Belmond Grand Hotel Europe
What We Love
- The imperial-era opulence of one of St. Petersburg’s oldest hotels
- Heart-of-the-action location within walking distance of the Hermitage, the Church of Spilled Blood and more
- Sipping sommelier-curated vodkas in the Caviar Bar and watching a ballet performance over dinner at the famed L’Europe restaurant
What To Know
- An $8.50 admin fee per person, per stay, will be collected by the hotel at check out
- Travelers will need to apply for a tourist visa prior to departure; current fees are $80 for U.S. citizens
- Splash out on a Suite; other guestrooms have a dated cookie-cutter look and mostly courtyard views
- Like everything in St. Petersburg, meals here are expensive; breakfast is $40.
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
On the south side of the Neva River opposite Art Square, the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe has been a glitzy landmark on Nevsky Prospekt for more than 140 years. Architect Carlo Rossi (responsible for many of the city’s distinctive yellow and white buildings) helped craft the building’s famed Neo-Baroque façade, while inside, luxe Art Nouveau accents remain from the days when Maxim Gorky, George Bernard Shaw and Tchaikovsky propped up the lobby bar.
Bed and Bath
The first of the city’s hotels to modernize after the fall of the Soviet Union, the 265-room hotel has been slowly restored to its original gilded glory over two decades. Guestrooms reflect this floor-by-floor renovation, so decor, layout, scale and room amenities cover the design spectrum from tsarist opulence and iconic city scenes in the One-Bedroom Suites to courtyard views and cookie-cutter style in the Superior Rooms. Bathrooms too vary greatly in size and style, but all favor dark marble and showers or tubs.
While the city is home to more than 100 museums and countless monuments, make time to wander the hotel’s own grand halls, staircases and opulent ballrooms. The Art Nouveau dining room of L’Europe restaurant is a sight unto itself, and if you splurge on one French-inspired meal here, make it the romantic Tchaikovsky Night, which includes a ballet performance and white glove service. Or join the fur-wearing set for beluga and ossetra caviar and sommelier-curated vodka at the Caviar Bar and Restaurant. During the summer months and magical White Nights (May to July), opt for dinner and cocktails on the Grand Terrace overlooking Nevsky Prospekt, or book a ride down the Neva River on the hotel boat, Katarina.
How to Get There
Stayed on the top floor, room with a balcony. A superb old fashioned, luxurious and palatial hotel. Large bedroom, large comfy bed, well appointed bathroom. Great food choice at breakfast, helpful & friendly staff. Close to Nevsky Prospekt and walkable to the Hermitage.
There is the 4 Seasons now and many others, but the good old Grand Hotel is just the adress in Sankt Peterburg, so we booked 4 Historical Rooms. Large in size, bathroooms rather small, but street view and stylish furniture. The restaurants where all good, but at the breakfast service the lady greeting the guests comes out of a school book of the ancient regime. Unfriendly, harsh and never in a good mood. That is also true about the receptionists, they are just unfriendly and should never be working in a Belmond. The policy of charging your credit card for extras even when you paid your room in advance is not done anywhere else in the world and certainly not in a Belmond Hotel. They do not even bother to inform you about it either. The Reception staff told me, that this was the customs all over the wordl. Well, I guess, her world ended in Wladiwostok. I just found them extremely unfriendly and will take my customers and myself next time to the 4 Seasons, the Lion Palace has given us better service three years ago. And smiles at the Reception!
This elegant, beautifully renovated hotel is well located just off the chaotic and crowded Nevesky Prospekt, St. Petersburg's "main drag." We were upgraded to a comfortable room with a balcony overlooking a lovely park and further afield roof tops of other historic buildings. Much like Moscow's Metropol Hotel, the breakfast was excellent with many sweet and savory choices and made to order egg and crepe options. Piano music added to the restful ambience. A friendly staff, especially helpful at the "Guest Relations desk" in searching for stores selling particular items of interest and initiating police (useless) contact due to a NP street robbery of one of us. Several good restaurants and bars are within the hotel.
Very luxurious and friendly hotel; staff is very helpful; a nice touch is the live music provided throughout the hotel - piano at breakfast, guitar during afternoon cafe, vocal jazz at the evening bar.
Wifi is weak and unstable in rooms at the edges of the building.
It was my second time staying at the hotel and second time i enjoyed eve thing at the hotel. Great fitness center , spa , lovely location. Look for deluxe rooms or better i would not recommend only to eat at the Azia restaurant.
I would like specially thank the door man Vladimir Matveev , he was very helpful almost as a concierge