The list of previous guests says it all; Tchaikovsky and Turgenev stayed here in pre-revolutionary days, while in the modern era the hotel has hosted the likes of Bill Clinton and Sharon Stone. Deemed to be one of the most premiere and most expensive hotels of the city, the Belmond Grand Europe Hotel evokes awe with its time-honored facade and Art Nouveau interiors. The building itself dates back to 1873, but has gone through various stages of renovation since then, including a complete internal revamping in the last decade of the 20th Century. The soul of the hotel stays decidedly vintage, although contemporary luxury accouterments now dominate the hotel's features. Rooms are predictably luxurious and serviced with modern amenities. There are five restaurants and bars, a spa, a shopping destination, beauty, salon and fitness center, and unsurprisingly, a fleet of luxury limousines at your beck and call.
The Angleterre Hotel is a low red-brick building which stands adjacent to the famous Hotel Astoria. Both hotels benefit from an extremely central location overlooking Isaakievskii Sobor (St. Isaac's Cathedral). There is also a mutual agreement between the hotels meaning that guests at D'Angleterre can use the Astoria's facilities. This modern four-star hotel was renovated in 1986, and as a result, all of its rooms are fitted with the latest in modern conveniences and tastefully furnished in a contemporary style.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace is located in the heart of Saint Petersburg, just 300 metres from the Dvortsovaya Square. It boasts luxury interiors in Russian Empire style and exclusive fine dining options. All elegant, air conditioned rooms come with a flat-screen TV, a DVD player, a minibar and a coffee machine. Free Wi-Fi and 2 telephone lines are provided. Marble bathrooms are fitted with a soak bath tub, separated walk-in tropical shower and built-in mirror flat-screen TV. The free toiletries are by Lorenzo Villoresi. Percorso Restaurant specializes in fine Italian cuisine, while Sintoho Restaurant offers contemporary Asian dishes. Guests can have a drink at the stylish Xander Bar or enjoy delicious snacks and pastry at the Tea Lounge. The exquisite breakfast is served there every morning. The Hermitage Museum is 3 minutes’ walk from Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace, and the lively Nevsky Prospekt is 400 metres away. The Mariinsky Theatre is within a 15-minute walk of the hotel. Moskovsky Train Station is 3 km from the property, and the distance to Pulkovo International Airport is 15 km.
This good-value hotel is located in central St. Petersburg, 750 metres from Nevsky Prospekt. 5th Corner Hotel offers free Wi-Fi and modern rooms with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Rooms at 5th Corner Hotel feature warm and colourful décor. All rooms include a desk, laptop safe and a private bathroom with walk-in shower. A buffet breakfast is served each morning in the popular Xren Restaurant, which offers views of Zagorodny Avenue and Razezhaya Street. There is a choice of Mediterranean and Russian cuisine, plus the chef’s daily special featuring seasonal produce. Quality wines are offered in Fifth Corner’s stylish bar. Guests will find plenty of restaurants and cafés within walking distance of the hotel. Dostoevskaya Metro Station is a 3-minute walk away.
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.
Alexander House is a homely guest house with its library and living room with cosy fireplace. Enjoy uniquely decorated rooms, relax on the charming patio or use the free Wi-Fi. Right in the historical centre of St Petersburg, Alexander House provides you with a convenient base. Situated close to the Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre, you can also easily walk to St Nicholas Cathedral and St. Isaacs Cathedral. Air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and minibar. The private bathrooms are fitted with a hairdryer, slippers, bathrobes and free toiletries. Wake up each morning to a free breakfast buffet or have breakfast delivered to your room. You will find a tour desk with ticket and shuttle organisation services. Other facilities include a laundry. Nevsky Prospekt is a 15-minute drive away.
Just 500 metres from Nevsky Prospekt, this small, non-smoking hotel in St. Petersburg offers soundproofed rooms and free Wi-Fi access. Free soft drinks are available throughout the day. Occupying a historic building, Casa Leto Private Hotel provides classic-style rooms and suites with satellite TV, DVD player, and desk. All include a bathroom with bathrobe, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. Continental breakfasts are prepared at Casa Leto in the mornings. Guests can enjoy a range of snacks in the bar. Staff at the 24-hour front desk are more than happy to provide information on local sights, or organise excursions. Free parking is available nearby. The Casa Leto’s 24-hour reception can book shuttles to Moskovisky Train Station, just a 15-minute drive away.