Hotel Astoria, a Rocco Forte hotel

St. Petersburg, Russia

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    Elegant, historic hotel in a prime St Petersburg location

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    Elegant, historic hotel in a prime St Petersburg location

Why we choose Hotel Astoria, a Rocco Forte hotel

This luxury hotel has weathered 100 years of political turmoil while maintaining impossibly lofty standards

  • The Lichfield Bar has a menu of exclusive whiskies and cigars
  • The spa’s express treatment room delivers four different therapies simultaneously
  • Afternoon tea at Rotonda Lounge includes Russian blinis

You can practically feel the history that’s been made at the Astoria. When it opened, tsars and nobility were still in charge, and Astoria hosted legendary royal parties from the day it opened. Grand Dukes in the Winter Garden, prima ballerinas dancing until dawn in the Ballroom and Rasputin spending the night here with ladies who were quite taken are just a few of the stories. And the moneyed guests enjoyed the proximity of the Fabergé shop, referring to a visit as going to the “local jewelers”.

The hotel remains such a landmark in St. Petersburg that the entire city paid homage to its 100th birthday in 2012, with a long list of commemorative events.

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We suggest

Junior suites with a view of St Isaac’s Cathedral.

What you need to know about the hotel

A five-star tribute to sophisticated travel, with interiors reflecting the grandeur of the city outside

  • The Astoria Cafe, specializes in Russian fare, including an excellent selection of chilled vodkas and top Russian caviar
  • The spa’s well-equipped private treatment rooms are set up for everything from aromatherapy and massages to hydrotherapy, individual fitness classes and reiki
  • The Royal Suite lives up to its name with furnishings that include paintings, sculptures, ceramics and chandeliers from the Astoria’s original collection

The Astoria first opened its doors on December 23, 1912. Throughout the stormy years of war and revolution to follow, the hotel remained a symbol of luxury and refinement. Today it boasts 169 bedrooms (more than half of which are suites) that are modern in design but showcase an undeniably classic Russian feel. Some of the rooms are on the small side, so we recommend going up a level—say, to a Junior Suite or higher, and be sure to request a view of St Issac’s Cathedral.

Where is it and what's nearby

Hotel Astoria has a prime location in St Petersburg’s vibrant city center

  • The Winter Palace—historic residence of the Tsars—and the Hermitage house between them a 3 million-piece art collection
  • Peter and Paul Fortress once held political prisoners like Dostoyevsky and Trotsky, and its cathedral is the burial site of Russian tsars
  • Take a private tour of St Isaac’s Cathedral, the world’s fourth tallest cathedral, which was built in 1858 to hold 10,000 worshippers

The city of St Petersburg is built on numerous islands across the River Neva, creating a landscape of small rivers and canals that earned it the title of the “Venice of the North”. In addition to hundreds of bridges and gorgeous waterways, the city is blessed with pastel palaces, onion-domed cathedrals and some of the top museums in the world.

The Astoria has a central location opposite St Isaac’s Cathedral, putting it within a short walk from the Hermitage and other main attractions like the city’s many palaces, gardens and shopping areas. While here, don’t forget to take in artistic traditions such as the Mariinsky (formerly Kirov) Ballet.

How to enjoy St. Petersburg

Culture vulture? Indulge in the delicious hangover from the older days of communism, when art was considered to be a staple, not only for the privileged. From fine art, to architecture, literature and performing arts, St Petersburg is a celebration of creativity

  • In vibrant contrast with its more sinister name, the medieval Church of Spilled Blood is candy store bright, with colourful onion-shaped domes
  • Take a hydrofoil from the jetty outside the Hermitage to visit the Summer Palace. As grand and opulent as Versailles
  • Nevsky Prospekt is the center of the city’s cultural and social life. Linger in a cafe for people watching, just as Dostoevsky and Gogol before you

St Petersburg will be the most indulgent treat, if you enjoy the arts. Ask the hotel concierge for tickets that are not just to the (very beautiful) Mariinsky Theatre but to any local music concerts. There are excellent recitals happening almost every evening in unassuming halls. Must see sights include the Winter Palace. We defy you to keep your mouth closed as your jaw will drop in awe.

If you’re visiting in winter choose a bright day to see the Hermitage. The gold trim on the imposing façade glitters in the sunlight beautifully. While on the subject of winter, note that the heating will be on full blast inside your hotel, stores, museums etc. You’ll poach in your thermals, dozen layers, scarves, hat and gloves. It pays to invest in polar quality kit that’s very warm and protects your face but doesn’t require half an hour in a vestibule to put on or take off.

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    When to visit St. Petersburg

    Visit between May and July to catch the White Nights Festival. An annual international arts festival, it runs during the ‘season of the midnight sun’ and features a series of classical ballet, opera and music events and includes performances by Russian dancers, singers, musicians and actors, as well as famous international guest stars.

  • We say

    Great location on St Isaac’s Square.

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When you book with us

Because of our special relationship with Hotel Astoria, a Rocco Forte hotel, we include these exclusive benefits when you book through Protravel:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full breakfast daily, for up to two in-room guests in restaurant
  • USD $100 equivalent food & beverage credit to be utilized during stay

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