Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg
What We Love
- Free welcome drink on arrival
- Top location on St. Petersburg's grandest boulevard, Nevsky Prospect, within walking distance of the Hermitage
- Tucking into dainty cakes and pastries at the hotel's Viennese café
- Dostoevsky set much of Crime and Punishment on this very site
What To Know
- Travelers will need to apply for a tourist visa prior to departure; the current fee is $80 for U.S. citizens
- A $6 city tax (for non-Russian guests) per person, per stay, will be collected by the hotel at check out
- Expect business travelers; the Grand Ballroom is the largest meeting space in any hotel in the city
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
On bustling Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg’s grandest boulevard, the Corinthia is an opulent five-star hotel that stretches an entire block. Housed in three converted 19th-century buildings with a striking stone façade, it’s a historic haunt with dramatic interiors. The lobby features soaring marble columns topped by a lead panel ceiling and leads to a glittering DJ-helmed lobby bar. A soothing color scheme of creams and grays runs through the property, with burnished mahogany accents and artworks from the London gallery Artefact.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms have a dignified modern look, with wall-spanning wood and leather headboards, a muted palette of cream and chocolate, and such mod cons as WiFi, flat-screen TVs and a pillow menu. The off-white sofas and amethyst chaise longues are most welcome after a day of museum and palace hopping. Closets are the walk-in kind, as are the large glass-fronted showers. Bathrooms are sparkling white marble and are stocked with Bulgari toiletries. Upgrade to a Suite for access to the Executive Club Lounge for free breakfast, all-day drinks and spectacular views of the city.
Tuck into Mediterranean dishes at the Imperial restaurant, considered one of St. Petersburg’s finest. Nab a table by the window for the best views of Nevsky Prospect, or opt for light bites and dainty pastries at Café Vienna, a traditional Austrian coffeehouse. The DJ-helmed lobby bar is a stylish spot for cocktails, or you can sink a Russian vodka at the Nevsky Bar. The fitness center is open 24 hours, and you can relax on the terrace post-workout.
In the Area
Despite all the in-house comforts, you’ll want to get out and stroll to the nearby monuments of what may be Russia’s prettiest city — especially during summer’s White Nights, when the Festival of Classical Music and other cultural events are in full swing. Any time of year is perfect for taking the short walk to the mind-blowing Hermitage Museum (founded by Catherine the Great in 1764), St. Petersburg’s vast main plaza, Palace Square, with its Winter Palace and Summer Garden, and the fairy-tale-like Church of the Resurrection. At night take in a play at the Maly Drama Theater or an opera or ballet at the famous Mariinsky Theater. Architecturally, the Metro is a cut above almost every other public transport system in the world. It’s also the world’s deepest subway, so be prepared for the vertiginous view from the top of the escalator.
How to Get There
I spent 5 days in St. Petersburg at the Corinthia hotel. The location was good, the hotel clean and but areas were not that well managed.
Given the size of the building (huge), a pool and sauna would have been a nice option. While I was there the beauty salon was closed, which was a shame as I would have liked to enjoy a treatment or two.
Again given the size of the building, the rooms and bathrooms could have been bigger... felt a little cramped. The bed was incredibly comfortable and allowed for a good nights rest.
Breakfast was wonderful, with plenty of choice of hot and cold dishes, and if Prosecco is your morning choice, there’s plenty on ice.
The hotel restaurant (evening meal) was disappointing, service was slow, food arrived warm and was very over priced.
Room service was not to a good standard (for a five* establishment). Every evening I had need to ask for something to be brought to my room that room service had forgotten to supply or replenish.
I’m usually a fan of Corinthia hotels and try and where possible to stay in one. This one however left me unimpressed. Perhaps I was just unlucky on this occasion.
Would I recommend this hotel, no I wouldn’t. There’s plenty more to chose from that would offer better service and value for money.
Excellent hotel in the very heart of the city..Wonderful by all the aspects you can imagine.Very kind and helpful staff especially in the reception desk..The hotel has a large sitting hall with a pianist and a nice small bar..Very clean .Rooms are big and very welcoming,nice bathroom..You have coffee facilities in the room..Breakfast is very nice,all you can imagine is there..Just the perfect hotel !!
Just left the Corinthia St Petersburg after having experienced a great weekend of absolutely impeccable service from the moment I arrived till check-out. Check in was quick and the room I booked was a perfect reflection of the way the hotel is painstakingly managed to very high levels.
The staff were wonderful in their approach and truly out to ensure a pleasant experience would be ultimately achieved. Bookings for the Hermitage, dinner suggestions and arrangements and tickets for the boat trip to Peterhof were always taken care of in minutes.
Truly impressed to have made a number of acquaintances such as Evgenia, Yulia and Dariya. They made this stay just great and I look forward to seeing them all next year. My compliments to Jonathan Pace and Alain Grima who have certainly added the warmth of Maltese hospitality to the far north of Europe.
I'd like to provide a fair and honest input here: The hotel is of good quality in some of the aspects and very centrally located (Nevsky Prospekt, the main boulevard of the city and very close to most attractions). And because of the very weak ruble currently, the value for money is quite good.
But we had quite a few problems, eventually all were solved: Our room on the first night was inhabitable (we did get a 50% discount of that night eventually but it did not come easy); Some charges were false (they were taken off but checkout took many arguments and ~45 minutes, after which they gave us a ride to the airport as a courtesy); The room keys stopped working every evening, etc. Also, strangely, one needs to lift the toilet's board and cover with his/her hands every time he/whe wishes to flush the toilet - not very hygienic...
We are experienced global travelers for decades in all sorts of conditions, and never had our valuables stolen. But on Nevsky Prospekt it happened twice on one day. First time, a large man bumped into us quite forcefully, as if to pass us in the line to a restaurant, and before we knew it my smart phone was gone. Second time, our backpacks were unzipped while on us and our glasses were stolen -- who on earth steals eyeglasses???
We had several fantastic stays in the past at another hotel in the same chain, the Corinthia in Budapest, and sent friends there a few times as well. So naturally, our expectations were for similar quality (staff, service, facilities, breakfast, executive club, etc.). What we found was, disappointingly, not at all comparable.
I found the room to be very well maintained and clean. I enjoyed the stunning ambience accompanied with music. I would definitely recommend this property to anyone who want to stay in the heart of St Petersburg. Truly enjoyed afternoon tea experience even though service was quite slow (waited for 25 mins).