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
Stunning hotel, stunning city, fabulous service. Rooms are not huge or elaborate but old world and tidy. Maid service is true to old world and 4 star standard - super efficient and thorough. The bar is wonderful: cosy, dark-wood, excellent service. Can’t wait to go back!
The location of the hotel is fantastic! You can pretty much walk anywhere and to all the shopping, restaurants and theaters you would need.
Accommodation are beautiful decor rooms - elegance and iconic.
The customer service is fantastic! I forgot a pair of shoes at hotel and they shipped them back to me to Canada at no cost. I can go on more about how accommodating they are but I think that examples sums it all up :)
We stayed 6 nights and felt the hotel deserved its very special status. While our room was quite spacious and exactly as pictured on the website, a small disappointment was that the 'view' out of our window was not over the inner courtyard but over a very ugly roof. However our room was extremely well maintained - the daily servicing probably among the best we've experienced during our many travels.
The staff on reception and the concierge were very helpful and the common areas were lovely. The location couldn't be bettered and we much appreciated being able to walk to so many sights. We also loved those excellent buffet breakfast in such a gorgeous room. The waiting staff were exceptionally attentive and our only problem was what to choose each morning.
It seemed that everyone spoke English and wanted to guide us to the best places. I was to meet a friend there and the staff at the front desk went out of their way to help and to make sure that we found each other. Our room received special care or so it seemed and everything we could have wanted was at our fingertips. a wonderful hotel.
Stayed there in May 2018. It is centrally located and walking distance to the main sites in the city. They have a very nice patio verandah where you can have a drink in the evening. They have also a good Asian restaurant that I recommend to try. Downside is the breakfast, the set up is like a big ballroom, you don't feel any privacy and it is a "mass -breakfast set". However, as the quality of the breakfast quality, rooms, service and the location I give them a 5 stars!