The vast majority of apartments is situated in the historical center of the city. It is good to know that the historical center of the city is made of 4 districts: “Центральный” = “Tsentralny” (=The Center), “Адмиралтейский” = “Admiralteyskiy” (Of Admiralty), “Петроградский” = “Petrogradskiy”, “Василеостровский” = “Vasileostrovskiy”.
You can rent a flat for the stay. There are many companies that offer the daily rentals in St-Petersburg. The advantages of the flats: the house comfort, privacy, economic benefits when placing a company of 3 people and more, etc. The disadvantage of a flat in a country whose language you do not know is that in case of any problems you will have to rely on the owner.
I advise you to pay attention to the ratings of apartments, to read the comments. Nice apartments on the set parameters can be found in the Russian website http://spb.sutochno.ru– I have already checked a lot of apartments that are offered on the website. The prices were adequate, the photos of apartments were up-to-date. You can translate the link with the help of google translator. Unfortunately, the filtering options fade with the help of google translator, so I have made the Russian interface to be more understandable to you on the print screen below.
The red line of underground transport is the most overcrowded line in the city. The stations “Prospect Veteranov”=”Проспект Ветеранов”, “Avtovo”=”Автово” and “Baltiyskaya”=”Балтийская” are the most overcrowded, as the buses and trains from the suburbs are coming there.
“Vasileostrovskaya” = “Василеостровская” metro station has huge crowds of people inside and around the station during the morning and evening rush hours – 8-9 am, 6-7 pm. During the commuter time this part of the city is separated from the Admiralteiskiy district by the bridges.
There is a football stadium near “Sportivnaya”=”Спортивная” metro station. After the games, the subway is closed for an hour or 2 and the whole place around is full of the football fans who can be rather aggressive. This is one of the stations that works at nights 2 times a week so it is possible to get from the island to the Admiralty district (you can find more information here).
For a first visit to the city, I would recommend you to live in the very Historic Center, where you can go to the main attractions on foot. There are 3 subway stations which are equidistant from the main attractions: “Nevskiy Prospect” = “Невский проспект”, “Gostiniy Dvor” = “Гостиный двор” and “Admiralteiskaya” = “Адмиралтейская”. You can make a search about Historic Center here.
1) Check the section “the budgetary vacation”. If you have flexible dates for the trip, check the calendar of prices of accomodation options and airplane tickets.
If you are going to visit the city during the season of “High prices” I would recommend you to book the apartment as fast as possible so that you get the fixed price for the stay and the opportunity to find something cheaper, having the spare option. After having taken this step, you will be able to find something better and more economical, and to choose the best option. If you don’t take the step, you will probably overpay for the accommodation.
2) Try to use several systems of booking in order to have an objective score for the place. Don’t forget to read the comments. I always recommend that you read the comments as they may have useful advice for exploring the city.
3) Read the booking requirements carefully – pay attention for the prepayment – some of the hotels take the nonrefundable sum of money, a deposit, for the whole length of stay. Other hotels freeze the sum of 1 or 2 days of stay in advance.
4) If the hotel is situated far away from Nevsky Prospect (you should always look at the map while booking the hotel), pay attention to the distance to the nearest subway station. It would be also a good idea to check the route from the hotel to the main attractions . If you are going to live near the stop of public transport that is ok too.
5) Don’t drink the tap water – the filtration system of the city is not that great as you may think; the water pipes can be rather old. Those locals who want to use the tap water, buy the special filters for the tap and\ or boil water. Cold water is usually more clean than the hot water. You can brush your teeth though with the water, it is not good only for drinking. Buy the water in the shops to be sure of its quality.
6) Do not forget about draw bridges – some of the islands that are separated by the Neva River don’t have any connections between each other at night (you should read the sectors “transport”, “the things to know”).
You can find the options for accomodation below. Enjoy reading!
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