It was sheer luck that we managed to get a room at this Vintage hotel during the days of midnight sun.
just as the name suggests, it looked like the grand old lady of St.Petersburg.
The staffs were quite efficient and helpful. Nce and easy checkin, early in the morning, about 6am, after a pleasant night trip on the train from Moscow.
Rested a bit in the well appointed and comfortable room and after a freshup headed for breakfast.
Trip to famous sight seeing spots like the Ekaterina palaces and the river was simply magical.
Was happy to visit a historic mosque built in Turqish architecture. Revived as a Religious and Cultural centre after Glasnost, but needs more support to bring it back to its old glory.
The boat ride was exciting while returning to the hotel.
Went shopping to the nearest Market and amazed at the richness of cultural and economical activities.
Had dinner by a roadside cafe, watching the crowds of tourists jostling around, enjoying the long, lloonnnggg summer day. It was 10pm, by the time we returned to the Hotel and felt like it was early afternoon. No tiredness, no fatigue, what a miracle from the hands of the Almighty.
Freshened up and hit the road again at 11 pm. It is too early to retire during the days of the midnight sun.
By the time we returned to the Hotel it was
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A cultural and culinary landmark, Belmond Grand Hotel Europe has played a central role in social, cultural, civic, and business life of St Petersburg for over 135 years. Belmond Grand Hotel Europe is located in the very heart of the city centre, on the corner of Nevsky Prospekt and Mikhailovskaya Ulitsa. Positioned adjacent to the Arts Square, the hotel has strong associations with the worlds of theatre, music and ballet. Past guests include Peter Tchaikovsky, Dmitry Shostakovich, Ivan Turgenev, Johann Strauss, George Bernard Shaw, Luciano Pavarotti, crowned heads and world leaders. Today the hotel offers its guests 265 rooms. The hotel's Historic Floor boasts 10 unique suites with individual names, including the Dostoevsky, Romanov and Pavarotti suites. The hotel is home to six welcoming restaurants and bars of the highest international standards. On Fridays, L'Europe Restaurant hosts the hotel's celebrated Tchaikovsky evenings, while another pearl of the hotel's restaurants is the Caviar Bar, where guests can enjoy blini with caviar washed down by ice-cold vodka. Those who enjoy chocolate can make their dreams come true in the hotel's in-house chocolate factory, where they can even order a chocolate grand piano. Located in the heart of the cultural capital of Eastern Europe, Belmond Grand Hotel Europe combines the charm and elegance of 19th century tsarist Russia with the contemporary comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel St Petersburg