may offer business travelers. It is recommended to double check prices before booking as the ruble has fluctuated significantly this year due to the impact of sanctions and businesses have on occasion adjusted their prices.
Novotel is blessed with an unbeatable location mere steps from Nevsky Prospekt the city’s main thoroughfare, and is the perfect option for business travelers that seek the convenience of a central location. With 233 rooms and a dozen conference halls and meeting areas, a lobby bar, a French restaurant and gym, this hotel, which is decked out with an exterior designed to resemble the leaning tower of Pisa and the Colosseum, is perfect for busy travelers looking to accomplish a lot in a short period of time. Simultaneous translation services are procurable on site and all manner of AV and technical equipment is available. Rooms begin at 5,250 rubles (about $135).
If you need to seal a deal and require an address to impress, look no further than the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace. Located in a 19th century mansion, this location features everything a CEO could want, including a four-level luxury spa, three full-service restaurants and a lounge, an adults-only pool, a 24 hour fitness club, as well as family amenities including an in-house babysitting service and spouse programs designed to entertain an executive’s significant other. Indeed, this hotel seems to have thought of everything a high-powered and discerning guest could want. And yet the commercial services are just as impressive with a 24-hour business center, seven large meeting rooms including a formal boardroom and a banquet hall that can seat 200 guests. Rooms begin at 14,500 rubles (about $371).
This hotel is probably the best option for large conferences as it features 1,200 rooms. One of the city’s most popular hotels during the Soviet period, this structure has undergone major renovations in recent years and besides standard amenities like a salon, gym, sauna and spa, there is an adjacent indoor aqua park, featuring multiple pools and slides. But the business facilities are key as there are 26 conference rooms and a banquet hall that can accommodate up to 1,500 delegates, as well as large exhibition areas and special corners for hosting cocktail parties and coffee breaks. Additionally, the Pribaltiyskaya is located near the port and the LenExpo exhibition center. There is also a free shuttle to the city center. Rooms start at 4,700 rubles (about $120).
This is the perfect hotel for drawn out negotiations and the hammering out of contracts with international partners. Free from the distractions of the center (however, it does offer a free shuttle to the nearest metro station) and just a short ride to the airport (also a free shuttle), a 24-hour supermarket and several shopping malls, the Crowne Plaza features 11 conference rooms that are small enough for the signing of a contract and large enough to host a convention. The hotel features its own meetings director and can arrange all kinds of AV and lighting equipment. As an added bonus a “Sleep Advantage Program” is offered designed with the weary and jet-lagged traveler in mind. Rooms start at 3,044 rubles (about $78).
Soul Kitchen, as one might gather, is not a boring place, nor is it for every business traveler. However, it is a perfect destination for those that seek more up close and personal interactions with fellow travelers. Creative types will discover likeminded “souls” here and always find someone to bounce an idea off of or share a pint with in one of its common areas. Soul Kitchen has won numerous awards and is considered not only Russia’s, but one of Europe’s and the world’s best hostels. Blessed with a fantastic location on the Moika Canal and stocked with more practical amenities than your average luxury hotel, there are dorms and private rooms available starting from 800 and 2400 rubles, respectively (about $21 and $62).