Courtyard St. Petersburg Vasilievsky, Russia Review
The Courtyard St. Petersburg Vasilievsky is located on the island of Vasilievsky, which is just next to the island that has St. Peterbsurg's main attractions. The immediate area around it has some seriously good food and is more laid back than the busy city center, though. Check-in was very friendly and in fluent English. The Marriott front desks all over Russia shine with great skills and great service. I'm not sure how Marriott pulled it off, but it's such a striking contrast to dealing with most people in Russia. As a Marriott Gold, I was upgraded to a Junior Suite. While the room was huge and had wonderful views, it leaned right over the busy (and loud) road. I called the front desk, who had no issue giving me another room, but took their time in finding a quieter Junior Suite. I had lunch and then went up to my new room that was very similar and yet quiet. I could not find a fault with this room - it was done to perfection. The mattress had the right mix of firm and soft and the work desk was perfectly equipped. The WiFi was easy to connect to and came in at 20 Mbit, the heating worked perfectly and the double-pane windows kept out the cold wind and noise. The bathroom had all amenities you'd expect and everything was working. The shower had perfect pressure and there was ample hot water. Breakfast was not included in my reservation and Marriott does not offer it to Golds unless there is an Executive Lounge. The breakfast buffet is just $6, though the spread is of rather sorry quality. I skipped it and went across the street to Radosti - a wonderful coffee shop oasis in this busy city. The Courtyard St. Petersburg Vasilievsky often has rates around $60. You get a high quality hotel without any bells and whistles, but with great attention to detail. The staff are really concerned about you and friendly. I was very happy with my stay and would happily return. You can book the Courtyard St. Petersburg Vasilievsky here.