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St. Petersburg Hotels

$400 or more
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Angleterre Hotel
24 Malaya Morskaya
City Center
St. Petersburg
Russia 190000
Tel: 7 812 494 5666
reservations.spb@angleterrehotel.com
www.angleterrehotel.com

The Astoria's neighbor got a total makeover in 2003, courtesy of Olga Polizzi, sister of Sir Rocco Forte and designer of his divine grands. That's because Sir Forte took over the management of this five-star, instantly making these 193 rooms some of the most desirable in the city. Guests here get the same great Isaac Square location, plus signing privileges at the Astoria's facilities, and decor that's almost as lovely. Here are parquet floors; heavy drapes and matching armchairs in burgundy, grey, or cream; Volga linens; and dark-stained wood. There's satellite and cable TV, but the marble-tile bathrooms aren't so attractive—and you have to graduate to the Club Floor or a suite before you get a robe. The Italian Borsalino Restaurant (gnocchi, osso buco, tiramisu) is very pleasant, and Caviar, a ground-floor Russian bar with panoramic views of Isaac Square, opened in December 2006.

$300-$399
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Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg
57 Nevsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg
Russia 191025
Tel: 7 812 380 2001
www.corinthia.com/StPetersburg

St. Petersburg's luxury hotels often feel like extensions of the palaces you come here to visit—the more gold plating and brocade, the better. But sometimes you need a palate cleanser, a more streamlined place to lay your head. And for that we suggest the Corinthia. Set in a historic building on Nevsky Prospekt, the hotel reflects modern St. Petersburg with clean-lined, dark-wood furniture and luxe textures in buttery leather headboards and plush velvet couches. This is Russia, so you'll still get your glam, but here it comes in the form of elegant Art Deco chandeliers and caviar breakfasts. It's worth the extra $100 to stay in the executive wing that the hotel annexed in 2010. In addition to a better room, you'll get ironing services, business assistance (free printing, Wi-Fi, computer usage), and access to a lounge supplied with an impressive array of free food and drinks. The on-site Imperial Restaurant serves solid Mediterranean fare but is best during breakfast, when you can sip Champagne and watch the bustle of Nevsky go by.—Colleen Clark

$400 or more
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Eliseev Palace Hotel
59 Moika River Embankment
St. Petersburg
Russia 191186
Tel: 7 812 324 9944
club@taleon.ru
www.eliseevpalacehotel.com

This echt palace from the czarist era opened its doors in mid-2003 as a luxe hotel, having already established a following among the moneyed and reckless with the Taleon Club casino within the same walls. The 29 rooms (to be joined by an additional 70 by the end of 2007) are designed to appeal to the high rollers; they have a Vegas sensibility, with brocade, polished walnut, gilding and molding, Italian marble and whirlpool tubs, and hand-painted reproductions of the best of the Hermitage, all in color schemes ranging from gold and cream to bordello red. The Taleon restaurant has a good reputation with people who dress up for dinner; the Victoria is more relaxed, especially at breakfast. There's also a bar, a café, an oyster bar, and a cigar lounge—just as well, for one feels practically obligated to puff on a stogie here.

$400 or more
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Grand Hotel Emerald
18 Suvorovsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg
Russia 191036
Tel: 7 812 140 5000
reservation@grandhotelemerald.com
www.grandhotelemerald.com

The advantage of staying in a hotel built in 2003 in this city is that everything works—from broadband and Wi-Fi to satellite TV and AC. The drawback is history deprivation, though local architect Eugine Gerasimov has done his best to override that by designing a replica of a grand 19th-century mansion. There's not much to gaze at in the 92 rooms, with their ersatz-classical look, but they're comfortable, bright, and inoffensive. Spring for a suite and you get your own Jacuzzi and sauna. Hotel facilities are better than the reasonable rates suggest. There's 24-hour room service, three restaurants, a casino, and a spa with several ways to sweat: Turkish bath, sauna, and Russian banya, plus a gym with classes in yoga and—let's hear it for the Tae Bo revival!

$400 or more
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Grand Hotel Europe
Nevsky Prospect
1/7 Mikhailovskaya Ulitsa
St. Petersburg
Russia 191186
Tel: 800 237 1236 (toll-free)
Tel: 7 812 329 6000
res@grandhoteleurope.com
www.grandhoteleurope.com

The landmark 1824 edifice, with a neoclassical facade and an Art Nouveau interior, reopened as a hotel in 1991 with patchy results, but since early 2005 it's been in the very well run Orient Express Hotels stable (along with the Cipriani in Venice and the Splendido in Portofino). And after a comprehensive restoration, it's giving the Astoria a run for its money. The redone rooms sport wide-screen TVs, original Russian art and antiques, and locally crafted wooden furniture. Ask for a Terrace Room facing Arts Square, so you can overlook the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood while eating breakfast, or one of the 10 suites on the Historic Floor that were restored in 2009—the original decor in each is inspired by a figure in the hotel's or Russia's history. Other pluses include the health club/spa, seven (sometimes celeb-haunted) restaurants and bars, a pastry shop, and, of course, the amazing Nevsky Prospekt location.

$400 or more
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Hotel Astoria
39 Bolshaya Morskaya Ulitsa
St. Petersburg
Russia 190000
Tel: 7 812 494 5757
astoria.enquiries@roccofortehotels.com
www.thehotelastoria.com

The top hotel in town is part of Sir Rocco Forte's collection (sisters include Hotel de Russie in Rome and the Angleterre here in St. Petersburg) and couldn't be better placed—by St. Isaac's Cathedral. As always with Sir Rocco's digs, the 213 rooms strike a balance between traditional and contemporary, leaning here toward the classic, in a winter palette of white, beige, blue, and red that was installed in a 2002 redo. There are parquet floors, brass bedsteads with Russian linens, dark-stained wood furniture (some antique), and white marble bathrooms—all hung on such good bones. (Note, however, that most Classic standard rooms have no external view but look out on the inner courtyard instead, as do the ten 650-square-foot Olga Polizzi–designed Ambassador Suites, which were opened in spring 2007.) The grand 1912 building has beautiful proportions, with spacious lounges and parlors downstairs; have caviar and vodka in the Davidov bar, and afternoon tea in the Rotunda Lounge in the opulent lobby. Plus, there's a gym and a Clarins spa with a sauna and Turkish bath, which opened in 2003. The hotel takes particular pride in its concierge team, who give insider tips, score tickets, and generally help to negotiate what can be a tricky city: At these rates, you should give them a thorough workout.

$400 or more
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Kempinski Hotel Moika 22
22 Moika River Embankment
St. Petersburg
Russia 191186
Tel: 7 812 335 9111
reservations.moika@kempinski.com
www.kempinski-st-petersburg.com

This mid-19th-century neoclassical building (with much newer additions), on the Moika riverbank opposite the Winter Palace, received a soup-to-nuts renovation when it opened as a Kempinski hotel in February 2006. It has location, history, and beauty going for it. Of the 188 rooms, the best offer panoramic vistas over the Piter rooftops and Palace Square; less desirable are views of the internal glass-roofed courtyards. The rooftop restaurant shares the spectacular outlook, and there's a spa/health club on a second roof terrace.

$400 or more
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Taleon Imperial Hotel
15 Nevsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg
Russia 191186
Tel: 7 812 324 99 11
club@taleon.ru
taleonimperialhotel.com

The overhauled Taleon Imperial is so plush, so imperial, that you'll feel like a czar in the Winter Palace (just down the block) while traipsing through its darkened interiors. Instead of mimicking Western chains, the Taleon is unself-consciously Russian, blending the opulence of the Romanovs with the glitz of today's Russia. The 89-room hotel commands a corner of the Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg's main artery, and the Moika River Embankment. It has spacious rooms with thick curtains, thicker bedspreads, Louis XIV furnishings, and bathrooms awash in marble and stocked with Hermès toiletries; fluted columns; ornate sculpture; striking oil paintings; a chandelier-lit bar; and staff who seem as intimidated by its guests as they are eager to help them. On top of all that, there's the first-rate pool, spa, and gym on the top floor, and, next to that, the Victoria Restaurant, with tables on the balcony overlooking the canal.

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