Nevsky Prospekt Bb

Map pp68-9 Mini-Hotel $$

§ 325 9398; www.bnbrussia.com; Nevsky pr 11, apt 8; s/d with shared bathroom €80/100; ® Nevsky Pr; (S)

Superbly located and delightfully decorated, this five-room facility is among the city's most charming, with tiled stoves, antique furnishings and the oldest functioning radio and TV you're likely to see anywhere. The English-speaking staff will make you feel right at home, serving breakfast and afternoon tea every day. The only downside is the shared bathroom facilities, which means the rooms are a bit overpriced. Airport transfers are included in the price, but visa support is additional.

NEVSKY INN Map pp68-9 Mini-Hotel $$

§ 970 4029; www.nevskyinn.ru; Kirpichny per 2, flat 19; s/d Nevsky-1 €75/85, Nevsky-2 €85/95; ® Nevsky Pr; (El É

Run by joint British-Russian management, this little inn is one of the best bargains in the city. It has two locations that are just around the corner from each other - both in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city's historic heart. Eleven simple rooms enjoy a straightforward décor and plenty of natural light. All guests have access to kitchen facilities.

NORD HOSTEL Map pp68-9 Hostel $

§ 571 0342; www.nordhostel.com; Bolshaya Morskayaul 10; dm/d €24/65; M Nevsky Pr; E 0

The ideal location of this discreetly marked hostel - just under the archway from Dvortsovaya pi - is almost too good to be true. An impressive stairwell leads to the friendly 1st-floor hostel, which offers six- or 10-bed dorms, as well as a private double room. All of the rooms have high ceilings, Ikea-style furniture and plenty of natural light, making for a pleasant enough atmosphere. Other facilities include lockers, kitchen, laundry and -should you feel a tune coming on - an upright piano.

HOTEL NAUKA Map pp68-9 Hostel $

@ 315 3368; Millionnaya ul 27; s €20-30, d €25-40, tr/q €20/26; ® Nevsky Pr

Soviet-era accommodation is an acquired taste, but if your budget is small and you're willing to forego bourgeois luxury, this good-value, no-frills hostel fits the bill. Advance booking is advised as it can fill up with impecunious academics who, no doubt, feel very much at home in its university dorm-style rooms. Bathrooms are shared and - depending on your room -showers may cost extra. Nobody really speaks English but that may also be part of the fun. Breakfast is not included.

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