Russians dote on their kids but don't generally take them traveling to big cities, preferring to take them to a family dacha (country cottage) or dom otdykha (country resort) for vacations. Because Russia's newer hotels are aimed more at lucrative business clients than at families, child-friendly services remain rare. The international chains have the most amenities for families. Corinthia Nevsky Palace stands out in this category, offering a children's playroom and babysitting, as well as a fantastic Sunday brunch with children's entertainment. The Pribaltiiskaya hotel offers an expanse of beachfront good for running around (though the Baltic is too cold for swimming any time of year), as well as a video game room. In addition, its forthcoming Aquapark should make it a big family draw. Two smaller hotels with child-friendly attitudes are the Fifth Corner, whose young staff is happy to babysit; and Alexander House, run by a couple ready with help and English advice on how to share St. Petersburg with your children.

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