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Serving as Russia’s imperial capital for two centuries before Moscow, the city of St. Petersburg is home to jaw-dropping architectural landmarks such as the Winter Palace and St Isaac’s Cathedral. You’ll get a glimpse into its imperial past by walking around the metropolis – plus if you arrive by ship or ferry, you can stay in the city for up to 72 hours without a visa. To make the most of your time and see the city in style, check into one of these opulent hotels to feel like a tsar or tsarina.
The Official State Hermitage Hotel is located in a beautiful 19th-century mansion in the city centre. This luxurious five-star hotel offers rooms decked out with exquisite interiors, including lashings of gold leaf and swathes of marble. The show-stopping aesthetic runs through to the spa – the swimming pool is a sight to behold with a striking blue and white pattern on the walls and matching pool tiles. Refuel at the Italian boutique restaurant Michelangelo, or at Catherine the Great, at elegant Russian eatery where meals are prepared according to recipes from the menu of the Winter Palace.
Located on the banks of the Moika River, Domina Prestige Hotel combines genuine hospitality with playful contemporary design. There are 109 rooms, and four serve up prime views of the waterway below. A running theme throughout is a bold use of colour to create a sunny ambience – rooms are completely dressed in zany shades, from hot pink to lime green. Expect an equally colourful experience in the Arcobaleno restaurant, with the name meaning rainbow in Italian.
On the Moika River in the heart of the city, Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 occupies a former 19th-century aristocratic mansion with 200 rooms and suites. The ninth floor of the hotel is occupied by the panoramic Bellevue Brasserie restaurant, which is one of the top spots to dine in St. Petersburg. The eatery features glass walls and a vaulted ceiling, so you can feast on breathtaking views of the city from your table. Other perks include a state-of-the-art wellness centre complete with spa treatments, a sauna, a Turkish bath and a jacuzzi.
The Grand Hotel Europe is one of the oldest and most elegant hotels in St. Petersburg. Some of the famous guests have included Tchaikovsky and Bill Clinton. The hotel offers 266 modern rooms, including deluxe suites with a view of Ploshchad Iskusstv (Arts Square), historic rooms, junior suites with a terrace, and presidential suites. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, minibars, satellite TVs and free wifi. The on-site L’Europe restaurant is one of the most famous in the city, providing international gourmet cuisine and a breakfast buffet every morning.
Laura Hampson contributed additional reporting to this article.