Astoria, St Petersburg, Russia
As St Petersburg itself, the Hotel Astoria is a delightful meeting of new and classic elegance. Steeped in history, it was at the Astoria that Hitler planned to hold his victory banquet on conquering Leningrad. The clean understated lines of its interiors give way to the stately gildings on the domes of St Isaac's Cathedral - the Astoria is situated on the cathedral square, a canal-side stroll from the Hermitage, the Yusupov Palace, and the Mariinsky Theatre. Of its four restaurants the Davidov takes precedence, serving high Russian and European cuisine, whilst the Clarins Spa beckons at the end of a day's sightseeing.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
The Museum of Political History is housed in the mansion of Kshesinskaya, who was a famous ballet dancer and Tsar Nicholas II's lover.
Visit the sumptuous Tsars' Village, which was the summer residence of the Russian Emperors. Tsars' Village is a unique ensemble, comprising a number of palaces, pavilions, and the dwellings of lesser nobles and servants, in harmony with lakes and landscaped gardens.
The city tour takes you to the main streets and squares of the city - names that stir the Russian heart - Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square, the Bronze Horseman, the Fontanka Embankment, the Neva River, and Vassilevsky Island.
St Petersburg is the home of ballet - the dance was first developed here from the 18th century onwards, with all of the most famous ballets being premiered here. As well as ballet, the city has a thriving musical scene, with many fine orchestras and performers.