The first of these three rooms was originally the apartment's main drawing-room. From it double doors lead left to a small, but beautiful bedroom with Menshikov-pattern parquet floor, English wallpaper, and an exit onto the balcony (the central balcony of our house). To the right of the drawing-room, through wide openings, is a semi-separate space - a small library with a desk and books on architecture and Russian literature. All in all, these three rooms have six windows overlooking the always changing, always interesting garden of the Academy of Arts.
This suite of rooms does not at the present moment have its own ensuite bathroom (the bathroom is in the corridor nearby).
Location: our 230 square metre apartment is directly opposite the garden of the Academy of Arts. The Hermitage, St Isaac's, and the Mariinsky Theatre are all 15-20 minutes' walk away; the Menshikov Palace is only 5. Nearest metro station: 6 minutes. Turn right out of our front door, walk 150 metres, and you find yourself on the bank of the main river, with all of the centre of St Petersburg spread before you. Opposite and a little to the left are St Isaac’s and the statue of the Bronze Horseman. Beside you are the twin sphinxes crouching solemnly on the embankment in front of the Academy of Arts. This is an ideal spot from which to watch the raising of the bridges on summer nights.
Kitchen / dining room: the apartment has a fully equipped kitchen adjoining a large dining room.
Rates: The nightly rate for these rooms varies depending on time of year and number of occupants, and includes breakfast, unlimited tea and coffee, and some help (where required) with getting to know St Petersburg. Discounts are available for artists, academics, and anyone with a good case to make.