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A hotel in Petergof is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Petergof hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Petergof are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Petergof hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Petergof hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Petergof have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:
Upscale luxury hotels in Petergof
An upscale full service hotel facility in Petergof that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Petergof hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.
Full service hotels in Petergof
Full service Petergof hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.
Historic inns and boutique hotels in Petergof
Boutique hotels of Petergof are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Petergof boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Petergof may be classified as luxury hotels.
Focused or select service hotels in Petergof
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Petergof travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Petergof focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.
Economy and limited service hotels in Petergof
Small to medium-sized Petergof hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Petergof traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Petergof hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.
Guest houses and B&Bs in Petergof
A bed and breakfast in Petergof is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Petergof bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Petergof B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.
Hostels in Petergof
Petergof hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Petergof hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.
Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Petergof
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Petergof hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Petergof lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs in Petergof
Petergof timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Petergof often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Petergof on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
Motels in Petergof
A Petergof motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Petergof for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Petergof motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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This article is about the municipal town under the jurisdiction of St. Petersburg, Russia. For the palace complex, see Peterhof Palace.
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Modern residential boroughs of Petergof at night
Petergof (Russian: Петергоф) or Peterhof (German and Dutch for "Peter's Court"), known as Petrodvorets (Петродворец) from 1944 to 1997, is a municipal town in Petrodvortsovy District of the federal city of St. Petersburg, located on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland. Population: 73,199 (2010 Census); 64,791 (2002 Census); 81,525 (1989 Census).
The town hosts one of two campuses of Saint Petersburg State University and the Petrodvorets Watch Factory, one of the leading Russian watch manufactures. A series of palaces and gardens, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great, and sometimes called the "Russian Versailles", is also situated there. The palace-ensemble along with the city center is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Peterhof Palace: the Samson Fountain and Sea Channel
Petergof: Palaces, fountains, and gardens
Grand Peterhof Palace and the Grand Cascade
"Cottage" built in 1829 in Alexandria Park in Petergof was a summer residence of Russian Emperor Nicholas I.
Church of Saint Alexander Nevsky, a gothic chapel built by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, in Alexandria Park, Peterhof
The dominant natural feature of Peterhof Grand Palace is a sixteen-meter-high bluff lying less than a hundred meters from the shore. The so-called Lower Gardens (Nizhny Sad), at 1.02 square kilometers (0.39 sq mi) comprising the better part of the palace complex land area, are confined between this bluff and the shore, stretching east and west for roughly 200 meters (660 ft). The majority of Peterhof's fountains are contained here, as are several small palaces and outbuildings. East of the Lower Gardens lies the Alexandria Park with 19th-century Gothic Revival structures such as the Gothic Chapel.
Atop the bluff, near the middle of the Lower Gardens, stands the Grand Palace (Bolshoy Dvorets). To the south of it are the comparatively small Upper Gardens (Verhny Sad). Upon the bluff's face below the Palace is the Grand Cascade (Bolshoy Kaskad). This and the Grand Palace are the centerpiece of the entire complex. At its foot begins the Sea Channel (Morskoy Kanal), one of the most extensive waterworks of the Baroque period, which bisects the Lower Gardens.
Petergof: St. Petersburg State University
Besides the downtown campus, certain Saint Petersburg State University's schools and departments are located in Petergof:
Graduate School of Management's campus in Mikhailovka (under reconstruction);
Faculty of Biology and Soil Studies' research center in Sergievka (Leuchtenberg Palace);
Petrodvorets Complex that includes four faculties:
seven research institutes:
as well as 12 dormitories and a number of infrastructure objects.
The Petrodvorets Complex dates back to 1960s when it was decided to copy best international practices and create a brand-new suburban campus for the University that experienced crucial need for new premises. Yet, the idea was said to be widely opposed by the faculty who did not want to commute two hours a day, and as few as four faculties were relocated to Petergof.
In 1990s, the number of students from other regions fell significantly, and the University sold many of its downtown dormitories. When the trend reversed, the need for housing made the University administration accommodate most students in Petergof, even those from downtown faculties, which has created certain tensions. Yet, the idea of a suburban campus seems to be persistent, as the Government of the Russian Federation has decided to hand over the Mikhailovka estate to the University to reconstruct it and house the Graduate School of Management's campus.
Due to the extensive presence of research facilities, mainly belonging to St. Petersburg State University, Petergof was named a naukograd in 2005.
Petergof: Petrodvorets Watch Factory
Russia's oldest factory was founded by Peter the Great in 1721 first as a lapidary plant to help in the construction of the Peterhof Palaces but also other Palaces in St. Petersburg. It started producing equipment and parts for the watch industry in the 1920s. After World War II, the factory started to fully produce watches under the brand name Pobeda and from 1961 under the brand Raketa. in 1985 the factory had 7500 employees and was producing 5 millions mechanical watches per year. As of today it is the last watch factory in Russia producing its own movements from A to Z, though the production is much smaller than it used to be.
The East Chapel, one of a pair flanking the central buildings
The town is served by three railway stations (Novy Petergof, Stary Petergof, and Universitet). The palaces of Peterhof are accessible by sea via hydrofoils based near the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. The palace is also easily accessed by road. Public transit and private van services make regular trips from Saint Petersburg.
The Upper Gardens are freely accessible, but entry to the Lower Gardens requires the purchase of tickets (not included in the boat fee for visitors arriving by hydrofoil). The palaces and grotto are accessible only as part of guided tours.
Petergof: Sister cities
Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany
Le Blanc-Mesnil, France
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"Portal of St. Petersburg State University".
"History of Petrodvorets Complex (in Russian)".
"GSOM's campus in Mikhailovka (in Russian)".
"Naukograd Petergof (in Russian)".
Documentory about the History of the Petrodvorets Watch Factory "Raketa", Russian with Eng subtitles.
facts and articles about the History of the Petrodvorets Watch Factory "Raketa", in Russian and English.
Vernova, N (2004). Peterhof: The Fountains. St. Petersburg: Abris.
Vernova, N (2004). Peterhof: The Grand Palace. St. Petersburg: Abris.
Petergof: External links
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Peterhof.
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Peterhof.
Wikisource has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article Peterhof.
Peterhof's official site
Institute of Physics
Official site of the Peterhof Watch Factory
Official website of the museum
Peterhof (Petrodvorets) – a Gardens Guide review
Peterhof: history of gardens and town (Russian)
Russian TV program about the 300 years of the Petrodvorets Factory (In Rus with Eng subtitles)
Petergof: Further reading
King, Greg (2006). The Court of the Last Tsar (hardback). Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons. pp. 559 pages. ISBN 978-0-471-72763-7.
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