The imperial-era opulence of one of St. Petersburg’s oldest hotels
Heart-of-the-action location within walking distance of the Hermitage, the Church of Spilled Blood and more
Sipping sommelier-curated vodkas in the Caviar Bar and watching a ballet performance over dinner at the famed L’Europe restaurant
What To Know
An $8.50 admin fee per person, per stay, will be collected by the hotel at check out
Travelers will need to apply for a tourist visa prior to departure; current fees are $80 for U.S. citizens
Splash out on a Suite; other guestrooms have a dated cookie-cutter look and mostly courtyard views
Like everything in St. Petersburg, meals here are expensive; breakfast is $40.
Parking on site
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Opulent 19th-century hotel on Nevsky Prospekt, with Art Nouveau interiors and four decadent restaurants
On the south side of the Neva River opposite Art Square, the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe has been a glitzy landmark on Nevsky Prospekt for more than 140 years. Architect Carlo Rossi (responsible for many of the city’s distinctive yellow and white buildings) helped craft the building’s famed Neo-Baroque façade, while inside, luxe Art Nouveau accents remain from the days when Maxim Gorky, George Bernard Shaw and Tchaikovsky propped up the lobby bar.
Bed and Bath
The first of the city’s hotels to modernize after the fall of the Soviet Union, the 265-room hotel has been slowly restored to its original gilded glory over two decades. Guestrooms reflect this floor-by-floor renovation, so decor, layout, scale and room amenities cover the design spectrum from tsarist opulence and iconic city scenes in the One-Bedroom Suites to courtyard views and cookie-cutter style in the Superior Rooms. Bathrooms too vary greatly in size and style, but all favor dark marble and showers or tubs.
While the city is home to more than 100 museums and countless monuments, make time to wander the hotel’s own grand halls, staircases and opulent ballrooms. The Art Nouveau dining room of L’Europe restaurant is a sight unto itself, and if you splurge on one French-inspired meal here, make it the romantic Tchaikovsky Night, which includes a ballet performance and white glove service. Or join the fur-wearing set for beluga and ossetra caviar and sommelier-curated vodka at the Caviar Bar and Restaurant. During the summer months and magical White Nights (May to July), opt for dinner and cocktails on the Grand Terrace overlooking Nevsky Prospekt, or book a ride down the Neva River on the hotel boat, Katarina.