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
What an hotel... What service. What terrific concierge and staff. I was pampered for seven days. Nothing like this in London. Such ettiquette and everyone made my trip so good. Will return to this wonderful hotel and this magnificent City.
Thank you all at The Belmont. Espiecalky Sergi!! Great great fellow
Anthony Aron Hyattlondon and Cardiff UK.
Had drinks in the lobby sitting area meant to look like an indoor courtyard. We sat near the fire which had ambiance but not the most comfortable chairs. Had the amaretto hot chocolate which was interesting and the first time I’d seen amaretto and hot chocolate combined which was effective.
We stayed at this hotel for 9 days with our 9 month old son. The hotel is beautiful and the service was outstanding. Everyone, from the doorman to room service staff made us feel welcome and very well cared for. At check in, our son received a gift that kept him entertained for the duration of our stay and he was treated like a king by every staff member. My birthday was in the middle of our visit and the hotel sent me a bottle of champagne and chocolates that day, what a pleasant surprise. The room service was exceptional, with beautiful presentations and delicious meals. A truly 5 star hotel. Thank you all for a fabulous experience.
I’m lucky enough to stay in a lot of nice hotels. But my stay at the Grand Hotel Europe was one of my most memorable and enjoyable. It was such a treat to stay here!
The staff were uniformly excellent. (I couldn’t believe when more than one remembered my name on the second day.) I was so pleased when I entered my room: It wasn’t sumptuous; it wasn’t trendy, but it was generously-sized with high-quality furnishings & fittings, was very comfortable, quiet, filled with light, and had a good bathroom. Every time I returned to my room, I actually felt thankful that I’d chosen this hotel.
The concierge staff was knowledgeable and helpful, and I really enjoyed the elegant lobby bar. (Pictured.) Everyone spoke solid English.
The morning breakfast buffet was a great way to start the day: An impressive spread of food in an even more impressive room. And the wait staff were all perfect in their service and graciousness.
I haven’t visited any of the other 5-star hotels in the city. It doesn’t matter: I’d recommend the Grand Hotel Europe for its location, history, impeccable service, food, comfortable rooms and the lovely lobby bar.
I just came back from spending three nights at this hotel with a girlfriend. It was the first time we did not come across a single member of staff, in a hotel, who wasn't charming, welcoming, friendly and polite. Nothing was too much trouble.
If you like art deco (which I actually don't) you will fall in love with this hotel - the grandeur of this architectural period is found everywhere.
There is a selection of restaurants and bars/cafes and the food and drinks are amazing (try the 'taste of Russia' six-course menu).
If you are planning to stay in St Petersburg check out this hotel - it's not horribly expensive but the experience will be superb.