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Friends by the House of Books

2.5-star2.5 stars
Griboedov channel,19, St. Petersburg, 191023, Russia

City-center guesthouse, steps from Kazan Cathedral
  • Free WiFi
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Restrictions related to your trip

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  • Superb location in the heart of St Petersburg, short walk to shops, cafes, metro and…May 28, 2019
  • Great place to stay with a super convenient location. Our private room was small but nice…Oct 4, 2018

Friends by the House of Books

from €13
  • Superior Triple Room, Private Bathroom, City View
  • Superior Triple Room, Private Bathroom
  • Standard Triple Room, Shared Bathroom, City View
  • Standard Triple Room, Shared Bathroom, Canal View
  • Standard Triple Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Standard Double Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Basic Triple Room, 1 Bedroom
  • Standard Triple Room, Shared Bathroom (Small Window)

What’s around Friends by the House of Books


  • In St. Petersburg City Centre
  • Kazan Cathedral - 3 min walk
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood - 5 min walk
  • Mikhailovsky Theatre - 4 min walk
  • Brodsky House Museum - 4 min walk
  • Arkady Raykin Variety Theater - 5 min walk
  • DLT - 6 min walk
  • Great Gostiny Dvor - 8 min walk

Getting around

  • Pulkovo Airport (LED) - 41 min drive
  • Vitebsky Station - 28 min walk
  • Moscow Station - 29 min walk
  • St. Petersburg Finlandski Station - 5 min drive
  • Nevsky Prospekt Station - 2 min walk
  • Gostiny Dvor Station - 7 min walk
  • Admiralteyskaya Station - 9 min walk
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Key facts


  • 18 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 2 PM-5:30 AM
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Express check-out

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Russia may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19.
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. If you are planning to arrive after 5 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

  • If you require a visa to enter the country, your property may be able to help with the supporting documents needed to obtain one*

  • Russian citizens: Adults (aged 14 and over) must present a valid internal passport at check-in (international Russian passports and driver's licenses are not accepted). Birth certificates must be presented for all Russian children (aged under 14) at check-in. If a Russian relative or legal guardian (rather than a parent) is traveling in Russia with a child under 14, that relative or legal guardian is also required to present documentation certifying authority to accompany child at check-in. Foreign citizens: Adults and children must present a valid passport, visa, and migration card at check-in.

Travelling with others


  • One child stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*


  • No onsite parking

Payment types at the property

  • Cash

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the property

Food and drink
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Terrace
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Russian

In the room

Freshen up
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer (on request)
Be entertained
  • TV
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Daily housekeeping

Friends by the House of Books’s small print

Also known as

  • Friends House Books Hotel St. Petersburg
  • Friends by the House of Books Guesthouse
  • Friends by the House of Books St. Petersburg
  • Friends by the House of Books Guesthouse St. Petersburg
  • Friends House Books St. Petersburg
  • Friends House Books Hotel
  • Friends House Books


This property charges a fee for luggage storage before check-in and after check-out.
Per property policy, unaccompanied minors younger than age 18 should present a notarized permission letter from a parent or guardian. A birth certificate should be presented for children younger than age 14. Additional check-in policies apply.

If you require a visa to enter the country, your property may be able to help with the supporting documents needed to obtain one. To learn more, you can reach out to the property via the contact details included on your booking confirmation. The property may charge for this assistance, even if you end up cancelling your reservation. All arrangements are solely between the property and yourself.

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property does not have elevators.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property.

Staff at the property wear personal protective equipment and guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 48 hours between bookings.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check-in or check-out:

    A mandatory registration fee of RUB 250 per person, per stay for foreign citizens is charged at this property.

Optional extras

Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability, amount varies)

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of RUB 1100 per vehicle (one way)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Friends by the House of Books

  • Does Friends by the House of Books offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Friends by the House of Books does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Friends by the House of Books?
    This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer and staff wear personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Is parking offered on site at Friends by the House of Books?
    Sorry, there's no onsite parking at Friends by the House of Books.
  • Are pets allowed at Friends by the House of Books?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Friends by the House of Books?
    You can check in from 2 PM - 5:30 AM. There's a charge for early check-in (amount may vary, subject to availability). Check-out time is noon. Express check-out is available.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Friends by the House of Books?
    Yes. Nearby restaurants include City Grill (3-min walk), Namaste (4-min walk), and Tower (4-min walk).
  • Is airport shuttle service offered by Friends by the House of Books?
    Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is RUB 1100 per vehicle one way.
  • What is there to do near Friends by the House of Books?
    Recommended spots to visit include Kazan Cathedral (3-min walk) and Mikhailovsky Theatre (4-min walk), along with Brodsky House Museum (4-min walk) and Arkady Raykin Variety Theater (5-min walk).

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.6 From 46 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
Fantastic stay
Amazing location, able to walk to all the main sights. Staff were very friendly, check in was easy and the room was really nice. The water fountain and mini kitchen was also very useful. Only downside was that it was quite noisy at night as the floors are wooden and there is no lift for 8 floors if mobility is an issue.
Suzanne, gb3 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Excellent location on top floor
Clean and quiet accommodation at budget end No frills accommodation for exploring St Petersburg
au1 night trip
Very Good 8.0
Service was great, everyone was very helpful. The bathrooms and rooms were clean. Rooms were a little small with little privacy as rooms were right next to each other and thin walls. Could hear everything. Mattresses were very soft and springs were felt. Incredible location, and great price!
us2 night romance trip
Poor 2.0
сплошной обман и надувательство
только после оплаты апартаментов, выясняется, что это чердачное помещение и подниматься по узкой лестнице надо на 6 этаж пешком,что туалет и душевая одна на 6 комнат. что горячая вода доходит с трудом.
TATYANA, ru2 night trip with friends
Very Good 8.0
В целом всё было хорошо. Отличное местоположение отеля, замечательный персонал, чистое постельное бельё. Из минусов: не очень удобная обстановка с санузлом, пятый этаж без лифта, духота и оставить багаж можно только платно.
Daria, ru1 night family trip
Very Good 8.0
가성비 좋은 숙소
방 형태였고(화장실은 안에) 부엌이랑 거실은 쉐어. 위치는 최상 걸어서 왠만한 광광지 다 가고 완전 중심지 서비스는 좋았는데 체크아웃이 빨라서 가방을 맡기는데 50루블 추가 요금 도시세 250?인가 추가요금 있고 5층인데 엘베 고장 그것빼고는 가성비 진짜 좋았음
GAYOUNG, kr2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
立地がとにかく素晴らしい。 主要な観光地は徒歩圏内で、地下鉄も徒歩5分程度。ウォーターサーバーもあり、部屋やシャワールームも清潔。この値段でこのクオリティはすごいと思います。
jp1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Fargerikt og fint midt i St Petersburg.
Artig og hyggelig midt i St Petersburg. Hostel med høy standardform rene bad. Kul innredning og et trivelig oppholdsrom med spektakulær utsikt overbygning og løkkuplene.
no1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Établissement très agréable ,très bon accueil ,sanitaire toujours impeccable malgré qu’il soit commun ,terrasse avec vue sur l’église St sauveur très plaisante ,deux petites précisions néanmoins ,l’hotel est au 5ieme étage sans ascenseur et dans la chambre 14,pas de fenêtre mais un très grand vasistas à 3m de haut qui ne s’ouvre pas Je recommande fortement
fr4 night trip
Poor 2.0
Незабываемые воспоминания
Господа (товарищи)! Если вы желаете окунуться в прошлое и провести время в экстремальных условиях, я очень советую гостиницу (чердак) "Друзья у Дома Книги" на канале Грибоедова. Ваши впечатления будут незабываемы! Вы поднимаетесь с чемоданами на 5 (или 6) этаж без лифта (!!!!) (очень рекомендую для здоровья людям после 60 лет и с букетом болячек или без них, всего 166 ступенек) и получаете комнату (закуток) с двухэтажной кроватью тюремного образца (нары). Если повезёт, в комнате будет окно. Понятно, что ни туалета ни, тем более, душа нет. Они находятся на 5 этаже. Там 2 туалета и 3 душевые кабинки без разделения по полу с просьбой пользоваться не более 7 минут. В душе есть шампунь (на стене). Свои принадлежности надо держать в зубах (полок нет). В так называемом "лобби"есть маленькая холодильная камера в которой нет места для всех постояльцев -18 камер (комнат). Никакой возможности для стирки. Очень приятно после знакомства с таким прекрасным городом проведя весь день на ногах взобраться из последних сил на чердачный этаж и забраться на нары в пропотевшем белье и без душа. Прелесть! Именно об этом мечтал ещё Пётр 1. А вообще очень стыдно и обидно, что в такой великой стране, в таком прекрасном городе не думают о людях, только нажива любыми способами. Просто позор!
Boris, ru7 night romance trip

Friends by the House of Books