Very cool ( as with all W hotels) and possibly a bit flash for one of my business meetings but the staff and the location are the making of this W. The rooms look like a window display from a trendy Danish furniture shop
Despite previous visits I forgot W rooms have super soft beds, often have showers instead of baths and my view of the back was a wall but I was on business and sadly on my own. W's are made for romance. For the price ( big discount found online) I was very happy. They gave me free wifi in the room as a welcome gift for SPG Gold membership but there's free wifi in the lobby cafe and top bar. They also dont have free water in the rooms anymore and charge 600RUB to use the pool. As you cannot drink the water I did feel that this deserved a complaint but ended up paying 800RUB for two bottles in my room.
The "miX" ( sic) Restaurant in the hotel is one of Alain Ducasse's feted openings and is very highly rated with high prices to match - think £100 a head. I didnt go as I was on a recession busting business expenses budget but found some great local Russian places to eat and used the excellent room service as I hadnt slept that well on the train from Moscow. How often do you see a perfect hand picked out rocket salad, pert, beautifully dressed and seasoned next to a room service toasted ham and cheese sandwich? Not often.
A few pointers; there are some fabulous local places that serve much better breakfasts for 25% of the price here ( Cafe Zoom especially), theres free coffee 6 am to 10 am that you can take away at the ground floor bar and the famous miX restauarant does a good value fast 6 mini course lunch
All in all the perfect base to explore St P as the best thing about this hotel is that you dont have to run the gauntlet of using the 99% dodgy taxis, it is so central you can walk in seconds/ minutes to all the top spots and museums. Its so close that some rooms have great views of them if this is important to you
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A modern wonder romanced by Saint Petersburg's elegant traditions, where nostalgia meets cutting edge cool in Russia's historical capital of glamour, fashion, and music. Conceptualized by award-winning designers Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners, W St. Petersburg is located in the heart of the city next to St. Isaac's Cathedral, a stones throw from the lavish Winter Palace with the famed Hermitage Museum and a short stroll from the spectacular Neva River. Indulge in our Living Room, tune into the DJ beats on our panoramic terrace, check out our panoramic meeting space WOUNGE and unwind at bliss spa and WET swimming pool. ... more less
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