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
- 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
My daughter and I flew Into St Petersburg on Boxing Day2018, Booking a holiday through BA complete with private taxi transfer.
The Hotel was bedecked for Christmas.Sumptuous is the word and you could drink hot chocolate in a pseudo outdoor area with gigantic log fire.
First night we ate in our room and a trolley arrived complete with oven and waiter..no trays here!
The Winter Palace was a short walk in the snow and the Hermitage is very close by. We spent hours there and even on the last day the bus ( closed top of course)
We were looked after and a maid came to turn down our beds and place linen rectangles on the floor all the way to the bathroom. She even curtsied which was a bit upsetting.
Then the second day we decided to visit Azia Asian Fusion, ordered a simple meal and a bottle of wine.
When the wine waiter brought it my daughter disputed TWICE that it was not the wine I had ordered, but I trusted that it was a similar one...At that stage he should have resolved the dispute by bringing the wine list to show me..he didn't.so I paid 23500 roubles instead of one I chose which was 23.5 roubles
I trusted that waiter and it was a scam.
I've travelled extensively in Europe, I,m 72 and this has never happened before, and question whether it would have happened had we had a male in our party.
I felt intimidated and still feel upset, hence this review..I did send a mail detailing what happened to Maja Jones but my mail wasn't passed on and I received no acknowledgement
Stayed in a deluxe room overlooking the Theatre opposite the main entrance, on a side street from the very busy Nevsky Prospect. Spacious comfortable room - THE most comfortable bed. Spotlessly clean.
The hotel staff were extremely friendly and very helpful.
The hotel is adjacent to the Russian Museum; a matter of a few metres from the Church of the Spilled Blood; next to the Red Bus route; and walking distance to the main sights.
Great hotel with the kindest staff in the centre of Nevsky Prospekt ( main street in St Petersburg).
The rooms are perfect.Clean,well designed and sufficient attention to detail that makes you feel pampered.The restaurant is lovely to sit and looks great.The food for breakfast is just wonderful, with so much variety.We truly felt we received first rate service and recommended it highly.The location is very good as well, it is the highest priority because it is St Petersburg.Simply brilliant!!! And thanks to every staff member for their help, compassionate and professionalism. Especially Daniil.
we really enjoyed staying there, the service is really good, and breakfast is just perfect.
and the location for tourists is also really really good. it is not very cheap as you can see, but if you looking for the "5 stars" experience in st. petesburg i think this is the place!
Stayed there 4 nights to visit the city. The location is excellent. The concierges were very helpful in their recommendations. All the personnel was very kind. The breakfast buffet has an enormous choice and is very good.