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The Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is situated in the cultural hub of St Petersburg, near the Palace Square and the Hermitage Museum. The hotel is housed in a Petersburg mansion, designed by Basil von Witte in 1853, and offers a wide range of luxury accommodation designed especially to meet the needs of the modern traveler and businessman. Like the hotel itself, the suites are decorated in classical style, with fine antiques. The unique location of the panoramic Bellevue Brasserie on the ninth floor, makes it one of the most awe-inspiring places in St Petersburg.
The last Czar and his family were killed in 1918, and there is no evidence that they ever booked a room at Eliseev Palace. But, even though the last of the Romanovs never inhabited those rooms, you will feel like nobility when you check in. These are definitely deluxe accommodations. You will bask in the first class service, the fit for a king (or queen) size rooms, the cushy and cozy furnishings, all topped off with personal 24-hour valet-butler attendant. The ambiance may be imperial Russia, circa 19th century, but the appointments are certainly 21st century up-to-date and ultra modern: Wi-Fi and satellite television.
The Astoria competes with the Grand Hotel Europe for the title of the city's most exclusive hotel. It boasts a very refined, sublimely classical interior and possesses an interesting past. The building was erected in 1911, and once housed Russia's military command during the World War I. Front rooms have a stunning view out onto Isaakievskii Sobor (St. Isaac's Cathedral). Lunch and dinner are available at Davidov's, and drinks in the Lobby Lounge at the stunning bar.
As the most modern and recently built example of the city's upmarket accommodations, this hotel lacks both the historical and architectural interest of similarly priced establishments. However, service is highly professional and both the rooms and facilities are ultra-modern; for those who like modern aesthetics, this is an excellent choice. The Imperial Restaurant serves authentic Russian cuisine, the Beers Tube bar offers brews from around the world, and the Lobby Bar invites guests to enjoy a dignified cocktail.
This is one of the city's oldest hotels. Its beginnings date back to the middle of the 19th century. During the Second World War it became a refuge for the city's siege-starved population. Situated just opposite Moscow Station, St. Petersburg's central rail terminal, and not far from Nevskii Prospekt, it is also an extremely convenient option. The most basic rooms don't have in-suite bathrooms, and suffer from a somewhat jaded, if not unpleasant decor.
This huge Swedish-built hotel is located on Vasilievskii Island in the Gulf of Finland. It sits in the middle of a vast concrete platform leading down to the water. There is a small beach directly behind the hotel, which provides an opportunity for sunbathing (although definitely not in the winter), and swimming if you're feeling brave. The rooms are supplemented by numerous bars, restaurants and modern business amenities. A shuttle bus connects the hotel with the city center and the Nevskii Prospekt Metro station.
The Finnish-designed Hotel Pulkovskaya in the south of the city is located near the international and domestic airports. The hotel overlooks Victory Monument, a sobering site for visitors to Petersburg who choose to stay at this hotel. This is one of the major tour group hotels, and offers all the services of an international hotel. The rooms are not very spacious, but are reasonably comfortable.