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
We "splurged" and stayed in a suite at the Corinthia because we had stayed in a Corintha hotel in Budapest and were blown away by the luxoury. Unfortunately, this hotel was a huge disappointment when considering the rate we paid.
The service was spotty. Staff who spoke English were excellent, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Those who didn't - ie/ doormen - were distinctly unfriendly. Not even a smile (except the doorman with the top hat). The Executive Lounge was excellent for service and food. Great staff that worked hard. However, the Lounge was in embarrassingly poor shape! The décor is dated and one vinyl booth seat had a huge tear in it. The carpet in front of the buffet was so worn, there was a big hole! The entire carpet needed replacing.
The maid service in the room was minimal, not putting shoes or housecoats away. We stayed 4 nights. By the last night, it was as if the maid had given up!
The website photos are misleading. The hotel looks absolutely glamorous! Once upon a time perhaps, but it is now very neglected. It is time the corporation invested in freshening up this hotel. For the price, I would spend my money elsewhere.
You should also know that the location of this hotel is some distance from the shopping and restaurant district. There are some pretty seedy places (read: strip bars and tacky, dark bars) on the same block.
The Road is very lively whole night . Amazing indian Veg food . Also the lobby and rooms are perfect . Smooth check in & Check out . Most of the rooms are not Road facing so negotiate for rooms location . Room service is perfect and restaurant serves affordable good veg food also . Bathrooms maintain hygiene but hot water pressure is low .
We had an Executive Suite and access to the Lounge. That was just perfect. The staff was very kind and the service - especially in the Lounge - extraordinary good!
The room was big enough, very silent and very clean. The rooms were cleaned during the day and in the evening prepared for the night.