Saint Petersburg, on the western edge of Russia, is a stylish place. The architecture here borders on the sublime. How do you, as a hotel, contend with the style of the streets outside without becoming gaudy, or Vegas-y? Well, DOM Boutique Hotel has managed to do that. Is it style over substance? Read on to find out in our DOM Boutique Hotel review.
This post was written in collaboration with DOM Boutique Hotel but all opinions are entirely our own.
DOM Boutique Hotel Location
Just three minutes walk from the riverfront, and five minutes from the Summer Palace gardens of Peter the Great, DOM Boutique Hotel is ideally situated to explore the city’s main attractions without being stuck in the tourist melee.
A Look Around DOM Boutique Hotel
Our room, up on the top floor, was much larger than expected. We may have considered the sloping roof a waste of space if we were taller, but I totally love sloping roofs. I grew up in a converted attic and you can’t beat the light of a sky-facing window! I would have loved to show sun streaming in, but sometimes in February, in Russia, the sky is rather grey.
The first thing we noticed was the funky statement wallpaper at the room’s entrance. It was pink, as was the rest of the wall paint, and heavily patterned. I love it!I guess the decor in the room was quite feminine but it made a lovely contrast to the endless business hotel blandness that you find elsewhere. This definitely had its own personality.
The feminine touches ran to the desk, which was more of a dressing table with its gilded mirror. It echoed the golden intricacies of the Versaille-style furniture in the Hermitage. It was very own slice of court life. We even had a very pretty chandelier.
The bed was huge and wonderfully comfortable. It may have won out having been the first bed we had slept in for a couple of weeks that wasn’t in a hostel, or on a train, but we slept so well. The covers were heavy and the fluffy counterpane was so snuggly.
I thought we were back in the world of coffee. There was coffee everywhere in Moscow and Saint Petersburg and we had tea and coffee making facilities on the desk but I was gutted to see that there wasn’t actually any coffee to make. Why oh why was there no coffee!
I don’t remember a letter writing kit, but let’s face it, good wifi has replaced this and there was really great wifi.
In the wardrobe, located in the small entryway to the room, was the mini bar. I was surprised at how little alcohol there was in there, and how steep the prices were. We hastily shut it so as to resist temptation.
The bathroom was a symphony of black and white. The black tiles made the white fixtures really pop, and we loved the old school mirror teamed with the modern wash basin. Again, the gold features reflected the city’s luxurious past.
The shower was nice and powerful and then provided soaps, shampoos and conditioner were all very nice. If we had been in Saint Petersburg longer, a nice, long soak in a hot bath would have been VERY welcome to ease our cold bones.
The Lobby and Communal Areas
You can’t help but be blown away by the lobby at DOM Boutique Hotel. It isn’t huge, or grand, but it is super stylish. From the modern lighting feature to the bold colour choices, it was a real “wow” moment. I loved it!
The reception desk is straight in front of you and behind it, you will find your first member of staff. We met two of the receptionists and they were so lovely. They couldn’t have done enough for us. Our original room wasn’t ready when we arrived so they found us another one, enabling us to check in and head out to see the city.
We didn’t see anyone in this library/lounge area, but it would be a nice place to relax. I don’t think the hotel was that busy when we visited so maybe it gets more use when it is full.
Shamefully, we manage to sleep through breakfast. This was a first for us but it was a blessing in disguise for two reasons:
- It proves just how comfortable the bed was
- We got to try out the room service breakfast
It was such a luxury to have someone bring our breakfast to us. No running around getting dressed, no rush make up job. Instead, I stuck on my dressing gown and slippers, both provided, and just enjoyed a slightly over-indulgent brunch.
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Our food arrived covered in silver cloches and we excitedly removed the ids having already forgotten what we ordered. The scrambled eggs were buttery and delicious, the bread a nice addition that we didn’t know we were getting, and the coffee sweet, sweet relief! Mr Fluskey ordered a club sandwich (after all, this was brunch) and it was huge! This was an excellent way to start a long day of sightseeing.
We had dinner reservations elsewhere, and couldn’t fit in any lunch in the onsite Italian restaurant. Giardino. I am sad we missed out as it looked like such a cool space. You would never guess it walking through from the hotel’s lobby, but the space has a large glass roof and so it is flooded with light. I popped my head in and couldn’t help but peer at some of the dishes people were eating. I’d have been happy to order any of them. I also loved the living wall. Giardino means garden and you can see where it gets its name.
DOM Boutique Hotel is definitely NOT style over substance. Yes, it is stylish, but the staff are so sweet and helpful. The breakfast was delicious and the bed was an absolute dream! We slept through our alarm…I DON’T do that!! Shame we couldn’t get the bed in our hand luggage! If I ever return to Saint Petersburg, I would absolutely book the DOM Boutique Hotel again. If you are thinking of booking then you can find the latest prices and offers on the DOM Boutique Hotel website.