St Petersburg is a city of extremes, magnificent palaces standing side-by-side amid a web of waterways, and a fascinating history that has seen it all – the decadent life of the Tsars, the bloody years of Stalin and the harsh realities of Communism. St Petersburg is certainly one of the most fascinating cities in the world and a city break spent here is a fabulous whirlwind of awe-inspiring architecture, captivating culture and eclectic nightlife. The city’s eclectic nature is also reflected in its hotels and people who have a taste for the finer things in life will find some fantastic options to choose from. Here is a selection of the best luxury hotels in St Petersburg.
Four Seasons Hotel Lion
Commanding an impressive position on St Isaac’s Square, the Four Seasons Hotel Lion has a solid reputation for providing first rate accommodation and dining options. Guests are also sure to love unwinding in the onsite spa, where they can be sure that they will receive plenty of pampering. The guestrooms here perfectly reflect their 19th century setting and come complete with plenty of lavish touches. The simply immense Lobanov Presidential Suite is the perfect retreat for lovers of luxury as it comes complete with a kitchenette and numerous opulent touches.
Belmond Grand Hotel
People who want the chance to truly feel like royalty are invited to stay in one of the oldest and finest homes in the whole of St Petersburg. The Belmond Grand Hotel dates back to 1875 and boasts opulent interiors as well as a large number of historically themed suites. Lovers of literature are sure to be impressed by the Dostoevsky Suite, while the Fabergé Suite is decorated in gold, lilac and pink. Guests are also invited to take full advantage of the impressive facilities which include a caviar bar, a spacious health club, a sumptuous spa and L’Europe, which is one of the city’s most famous gourmet restaurants.
Kempinski Hotel Moika
Set in the very heart of the city next to the Hermitage Museum and Palace Square, the Kempinski Hotel Moika set inside an aristocratic mansion that was built in 1853. In addition to simply stunning décor, guests are treated to a wide range of first rate amenities such as the celebrated spa and a collection of excellent restaurants. People who want to feel right at home while surrounding themselves with luxury should choose one of the Duplex Suites that are set on two floors.
So Sofitel St Petersburg
People who have a taste for contemporary luxury will feel comfortable in the So Sofitel, which is one of the city’s newest luxury hotels. The rooftop restaurant is the perfect way to unwind, especially on the weekends when it is transformed into one of the hippest nightlife spots in the whole of St Petersburg. No stay at So Sofitel would be complete without indulging in a meal in Cococo, which offers diners are tantalising blend of Asian and Russian inspired dishes.
The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel
Featuring stately styling from floor to ceiling, this grand hotel has been created in collaboration with the Hermitage Museum and is sure to impress. There is plenty of space to unwind in the lavish atrium, which is decorated in cool gold and white tones and boasts dramatic marbles columns and a huge chandelier. The 19th century décor is perfectly complimented by 21st century amenities and people who choose one of the two storey suites will be able to enjoy stunning city views from the huge windows, while the Imperial Residence has been created in the style of the Winter Palace and is fit for a tsar.
Hotel Domina St Petersburg
Set on the edge of the gently flowing Moika River, the Hotel Domina is the idea place to stay for anyone who has a taste for the flamboyant. This five stay boutique hotel is located in a magnificent 18th century building and combines historical decorative features such as Greek inspired columns and statues with plenty of splashes of colour. Guestrooms are divided into five different categories by theme and guests will want to make sure that they secure one of the Executive Suites that overlook the river.