I stay at Kempinski on a regular basis - at least once a month and mostly for business. Location is very good - both for business and pleasure. It is right next to the Winter Palace, walking distance from Nevsky and a cluster of restaurants on Starokonyushennaya. Reception is friendly and above board benchmarked against most Russian hotels. The staff is well trained, helpful and very friendly. The standard rooms and bathrooms are rather small, but adequate. Linen and bed quality is very good, toiletries, bathrobes and slippers are also quite nice. Hotel provides welcome letter, fruit basket and a bottle of wine for regular guests, which is a nice touch. Ventilation and air conditioning is a bit noisy and it can get hot in the very few hot days of summer, since the equipment is not up do date. Overall, the management is doing a great job in maintaining an asset that needs a bit of capex, but probably does not get it from the owner. The best thing is breakfast - it is indeed excellent, with a great choice of freshly squeezed juices, great bakery products, good choice of cold cuts and a la carte items, service is fast and efficient. An extra touch is live piano, which is not so common elsewhere.
The Management is doing a great job in decorating hotel for festive events, such as Christmas and Easter. It also tries to be quite competitive with room rates, which are reasonable for the market.
The weakest areas are bar and restaurant - I can imagine that it is also the weakest revenue generator for the hotel. The management does not seem to understand that they completely went wrong with the pricing policy, or perhaps this policy has not changed since the early 90s. The bar is mostly empty - it has no atmosphere, buzz or energy and I am convinced that it is caused by inadequate pricing. $ 12-15 for a small beer, or $ 30 for a glass of table wine does not encourage the guests to come for before or after dinner drinks. Most guests can certainly afford to pay above average prices for an upscale bar, like the Connaught in London, or Four Seasons in Paris, but even those places do not have such ridiculous pricing policies and do have the buzz which Moika certainly lacks. We were going for drinks to W instead, which is much better choice. The restaurant seems to have same pricing policy. There are so many nice restaurants walking distance from the hotel, that the Management need to be aware that they have to compete with the outside world and try to retain the guests instead of losing business to the outside restaurants. Currently, going for lunch or dinner is not an attractive option.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is located in the historical heart of St Petersburg, on the Moika River and opposite the renowned Hermitage Museum and Palace Square. Furnished with antiques, the rooms are decorated in classical marine style decor with white and gold accents and come with a Free Wi-Fi, interactive flat-screen TV, air conditioner, , a minibar, ensuite bathrooms with heated floors, and fine bathroom amenities. A telephone line and 24 hour access to a business center provided. The 9th floor Bellevue Brasserie restaurant awes guests with its 360 degree views of St.Petersburg and offers a fine European cuisine with French accents. Guests can enjoy a drink at the cozy The Von Witte bar or experience one of the unique tea ceremonies at the Tea Room. A sumptuous continental breakfast buffet is served every morning at the Beau Rivage restaurant. The Relaxation Centre features a fully-equipped fitness room and a spa area with a sauna, a Turkish steam bath and a whirlpool. Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is just two minutes' walk from the Nevsky Prospect, 10 minutes' walk from the Russian Museum and close to all major sights and shopping. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kempinski Hotel St Petersburg