Scattered among the historic areas of St Petersburg, these hotels bring together the best the city has to offer – a royal taste in accommodation and exquisite service. Top it all off with gorgeous locations, and these hotels are the place to truly spoil yourself on an indulgent trip to Russia.
A hotel that is as good as a landmark, the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe has been welcoming visitors at the heart of the city for 140 years. The hotel is adjacent to the Arts Square, thus neighbouring the Russian Museum and Mikhailovsky Theatre, and is just around the corner from the city’s main road, Nevsky avenue. Alongside exquisite rooms, the hotel offers shopping opportunities, a beauty salon and a fitness centre.
Conveniently tucked away from the bustling crowds of the city centre, Rossi Boutique Hotel is a stylish getaway for those who don’t mind spending a little extra time in their hotel – unwinding and relaxing. The building itself used to be an estate of a Russian count, who developed the land to house the former Maly (small) Theatre. The design was overseen by Karl Rossi, granting the hotel its current name. Both the Rossi Hotel exterior and interior are a tasteful mix of traditional Russian designs and modern elegance.
For a royal treatment it’s important to be in the right neighbourhood. The Kempinski Hotel has no rivals location-wise: the world acclaimed hotel is located right off Palace Square and is a five-minute walk away from the Hermitage Museum, also known as the Winter Palace. The hotel also has a selection of dining options that combine the best of Russian and French cuisine. A special treat is the rooftop Bellevue Brasserie, providing a panoramic view over the Saint Petersburg rooftops.
The Rocco Forte Astoria is akin to a city landmark. The hotel was first opened in 1912 and has hosted many eminent guests. Among them are renowned Russian poet Sergei Yesenin, his wife ballet dancer Isadora Duncan and writer Mikhail Bulgakov. In more recent times it was featured in a movie of the James Bond saga GoldenEye. The windows of the hotel look out onto St Isaac’s Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in the world, while the hotel is a short walk from major tourist attractions and the Neva river embankment.
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