St Petersburg is one of Russia’s most culturally diverse and historically rich cities. It is home to the world famous Mariinsky Theatre, which showcases Russia’s beautiful aptitude for ballet and opera. The city boasts a unique architectural identity which has been shaped by its culture and past histories. The hotel experience found in St Petersburg is an amalgam of history and culture with splashes of contemporary Russia.
In the nineteenth century Russia began an architectural initiative to align St Petersburg with the grand buildings found in European cities. K.I.Rossi, a French architect, pioneered this committee to change the architectural face of the city. Rossi helped construct Fontanka River, sadavaya Street, Tchernyshov Lane and Nevsky Prospekt. The Rossi Boutique Hotel is named after this influential figure, and is located in a tenement building right in the heart of Russian classical architecture, an area Rossi was played a large role in designing. The Rossi Hotel combines classic grandeur with contemporary touches, and this fusion of the two creates an elegant and highly considered aesthetic. The hotel’s restaurant is reputable for its Japanese cuisine, and guests can enjoy its Eastern flavours whilst relaxing outdoors on the summer terrace.
Taleon Imperial Hotel is between the Moika River and Nevsky Prospect. Lined with historic buildings and beautiful bridges, Nevsky Prospect is one of St Petersburg’s most famed streets. Due to the hotel’s advantageous position, guests can enjoy the shortest of strolls into the centre of activity, shopping and culture. The hotel’s history is evident in its character and atmosphere, as it was once a palace housing one of Russia’s wealthiest families; the interior design stays tastefully truthful to this past life. The hotel exudes luxury and history, making it an unmissable stay whilst in St Petersburg.
Built in 1826, the hotel is run by a husband and wife duo who bring touches of family warmth to the overall atmosphere of the hotel. The couple renovated the building as accurately as possibly, respecting the historic quality of the structure. During the renovation the architect’s drawings were considered, and the couple followed these meticulously, even down to the European style shutters. Alexander House is situated in the Kolomna district, an area famous for its association with Russian literary figures such as Gogol, Pushkin and Dostoevsky. For guests interested in cultural activities, the hotel is situated near the Mariinsky Theatre, new Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Conservatory.
The character and style of St Petersburg has been fully incorporated into the interior design of Hotel Astoria. Built in 1912, the hotel has witnessed historic events like the 1917 Bolshevik revolution, world wars and the emergence of contemporary Russia. The rooms are elegant and comfortable, laden with modern facilities and marble bathrooms. Guests can treat themselves to the beauty and spa facilities found in the hotel, or dine in the Astoria Cafe, serving cuisine that reflects traditional Russian flavours. The hotel has an unparalleled location in St Petersburg’s famous St. Issac’s Square. Guests can enjoy the views onto St. Isaac’s Cathedral, which stands opposite, and amble to the nearby Heritage Museum.
This exclusive hotel is abundant in luxury, elegance and indulgence. The hotel itself sits next to St. Isaac’s Cathedral and is immersed in the dynamism of St Petersburg. Design is pivotal to the character of the hotel, which is exemplified by the interior, executed by acclaimed architect Antonio Citterio. The architect successfully merges bold, contemporary design statements with an underlying respect for traditional Russian design features. W St. Petersburg includes a roof top terrace which, when nocturnal DJ’s emerge, is transformed into St. Petersburg’s place to be seen. Finally, an on site restaurant allows guests to unwind over one of their signature cocktails.
Grand Hotel Emerald embraces the tradition and history of St Petersburg with its Art Nouveau facade and elegant interior design. The bedrooms are the epitome of grandeur, overlooking Suvorovsky Prospect and 6th Sovetskaja. The advantageous location and views from the hotel establish a presence within St Petersburg, with guests enjoy the atmosphere and buzz they help to create. The hotel features a bar and a restaurant, the design of which was inspired by old English interiors to provide a comfortable ambience where guests can rest and recuperate. The restaurant itself is run by well-known chef Vasiliy Malishev, whose culinary portfolio includes nineteenth century recipes.
Grand Hotel Europe has always been rooted in the cultural landscape of St Petersburg. With influential guests such as Tchaikovsky and Pavarotti, its association with music, dance and culture has always remained strong. The hotel’s facade is deemed as one of the most impressive in St Petersburg, and its interiors are designed to match. Guests can choose from a range of different sized rooms, all with historic charm and modern amenities. The Unique Historic Suites are especially worth experiencing, as they were designed by Parisian designer Michel Jouannet. Each suite has a theme connected to different historical figures including Stravinsky, Pavarotti and Dostoevsky. A stay at Grand Hotel Europe is a blend of historic elegance, modern comforts and cultural immersions.
Located a short walk from Moskovskiy station, Nevsky Forum Hotel is a peaceful retreat from the buzz of the city. The hotel prides itself on its green approach as guests will find only eco-friendly materials and technologies within the hotel. The interior design is an extension of these sentiments and eco-friendly materials like cork floors and natural stone have been selected. The hotel is a fairly intimate size, and as a result owners deliver a more personalised experience to create an atmosphere where guests feel relaxed and welcome. Guests at Nevsky Forum Hotel appreciate the added extras such as free parking, transport services and a complimentary breakfast.
Domina Hotel St. Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg | Courtesy Domina Prestige St Petersburg
The Domina Prestige focuses on the experiential qualities found in the hotel stay. Both the building and the ethos of Domina Prestige centre around the ‘Domina Concept’. Five dimensions (nature, family, fantasy, adventure and romantic) are realised through the design and activities the hotel offers. A sense of adventure, for example, is conjured by staying in one of Domina’s Adventure rooms, the atmospheric colour of the rooms and the selection of films and cuisine is all tailored around this theme. Domina Prestige is situated in the centre of the city, within walking distance of the cultural activities on offer in this historic district.
The history of the hotel is as colourful as vibrant St Petersburg itself. Nicknamed Pushchin’s House, the building was once home to generations of the wealthy Pushchin family. One family member in particular, Ivan Pushchin, was a close friend of the famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. The hotel avoids any pretentiousness through its homely and warm interiors, each room being personal and inviting. Guests can also stay in the hotel’s various apartments complete with living room and kitchen. Pushka Inn Hotel is virtually in Palace Square so guests can easily amble down to admire the Alexander Column and the square’s regular outdoor concerts.