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
Parking on site
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A converted palace where more is more, from neo-Baroque décor to panoramic views from the rooftop pool
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.