As a "gen Xer", my recollections of Russia consisted of cold images of cold people with the threat of global annihilation. Wargames with Matthew Broderick, anyone? So it wasn't any wonder why Russia was never really at the top of my list to visit. When my partner suggested Saint Petersburg, a simple "okay" sufficed my curiosity.
Enter Domina Prestige where I sent an email to them asking about visa requirements. I received information seamlessly from Anna, Irina, Xenia, and others over the course of a few days whenever I had a question. This, I thought, could not be as I expected a curt "Nyet, no English".
I took the advice online of hiring a driver through the hotel to pick me up at the airport. Although it cost a bit more than a taxi, it was reassuring to see someone with my name when I arrived given I did not speak a word of Russian. Comfort yourself and book the driver when you arrive.Take the taxi when you depart.
The hotel- excellent location. The staff- engaging and knowledgeable. Victor was friendly and talked about U.S. basketball. The concierges- worth their weight in gold as they knew what would save us time, what restaurants to go to, and exuded patience for two non-speaking ex-pats. Housekeeping- two waltzed in early evening to turn the beds down and left before we knew what happened. Well-done!
And the breakfast would make any American blush- blintzes, silver-dollar pancakes, chocolate gateauxs, pineapple, honeydew, sausage, bacon, black pudding, grilled vegetables, eggs scrambled, hard boiled, or sunny side up, waffles with jams and honey, cold cuts and brie with croissants.
On the final night we dined in their restaurant. De-lish!
Life is too short and go where they want you. Stay at the Domina Prestige.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Domina St. Petersburg is the first property of Domina Hotels & Resorts in Russia. This 108 room Lifestyle Hotel belongs to the Domina Prestige collection of 5 star hotels and is designed for comfort and unforgettable impressions while visiting one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We have created a concept of living based on the fundamentals of excellent service and sincere hospitality combined with our own unique style and contemporary design. This ever evolving lifestyle concept is about what is important in life. Lifestyle is for us a term to describe the way a person lives and how we want to live. It is also a set of behaviors, values and senses of self and belonging which these behaviors represent, collectively they define our lifestyle. We call this the 5D Lifestyle Concept. ... more less
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