The best places to stay in four price ranges: budget ($), moderate ($$), expensive ($$$), and luxury ($$$$)

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Nevsky Dvor

Seventeen rooms in a quiet and conveniently located mini-hotel; secure environment; friendly staff; all essential conveniences. 4 Povarskoy Pereulok; tel. 7-812-575-5687; http://eng.nevskydvor.ru/

Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya

Imposing Swedish-built building overlooking the Gulf of Finland; 1,200 rooms; away from the city center, but close to the port for international ferries and the famous Smolensk Cemetery. 14 Ulitsa Korablestroiteley; tel. 7-812-329-2626. http://www.parkinn.com/hotelpribaltiyskaya-stpetersburg

Art-Hotel

Mini-hotel decorated in a tasteful neo-classical style; prime location near the Fontanka River; close to major tourist sights and quiet walks in nearby Summer Garden; 14 rooms. 27/29 Mokhovaya Ulitsa; tel. 7-812-740-7585. www.art-hotel.ru

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Anabel

“Homey atmosphere, all essential comforts and conveniences”—Michael Torich, author, Time Out Petersburg. Comfortable, if somewhat stern, mini-hotel lodging; unbeatable location in two buildings on Nevsky Prospekt; 50 rooms at 88 Nevsky Prospekt; tel. 7 812 279 8211 and 30 rooms at 147 Nevsky Prospekt; tel. 7-812-717-4416. www.mini-hotel.com

Aster

38 tidy guest rooms; prime location just off Nevsky Prospekt; fully modern conveniences; friendly, unobtrusive service. 25 Bolshaya Konyushennaya; tel. 7-812-336-6585. www.hon.ru

Comfort Hotel

Cozy lodging in a refurbished building; free Wi-Fi, tea, coffee, and muffins 24-hours-a-day; Hermitage, St. Isaac’s, and other main attractions within walking distance; helpful staff; 14 rooms. 25 Bolshaya Morskaya Ulitsa; tel. 7-812-314-6523. http://www.comfort-hotel.org/

Kronverk

26 rooms in a new hotel; ultramodern almost futuristic design; minimalist furnishing; bright, spacious rooms; located in a quiet area north of the Peter and Paul Fortress. 9 Blokhina Ulitsa; tel. 7-812-703-3663. www.kronverk.com

Pushka Inn

Period building neighboring the Alexander Pushkin Museum (the house in which the poet died after his duel); 34 rooms; close to the Hermitage Museum and Nevsky Prospekt; simple but elegant decor; some rooms overlooking the River Moika. 14 Reki Moiki Naberezhnaya; tel. 7-812-312-0913. www.pushkainn.ru

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Ambassador

Elegant, clean, and comfortable; 255 rooms in a richly restored period building; no effort spared on somewhat over-the-top foyer decor; restaurant with expansive views; friendly and professional staff. 5-7 Rimsky-Korsakov Prospekt; tel. 7-812-331-8844. www.ambassador-hotel.ru

Hotel Angleterre

“One of the very few places left in the city where you can still enjoy black caviar.”—Alexey Makhrov, lecturer-leader of St. Petersburg tours, Martin Randall Travel. Refined modernism blended with classical features; 193 rooms; drop in for a cup of coffee in the gallery and enjoy the views. 24 Malaya Morskaya Ulitsa; tel. 7-812-494-5666. www.angleterrehotel.com

Kempinski Hotel Moika 22

Exquisitely renovated mansion built in the mid-19th century; 23 suites and 174 rooms; on the banks of the River Moika, opposite the Hermitage; fine copies of old masters on the walls. Tip: Lunch on the outdoor patio at the ninth floor Bellevue Brasserie; excellent service and stunning views over Palace Square. 22 Reki Moiki Naberezhnaya; tel. 7-812-335-9111. www.kempinski.com

Nashotel

Clean and bright Vasilievsky Island hotel; soaring glass atrium; funky, playful yellow, purple, and green decor; 58 rooms; located in a quiet residential area near the entrance to Peter and Paul Fortress. 50 11th Line; tel. 7-812-323-2231. www.nashotel.ru

Novotel

Close to Nevsky Prospekt and Moskovskaya (Moscow) Station; 233 rooms with large semi-circular windows; smart, minimalist French design; imaginative gourmet restaurant. 3A Mayakovskogo Ulitsa; tel. 7-812-335-1188.

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Hotel Astoria

“Maintains its original refined taste of pre-Revolutionary St. Petersburg.”—Alexey Makhrov. Comfortable luxury in 213 rooms; faithfully restored 1912 building fronting St. Isaac’s Square; antique furnishing and marble bathrooms; 39 Bolshaya Morskaya Ulitsa; tel. 7-812-494-5757. www.thehotelastoria.com

Taleon Imperial Hotel

In a sumptuously restored palace, the Taleon Imperial has ten individually designed rooms and 19 opulent suites; all imaginable conveniences for leisure and business travel; cigar lounge and casino; award-winning restaurant with marvelous views. 59 Reki Moiki Naberezhnaya; tel. 7-812-324-9911. www.taleonimperialhotel.com

Grand Hotel Europe

Often referred to as the grand old dame of St. Petersburg’s hotels, the Europe is THE place to rub shoulders with the elite. 301 guest rooms, a palatial lobby and exquisite restaurant; antique furniture and pictures; refined luxury in the very heart of the city. 1/7 Mikhailovskaya Ulitsa; tel. 7-812-329-6000. www.grandhoteleurope.com

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