If you like small hotels, then this is a good choice. It's on on a quiet street on Vasilyevsky Island, a short walk along a bridge to the central Nevsky Prospekt and the Hermitage. Its tiny lobby also serves as a dining room, as well as an exhibition hall where local artists sometimes show their work. The atmosphere is intimate and the service is generally friendly, although you may get an occasional taste of the typical Russian cold shoulder. The rooms are artfully decorated, and the amenities you get are those of a much larger four-star hotel, including a spa and services that include translation and babysitting. The breakfast of eggs, sausages, and pancakes is filling, but if you must have a variety of fruits and vegetables to get started in the morning, you might want to look elsewhere.