Heralded as St. Peterburg’s most famous hotel, The Hotel Astoria has served as a byword for luxury and a preferred accommodation of celebrities since its illustrious opening in 1912. Today, the Lidval-designed hotel—sitting next door to the famous golden domes of St. Isaac’s Cathedral—is a reflection of the city’s Art Nouveau elegance and rich history, restored to its former Russian glory by the prestigious Rocco Forte Collection and fulfilling every bit of the 20th century grand hotel that it is.

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Every nuance of the Hotel Astoria reflects the iconic 20th century grand hotel style. High gilded ceilings, white-marble lobbies, and palatial staircases are only the beginning of the stylish journey through its doors. Indeed, stepping into one of the Hotel Astoria’s Olga Polizzi designed rooms and suites is to enter into the beauty and heritage of the city. Russian linens, Italian marble clad bathrooms, and superb views over St. Isaac’s Cathedral make even the smallest rooms feel firmly rooted in history, while complimentary Internet, interactive entertainment systems, and REN luxury bath amenities bring their own touch of modern luxury. And with the hotel’s Families R Forte Program, even the youngest guests are treated to the utmost pampering.

The suites at Hotel Astoria elevate the standards of luxury even further with specially commissioned rugs, bespoke objects d’art, and Russian paintings alongside iPhone docking stations, Nespresso coffee makers, and separate soaking bathtubs. Of the 86 suites available, the four two-bedroom Presidential Suites, single two-bedroom Royal Suite, and over-the-top Tsar Suite are the most prestigious in St. Petersburg, furnished in priceless antiques and accompanied by unprecedented Butler Service and panoramic views over the Mariinsky Palace, the Statue of Nicholas I, and St. Isaac’s Square.

From its inception in 1912, the Hotel Astoria has served as one of the most coveted dining establishments in St. Petersburg and maintains that esteemed reputation through a host of first class offerings. The Astoria Café, the hotel’s flagship, is renowned for its Russian twists on French cuisine and exquisite caviar and vodka selections, while afternoon tea at the Rotunda Lounge a local institution for its chocolate fountain, blini pancakes, and Astoria chocolates. The most stylish and seductive spot in Hotel Astoria, however, is the Lichfield Bar, named for the legendary royal photographer Lord Lichfield and aptly decked out in Art Deco lights, dark wood furnishing, the sounds of jazz, and plenteous ice cold vodka.

The Astoria Hotel enjoys a coveted central location just opposite the golden dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, placing guests with walking distance to all of St. Petersburg’s essential sites. The Hermitage and the Mariinsky Theatre are just beyond the doorstep, while the 42 islands, 65 waterways, and 360 bridges of the “City of 101 Islands” await immediate exploration. After a day of sightseeing, return to the Astoria Hotel’s 7th floor to unwind at the hotel’s 24-hour fitness center and two spas, indulging in the Spa Decléor’s sauna and Turkish steam bath or a luxury Payot body treatment at La Maison De Beauté Carita Astoria after an invigorating cardio workout or yoga class next door.

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