St. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities we've ever seen, and Grand Hotel Europe must be one of the best hotels in the world. The location, across the city hall on Nevsky Prospekt, is perfect. The history of the hotel, going back almost 140 years, is very intriguing. The building is beautiful: just look at the windows and other Art Nouveau details in the bar and in restaurant Europe! The public areas are very stylish, and the thick carpet in the third floor corridor was new. Our third floor Belle Chambre had a great view of the city hall, and Gostinny Dwor, and we heard nothing of the busy traffic on Nevsky. Everything seemed to be just recently refurbished; in a traditional style. We had a state-of-the-art bathroom, and the bed was very comfortable, with very soft, smooth sheets. A television popped up from a cabinet at the end of the bed. Very good lighting. Free wifi. At arrival we were offered a glass of champagne, there was a bouquet of fresh flowers in our room, a large bowl of fruit, and each day we got two bottles of mineral water. (But we drank water from the tap too, without any side-effects. The city has a modern water purification plant, and yes, the water pipes are old, but so are those in Rome, Madrid and many other places.) The air conditioning was very good (maybe a little noisy). And everything was spotlessly clean.
We had asked for a transfer from Finlyandsky train station, which went very smoothly. When we checked in, the young lady at the reception desk was so friendly and welcoming, and that set the tone for the rest of our stay. It is a big hotel, with a large staff; but without exception, every staff member we met, was happy to help us, and to answer our questions. And we met quite of few of them, staying there for six days: using the laundry service, going to the concierge desk, to the business centre, talking with the doormen, having meals and drinks in all the different venues, and so on. Everyone speaks fluent English, so I felt ashamed to try out my bit of Russian. But my efforts were appreciated.
The breakfast buffet is just unbelievable. It is served in the beautiful restaurant Europe, and it is the best we ever had, also with the best staff ever, with so much attention for every guest. Several times we had lunch in the Mezzanine café, or on the terrace, both very pleasant. When we had dinner at restaurant Europe, we had the privilege of hearing a great jazz pianist, Valery Latman, and that made it an unforgettable evening. Twice we had dinner at the Caviar restaurant, and we loved the explanations of the different types of caviar. And each day, we had drinks in the beautiful bar.
No complaints whatever? Yes: the historic roof terrace was closed; we had been looking forward to sitting there. And we hate having to use a tablet to see a menu or a wine list. (Fortunately restaurant Europe and the Caviar restaurant still have a nice old fashioned list, in a leather cover.)
We loved St.Petersburg, and we loved the comfort and the friendliness of Grand Hotel Europe. Very, very strongly recommended!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A cultural and culinary landmark, Belmond Grand Hotel Europe has played a central role in social, cultural, civic, and business life of St Petersburg for 140 years. Belmond Grand Hotel Europe is located in the very heart of the city centre, on the corner of Nevsky Prospekt and Mikhailovskaya Ulitsa. Positioned adjacent to the Arts Square, the hotel has strong associations with the worlds of theatre, music and ballet. Past guests include Peter Tchaikovsky, Dmitry Shostakovich, Ivan Turgenev, Johann Strauss, George Bernard Shaw, Luciano Pavarotti, crowned heads and world leaders. Today the hotel offers its guests 266 rooms. The hotel's Historic Floor boasts 10 unique suites with individual names, including the Dostoevsky, Romanov and Pavarotti suites. The hotel is home to four welcoming restaurants and bar of the highest international standards. On Fridays, L'Europe Restaurant hosts the hotel's celebrated Tchaikovsky evenings, while another pearl of the hotel's restaurants is the Caviar Bar, where guests can enjoy blini with caviar washed down by ice-cold vodka. Those who enjoy chocolate can make their dreams come true in the hotel's in-house chocolate factory, where they can even order a chocolate grand piano. Located in the heart of the cultural capital of Eastern Europe, Belmond Grand Hotel Europe combines the charm and elegance of 19th century tsarist Russia with the contemporary comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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