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Reviewed on 28 Apr 2019
A large number of St. Petersburg’s hotels now offer WiFi to their guests. Hotels with a focus on the business market particularly have free in-room WiFi as well as internet access in their business centres and meeting rooms. Family-focused and tourist three-star accommodation generally provide free WiFi in public areas.
Hotels with WiFi are well spread around the city centre, placing guests only minutes away from most of St. Petersburg’s popular tourist sights and attractions. A handful of WiFi-equipped hotels are clustered along Nevsky Prospekt between Vosstaniya Square and Aleksandra Nevsky Square.
As well as WiFi access, these slick hotels offer a wide range of facilities depending on their class. Modestly priced three-star accommodation provides modern comforts, including fitness centres, while five-star hotels pamper guests with indoor pools and spa areas.
There’d be no St. Petersburg if it hadn’t been for Peter the Great, who selected the exact location for the city and commissioned the Peter and Paul Fortress on Zayachy Island in 1703. Peter laid the fortress’s first foundation stone himself and soon the structure became the huge citadel that stands today.
Another of St. Petersburg’s earliest buildings is the small cabin of Peter the Great. The wooden house was the first royal residence in the city and is today covered by a red-brick pavilion. Visitors can take a look inside and see many of Peter’s personal items.
St. Petersburg has a rich literary history and many famous Russian authors made the city their home. A handful of authors’ former apartments now open as museums, and displays many of the writers’ notes and belongings. One of the most popular is Dostoyevsky’s flat, which is now a dedicated memorial to the author’s life.
With a wide selection of bars and restaurants to suit every budget, Nevsky Prospekt is not only St. Petersburg’s main thoroughfare but also where you’ll find the city’s best nightlife. Turn down Dumskaya street for some great bar hopping and live music bars. For an evening of high culture, there are two world-renowned theatres to choose from: the Mariinsky (home to the oldest ballet company in Russia) and the opulent Mikhailovsky.