The only true bargain on Nevsky, this seven-room hostel was once a communal apartment in an imposing Stalin-era building. The company also has a dozen apartments scattered around the city center that rent by the night for very reasonable rates. Rooms in the Bed and Breakfast range from a single with no window to a spacious triple with an expansive view. They are cheerfully decorated in IKEA-style furniture. Bathrooms are shared but have shower and tub and are well-maintained. A basic breakfast is offered -- or can be made yourself -- in the common kitchen. A washing machine is available. Guests range from European students to American seniors, who are generally happy to share advice and St. Petersburg experiences. Three friendly women take turns being in charge, though their English-language proficiency varies. The hostel's chief drawbacks are the dank and foreboding stairwell and the lack of an elevator to the third floor. Otherwise, this is an excellent, low-priced option.
- © Frommer's 2013