Expansive room with extremely comfortable bedBalcony looks out over historic Fontanka river
Huge room, stunning view in central St. Petersburg

Private room

2 Guests

1 bedroom

1 bed

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About this listing

Stunningly beautiful room in a spacious aristocratic flat on the banks of St. Petersburg's historic and picturesque Fontanka river. A brief walk from all of St. Petersburg's cultural and tourist hotspots: the Hermitage, Mariinsky Theatre, Nevsky Prospekt. But utterly wonderful in itself, with 5 meter ceilings, amazing balcony, ceramic fireplaces. Modern furnishing with all hi-tech mod cons and in a cool café-lined neighbourhood. Wake up to the most startling views in St. Petersburg!

The space

Huge historic flat just minutes from the centre of the city. A unique opportunity to live right in the heart of St. Petersburg in one of its most beautiful buildings. Incredible view from the balcony, looking out over the shimmering Fontanka River and the unique blue, starred dome of Troitsky Cathedral. It's a joy to emerge right on to the banks of the river.

Bluetooth music mini-systems and phone chargers in each room. For instructions on how to use, please ask.

Guest access

Access to the gigantic main room, flooded with light. Also to the mini-gym, with exercise bike and rowing machine. There is a store-room if you want to keep some belongings out of the way. And naturally, all the essentials: spacious bathroom and kitchen.

In general, you would be staying with me only, but the apartment is so huge - over 200 square metres - I really don't think there is any chance it will seem crowded. Occasionally, there may be a second guest, but if that's the case, I'll let you know when booking. Even then, there is more than enough space to go round.

My overall plan is to let just one room at a time and relatively occasionally - my main aim is to share this amazing place with visitors to one of the most astonishing cities in the world.

Also, please note that I have an electric water heater, so no chance of having to endure cold showers when the municipal water gets switched off for weeks every summer. Hot showers are available here every day of the year!

Interaction with guests

Happy to help in any way with advice and tips. As the editor of the Time Out Guide to St. Petersburg, I'm familiar with every aspect of the city, and can help with everything from the best galleries to the most happening theatres to the hottest night-spots.

Other things to note

Please MAKE SURE that you print out and bring all of your Visa documents, including voucher AND your AirBnB booking confirmation with the names of all travellers entered into the AirBnB system. If you don't have all of this with you at border control, you may be held up for hours at the airport or not be allowed into the country at all.

Furniture is rather minimal at the moment, but I'm in the process of adding more. If there is anything particularly need, please let me know in advance.

I speak good Russian, but apologies if I respond to messages in English. Typing in Cyrillic is sometimes too daunting!!

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 12PM (noon)
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Private room


Extra people: £5 / night after the first guest
Weekly Discount: 10%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 12PM (noon)



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit

On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 4 nights.

21 Reviews

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Vidushi User Profile
June 2017
It is indeed a stunning huge room with lots of sunlight, beautiful view of the river and a beautiful feeling of St. Petersburg. The linen provided to us were also sparkling clean. It is a huge apartment and makes you feel very comfortable. Although the washroom is shared for three rooms, but because of the huge size of the apartment, that does not give you the feeling of lack of privacy for yourself. Overall loved staying at this place and enjoyed beautiful St. Petersburgfrom here.

Sungjoon User Profile
May 2017
Really huge room!!!

Nathália User Profile
May 2017
I had an amazing time in St. Petersburg! The apartment is amazing! Even though it has not much furniture (as you can see on the pictures), it has EVERYTHING i needed :) very good located and amazing host! Totally recommend!!

Andrej User Profile
May 2017
With my friend, we spent 6 days at John´s place in St. Peterburg. The flat is very spacious, luminous and clean. The location of the flat is also perfect: you can easily reach all most important monumets of st. Pertersburg by walking in less than 30 minutes. There are many local restaurants and bakeries in the corner and many public transport running to several parts of the city. John´s and his friend Diana were very nice and always helpful hosts. We can definitely recommend this Airbnb place to anyone who wants to discover the magic city of St. Petersbourg. Thanks for all! Andrej

Иван User Profile
April 2017
Thanks, John;)

Денис User Profile
March 2017
Thanks a lot for great recreation. The room and flat are so preaty, bright and clean. Flat is so large and spacious. Airy room facilitated with feeling yourself not to be sceezed like in the hotel penals rooms. All stuff for bathroom and kitchen are provided. All of these are new, clean and suitable. Flate is so preaty placed according downtown accessibility by walk - 10 minuts for metro, 15 minuts to Saint Isaac's Cathedral and etc. John is so kindly and responsive person. If you need something you can ask him and he solve your problem. John, thanks a lot for great rest. In the future will stay in this appartment. Thanks a lot.

B. Spredero User Profile
March 2017
I had a wonderful stay. The apartment is beautiful and clean, and extremely spaceous. John was kind and very ready to help. Definitely recommended - I'm certainly coming back here if I ever return to the city!

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London, United Kingdom · Joined in August 2012
John & Masha User Profile

I'm a writer and television producer living in London. I've travelled all over the world - through China, Japan, Cambodia, Brazil, the US and pretty much all of Europe. I regularly work in Russia and speak fluent Russian. I'm always on the lookout for new challenges!

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