I stayed at Hotel Astoria for 2 nights as part of a site visit on behalf of a client. This was one of 5 hotels which I reviewed in St Petersburg and from my perspective did stand out as the best. I was particularly impressed with the associated antiquity and charm of the hotel and, importantly, it’s location in St Issac’s Square and being within easy walking distance of many historical features of St. Petersburg.
I stayed in a recently renovated deluxe junior suite, a well-appointed room overlooking St Issac’s Cathedral. The mix of old and new furnishings and the sleek décor ooze luxury and grandeur that you would expect from the Rocco Forte five-star brand. The spacious bathroom featured a picture from a James Bond movie (perhaps Russia with Love) which was a nice touch.
I did benefit from complimentary internet access but have noted comments from past guests with regards to the extortionate costs and do think that the hotel needs to rethink this policy as free Wi-Fi is certainly expected by guests as a given and it would therefore be short-sighted of management to overlook this.
I did have a slight problem with the temperature in the room which was uncomfortably hot and adjusting the air conditioning unit didn’t have any effect. I did report this to reception but it wasn’t resolved and I therefore had to have the windows open for the duration of my stay, which wasn’t ideal.
You cannot fail to be impressed by the public areas – the Rotunda Lounge, where afternoon tea is served and the Lichfield Bar which pays homage to the British photographer Patrick Lichfield and the walls are adorned with his iconic prints.
I do look forward to returning to Hotel Astoria.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the essence of Russia in the comfort and elegance of Rocco Forte’s luxurious Hotel Astoria. Situated next to the magnificent St Isaac’s Cathedral in the heart of St Petersburg, Hotel Astoria has played host to many distinguished guests from past to present. 169 rooms and suites at Hotel Astoria are carefully furnished with comfort and tranquility in mind. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Astoria Hotel St Petersburg
- Astoria St Petersburg