Guide to Eastern Europe
I recently discovered a Website that contains extensive information on what the site calls the New East, a region that includes Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union. It is a London-based site called the Calvert Journal (http://wts.calvertjournal.com) and while most of the lodging recommendations tend to be on the pricey side, it also includes some hostels and modest hotels.
For example, in St. Petersburg, Russia they list a hostel called http://www.soulkitchenhostel.com, located near St. Isaac's Cathedral and Nevsky Prospect. It looks interesting, with dorms designed like old-fashioned railway carriages where each bed is curtained off from others. I happen to have read of it recently on another site I'm familiar with, http://www.heyboomers.com, and that traveller gives it a good review also.
The Calvert Review also includes a lot of coverage of culture, design and events in this region which still gets little attention in the mainstream media, despite its attractions. To plan a trip or just to catch up on what's happening there, the Review is a useful online source.