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
- 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
Its two buildings merged to create the hotel and there are some odd ways to get to the rooftop restaurant (which was very good). Not all lifts go there and I went through the gym and a long hallway to emerge at the restaurant. Rooms are all different sizes down twisting corridors and decorated in Russian extravagance which is not to my tase but fits. Service was good and people at the front desk spoke English and were helpful. Near the Hermitage and Impressionist Museum and lots of shopping. I'd recommend.
Beautiful hotel in excellent position. Well appointed rooms and very quiet. Superb bathroom facilities.Rooms appear dark but this is due to the style of soft furnishing.
Breakfast excellent and plentiful.
Good place for those who search genuine Russian style. Lady who checked us in was a bit arrogant but breakfast service and food was excellent. Other stuff was also friendly. Doorman was on the phone all the time, so dont expect him to open door for you. 1 night i heard car noise and glassware shaking, so who has problems with sleeping, do not accept room next to the road. Perfect location.
An amazing stay! The hotel is a former palace, and decorated in the 18th century style. The room and bathroom were huge! Food excellent and staff delightful! Happy to cater for special needs of any kind and to vary arrangements to suit individual needs.
This hotel is amazing. The architecture, the furniture, the service, the food, I couldn't fault any of it, until I went to bed. The noise was awful. Not particularly loud or banging but a constant drone accompanied by a vibration. At first I assumed it was the traffic but when I looked out my window at 1am, there was a man in a cherry picker doing building work so I assumed it was him. By 2am I had to go down to reception to ask if they had ear plugs but they didn't. They did offer to move my room but I was completely unpacked and moving in the middle of the night would probably mean I would lose something or leave valuables in the safe. So I had to spend the night on the bathroom floor, a room further away from the road with a nice thick door. Next day it was suggested there was a nightclub in the block somewhere and that is possible because it was now Saturday and it was louder and went on for longer. Night two on the bathroom floor. I did manage to sleep in the bed for the rest of my stay because it wasn't as bad which might enforce the nightclub/pub theory. It is only one thing but not getting any sleep is a big thing. I don't stay at a 5* hotel to sleep on the floor.