The most well-known mini-hotels of St. Petersburg
Every tourist who visited in St. Petersburg, takes away, perhaps the main impression of St. Petersburg is a real city-Museum. The best buildings of the city created by the mind and talent of the greatest architects of his time, Rossi, Rastrelli, Montferrand, Tesini, Kvasova. More than six architectural styles – classicism, Baroque, Empire, Rococo, neo-Gothic, neo-Renaissance – clearly represented in the architectural ensemble of St. Petersburg. The mansions of famous figures, palaces, embassies and universities, arenas, chambers, banks, apartment houses – all together create a unique single complex, known far beyond Russia.
The buildings of the old town not only perform its functional purpose in our day. Behind each of them is historical facts, events, names of famous writers, artists, and performers who lived and worked here. In St. Petersburg you can sit at a table in the restaurant, which loudly celebrated the birthday of Fyodor Shalyapin, read their poems Sergei Yesenin, saw in the evening of coffee Anna Akhmatova.
One of the most famous citizens of St. Petersburg of the XX century, without a doubt, Sergei Dovlatov. In St. Petersburg he lived most of his life, from 1944 to 1978. Here he twice entered Leningradskyprospect Institute, served in the internal troops, worked as a journalist, a tour guide, a literary Secretary. In St. Petersburg he wrote many of his works, most of which managed to publish only in samizdat or émigré journals. In 1995 established a special literary award of a name of Sergey Dovlatov, for the best story written by the St. Petersburg author or published in St. Petersburg.
All St. Petersburg years he has lived in the same house on Rubinsteina street in the heart of the city. The nineteenth century building, renovated in 2011, it is now known is located here mini-hotel “the Reserve”. The interior instantly transports us into the literary world created by Sergei Dovlatov. This is one of the most unusual hotels in St. Petersburg.
Note that mini-hotels of St. Petersburg are famous for that are often housed in historic homes, or, at least, near the main monuments of architecture and history of the city. And here we cannot but remember one of the most popular mini-hotel of St. Petersburg – “Old Vienna”. Modern hotel located in the noble floor of the building, on the corner of Malaya Morskaya and Gorokhovaya streets. Since the late nineteenth century it housed the popular “Vienna Inn” and later the restaurant “Vienna”, which became a favorite gathering place of the St. Petersburg intelligentsia until the revolution of 1917. Regulars “veins” were I. Kuprin, A. Averchenko, A. Block, F. Shalyapin, L. Sobinov and others. This place is dedicated to the many epigrams. Here gathered the entire editorial Board of the “Satyricon”, there was founded the Academy of Ecumenical futurist Igor Severyanov.
The atmosphere of the Silver age remained in the mini-hotel “Old Vienna”. Each room is dedicated to one of its famous visitors. A distinctive feature of this hotel was the wonderful library containing the best works of Russian authors of the late XIX – early XX century. In our days of “Old Vienna” remains, continuing the tradition of a century ago, a popular meeting place for contemporary writers.
Modern hotels in Saint Petersburg can boast another hotel that transports its guests into a unique world of St. Petersburg of the early twentieth century. This mini hotel “Kholstomer”, dedicated to the eponymous novel by Leo Tolstoy, on the basis of the performance “History of horse”, which premiered in 1975. The play was performed at the Bolshoi drama theatre. Gorky many years, always with the same success, was recorded for television. The hotel features a small but very interesting exhibition dedicated to the famous actor Yevgeny Lebedev, who played in the play the main role – the gelding Strider. Lebedev was one of the leading actors of the big drama, his repertoire includes the role of Rogozhin in “the idiot”, Bessemenov in “the petty Bourgeoises”, grandfather Shchukar in “virgin soil upturned” and so the Children of the Soviet Union should remember an incredibly vivid images of Baba Yaga, created by Evgeny Lebedev.