The Taleon Imperial Hotel
What We Love
- Truffle risotto and Cuban cigars at the swank Taleon restaurant
- Griboedev Bar has an extensive gastropub menu
- Top-floor spa has everything from a sauna to a steambath
- Historic ambience and royal pedigree—everyone from Catherine the Great to Maxim Gorky hung out here
What To Know
- The vintage architecture can be confusing—pay attention to reception directions when checking in!
- Meeting rooms make the Taleon popular with business travelers—it hosts a lot of conferences
- There are ramps throughout, but the abundance of carpeting can be a challenge for wheelchairs
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Empress Elizabeth commissioned the first palace on this site in 1755, then Catherine the Great had a new one completed in 1771, making both the hotel and its grand Russian restaurant, Taleon, institutions in St. Petersburg. Since its 2011 renovation, the modern royalty staying at the 120 room property have a multitude of more modern comforts, including free WiFi in the rooms and free access to the Taleon Spa with its rooftop pool, sun terrace and salt room. But if you want to immerse yourself in the Imperial Russian vibe, you should book a treatment at the Eliseev Banya, the sumptuous Russian baths on the hotel’s second floor.
In the Area
Superbly located where the city’s central artery, Nevsky Prospect, meets the Moika River, the Taleon is across the street from the passageway to the Winter Palace and the Hermitage complex, and a short walk to the Kazan Cathedral and the granite columns and mosaic icons of St. Isaac’s Cathedral. At night, it’s a pleasant stroll to the Mariinsky Theater to take in an opera or ballet. Even when you’re inside the hotel, the views of the gorgeous city from the Victoria restaurant, rooftop pool, and some rooms and suites, are fit for an empress.
How to Get There
Stayed at this hotel four four nights recently and it really is something special. Ornate and opulent decor greats the guest as do helpful and friendly staff. The rooms are tastefully decorated and large. Good food served over three locations. Location is perfect for exploring the city.
This is a beautiful hotel and the interiors are charmed. The great columns , the chandeliers, the furniture is all reminiscent of Imperial Russia. The grand staircase in the hallway and the painted wall paintings are amazing photo op locations. Don't look for the efficiency of the International chain hotels. Every thing is understated and grows on you. We stayed here for 5 nights and we were upgraded to a suite. The breakfast restaurant is charming and the service is good. The breakfast does get repetitive over five days and wish they would have more variety. We couldn't eat at Victoria since the last order is at 10 pm. Room service was adequate but the serving was good. The room décor was nice but the pillows and mattress could do with a rehaul. The bathroom was splendid with a heated floor and enormous tub. The quality of the toiletries could be improved. The hotel gives you very little complimentary drinking water. Also I found the heating of the room a bit excessive and stifling but that's a matter of personal taste. We used Anna the concierge extensively for car bookings, taxi and reservations. She was fabulous. The car service company was also very good. However best of all is the location of the hotel. Its 5 minutes to the Hermitage and Palace square. It has restaurants , the river and all the attractions at a stones throw.
We had the most gorgeous room over the river and everyone had a comfy bed, which often doesn't happen when we sleep three to a room. The breakfast dining room was really majestic. All the staff were lovely. A really wonderful experience. Highly recommend. And a great location to everything as well. Easy walk to the Hermitage. etc
The accommodation is, without doubt, excellent, as is the superb food in the Victoria restaurant on the 6th floor. However, the staff really lacked direction and are less than friendly, save for one lady concierge. Very comfortable, but I would suggest using it for Bed & Breakfast only and if you want an atmosphere in a restaurant, best to look elsewhere.
Stayed here for our wedding In 2015. The suite we had was amazing, really enjoyed our champagne in the hot tub. The building is amazing. The restaurant we used (upstairs) is very good. Great location. Downstairs bar is ok, it looks very good, but it feels a bit like a corridor. The staff in the bar are snooty. 5 stars for the room. Staff need to remember they work there not own it.