Grand Hotel Europe is located in the city center. Perfect location! Just blocks away to great restaurants, park, museum, shopping and Michalevky theatre and 10-15 minute nice walk to Hermitage and other spots. We spent the most memorable 5 nights ever in this hotel in June, almost white nights - the sun was setting past midnight. We had a corner suite on the top floor with a wrap around terrace. The suite was a little outdated, but had some charm and the wrap around terrace was magnificent with stupendous views and own teak chaises, chairs and table. I felt like I was in Paris too. While sitting on the terrace we heard classical music penetrating the air and wondered where this was coming from... so magical. Marina, the reservation manager made me feel very comfortable already since I have been dealing with her prior to my arrival. She was very efficient and helpful in obtaining documents for our visas. The staff welcomed our 7 year old child with a Teddy Bear and a special note which included a gift certificacte she could redeem for a piece of cake or ice cream at the coffee shop. A very nice and thoughtful thing to do and keeps the little one happy. In our suite we had waiting a bottle of wine and a wonderful grand piano sculpture made from dark chocolate and filled with delicious chocolates. The chocolate was so good that we kept on breaking the piano into pieces and eating it and were disapointed when we returned from day trip and our piano with out feet was going. The housekeeping staff is too efficent, lol...The housekeeping also left chocolate of the day by your bed side each evening. In comparison to Baltchug Kempinski in Moscow the suite was much smaller here. The closet space was minimal in the hallway but we managed to squeeze in. Also, the suite had an extra bathroom off the living room (a plus), comfortable bed and linens, and large master bathroom (Bulgari toiletries) with warm tile floor, wall to wall dark block out curtains and NO traffic noise. The hotel was magnificent. Breakfast room which I will never forget and really enjoyed each morning listening to the Harpist play until about 10:30 am. A heaven for Tea lovers. I am a tea drinker and there were close to 24 jars of different flavors of loose tea. I think I managed to try them all in my 5 day stay with different honey. Wonderful selection of everything, from hot dishes to cold cuts, appetizers, fruit, pastries, Champagne and juices. The breakfast room was gorgeous, old world charm with beautiful stain glass ceilings, details, dark hard wood booths. The service was fantastic and thank God not too stiff like at Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio. Professional yet human not robotic. The Concierge Xenia was excellent! She got us! And she knew exactly what we would like. Her recommendations were up our alley and terrific. She took care of our tickets to Marinsky theatre for a sold out performance of Anna Karenina. The hotel has a box there and for extra fee in addition to the ticket you will be all set going through the hotel. We really did not care for the box once we were there, the box was at the end of the orchestra, elevated by a 3/4 meter, maybe? We would prefer the center stage front seats. Since the theatre orchestra seats are on the same level and are not elevated you may have a hard time seeing the stage. Although Marinsky is the most famous theatre and you need to get a taxi to get there (25 minute walk on the way back) I prefer Michalevski Theatre which is just around the corner from the hotel. You can go there to the box office directly and purchase the tickets on your own. This theatre is much smaller and has a cozy feel, hard wood floors in the bar area where you can realx during intermissions and is just as nice as Marinsky. So if you don't get the chance to do Marisnky the flavor of Russian Ballet will just do with Michalevsky. We are not ballet people (our child is) but we ended up seeing 3 performances on our trip. Also good restaurants are Zhar (amazing room, food - best pierogi and potatoe pancakes, experience, must do), Terrace (no one spoke English when we had an issue luckily my Russian came in handy), Vodka Room (great food and caviar & vodka). Park resturant by the park was fine and reasonble for quick meal. We enjoyed Grand Hotel's snack restaurant by the bar area and a chocolate counter a lot which you must sample since they have chocolate factory on the premises. Many smokers, I think they have about 4 tables for non smokers but the smoke can get around. I wish I tried their caviar restaurant. We just did not have an opportunity this time around too busy doing other things. The Spa was small and had no pool to swim but small plunger to jump in. High speed internet you can purchase cards and use it within 36 hours window which was convenient. The weather tends to be unpredictable there. Sunny and next minute rain. On a rainy day we went to Hermitage. The hotel doesn't sell the tickets for this museum and the lines could be up to 2 hours long. I recommend finding a tour guide who can get you in with out the wait. This is the only hotel I would consider staying at in St. Petersburg. I love everything about this city, hotel and the staff we dealt with was exceptional.
- 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:
- Grand Hotel St Petersburg