Old Church Courtyard
Our guesthouse is located in a six-storey turn-of-the-century apartment block, built for the United Believers, a religious order whose church, the Church of St Nicholas, stood in the house's courtyard.

Our neighbourhood is in the Dostoevskian thick of things. Nevsky with its 24-hour action is 5 minutes' walk away; 3 metro stations are 3-5 minutes from us; the Dostoevsky Museum is just around the corner; and there's a whole street of some of the most varied bars, cafes, and restaurants in the city just the other side of Vladimir Cathedral.
facade of the church of the United Believers (architect: Melnikov) on the corner of ulitsa Marata (formerly Nikolaevskaya ulitsa) and Kuznechny pereulok, St Petersburg
Yet, when you enter our courtyard, the pace changes: all the bustle of the street falls away - leaving classical columns (the Museum of the Arctic and Antarctic - actually, an old church), space in which to think, and the wonderful Petersburg light.

Our apartment/guesthouse is a former priest’s apartment, which we have restored and gently adapted to give a carefully balanced mix of private and public space. When we first saw the apartment, we were struck by its light, tranquillity, and sense of peace. We have done our best to preserve these qualities.

There are four double bedrooms,
antique chair, atmospheric interior, guesthouse, St Petersburg
each with its own bathroom, view, and distinctive character. In addition, we have allowed for a generous amount of public space. The dining-room is for quick cups of coffee, long unhurried breakfasts, leisurely pots of tea, the occasional business meeting, or just for sitting around in. You may also choose to sit, drink, and breakfast at the bar in the entrance hall.
antique lamp, interior, apartment, St Petersburg

Our daily rates are between 50-70 euros per room in the winter and 70-110 euros in the summer and include breakfast, unlimited tea and coffee, and a Wi-Fi connection. The cost of the entire apartment (with or without breakfast) is 160-300 euros / night. Discounts for architects, artists, academics, and anybody with a good case to make.

Finally, we are not a hotel, so please don't expect everything to be perfect. But we do do our best to provide our guests with all the support they may need, and are always ready with advice and suggestions.

Olga, who looks after the apartment and serves breakfast, is immensely knowledgeable about St Petersburg. Leonid, our excellent driver, takes care of transfers (35 euros per car to or from the airport) and can act as a guide for a motorized overview of the city. Masha, a musician (not a professional guide), will walk you round in English or French and give you a personal take on the city which she has made her home (she lives just round the corner from us, on ulitsa Rubinshteyna). And if you’re interested in the architecture, literature, and culture (including the drinking culture) of this fascinating city, then I have a large website devoted to these subjects.
antique chair, interesting interior in apartment, St Petersburg

Rates for individual rooms vary depending on season and size of room (50 - 95 euros / night, including breakfast).

To see our rooms and a description of our neighbourhood, please click below.

John and Irina Nicolson (johnpetersburg@gmail.com)


Silver room

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Jungle room

Cobalt room

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