Indagare member C.D. sends a dispatch about her first trip to St. Petersburg.
The Rossi Hotel (Fontanka River Embankment, 55 Lomonosov Square; 7 812 635 6333) was lovely; it was very Russian in décor and it had some quirks, such as having no cold water one day. Our suite was large with a great view of the canal and skyline, and had been newly remodeled. The staff all spoke English and were friendly and helpful.
The hotel restaurant was excellent. The breakfast buffet was very Russian, so included porridge, luncheon meats and cheeses, yogurt, kefir, and breads, but not much fruit. We had a delicious lunch at the hotel one day and sat outside.
The hotel was a ten-minute walk to the Nevsky Prospect, the main drag, but we love to walk so not an issue. The guides Indagare set us up with were both young women who were very competent and had good English. I definitely recommend having them help with airport pic-up and delivery. Our guide stayed with us through check-in, which turned out to be very helpful...