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
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.
What once may have been a palace is today a poor excuse for a luxury hotel. Unfortunately we stayed a week and were appalled by the standard of service and the condition of the hotel. Our first impressions were that most of the lights were off. No matter what time of day. From the foyer to reception, the lift areas to the breakfast room. Dimly lit claustrophobic corridors stretching on in no particular direction. Dark corners and a serious lack of signage.
We were ‘upgraded’ to a low ceilinged suite that would have served as a nice room if they hadn’t added a wall to create a separate ‘sitting room’ effectively cutting half the window off & creating 2 pokey dark rooms serving as a suite!! The bathroom was larger than the bedroom with a generous supply of worn and threadbare towels one would generally offload to the dog washer. The ‘included’ breakfast buffet offered a poor selection of tired and rehashed produce. After 2 attempts we avoided it preferring the fabulous franchise Marketplace for good quality breakfasts. Telephoning room service was impossible as they had no grasp of English. The staff on concierge were indifferent and lazy with little interest in providing information and assistance. Unacceptable hotel standards for $350AUD p/night. We have had better service and experience in our travels outside of the city of St Petersburg for a fraction of the price but where the staff are passionate and interested and the patron is a participant in the ongoing running of the hotel. To sum it up, this pokey, dark labyrinth is a poor excuse for a luxury hotel anywhere in the world.
Arrived here with our group late evening, we had a room on 3rd floor one lift out of order, our room was very nice and spacious really big bathroom, the room was very warm and bathroom floor was very hot had to ask for both to be turned down, we found reception staff to be quite surly, breakfast was a limited choice condensing price of hotel, good location for the winter place and hermitage square , the hotel is stunning inside with a grand staircase, the pool was very nice, but found it strange that you had to change in your room and go up in bathrobe, Victoria restaurant food was excellent but don’t ask for champagne as very expensive for one small glass, the door man was very helpful and Friendly
This hotel is magnificent. It is literally an old palace with the architecture and artworks from yesteryear. We got upgraded to a suite which was amazing. There is a butler service - they couldn't be more helpful. Get them to sort the wifi for you though - it is complicated and not very stable. The breakfast is in the most amazing room. The gym is HUGE. The spa is wonderful. Check it all out. The location of this hotel is so good - 5 mins walk to all the main sights, and close to shops and restaurants.