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
An excellent hotel with an open and very friendly atmosphere. Nice architecture. Ideal location, best quality, best service, clean and safe.
Super friendly staff. Very good breakfast in a unique environment.
Enjoy the experience and keep a day free to relax and sightsee on your own. There is so much to see and do, preferably with a guide and driver, to make the best of your trip. Visit local restaurants and try the food and wine. Move your boundaries.
Excellent hotel with a great history. Room clean and comfortable. The staff is very helpful (especially Polina at the concierge desk). Very good service and cocktails at the Lobby Bar. I will stay again there for sure.