We arrived late at night and suddenly a pianist came down from nowhere and started to play the piano in the lobby despite the late hour and absence of other guests.
We were taken by a reception guy to our room where he offered to show us our room... and failed miserably trying to find a safe and master switch for electric lights clumsy opening all wardrobe doors and turning on and off all switches in the room.
The system of hotel's hallways and passes seemed to be a maze so getting to some particular place at the hotel was a challenge at the first day.
We stayed at the 2-room suite on the 4th floor overlooking the Atrium so there were no street view. We never knew whether it was raining or sunny ouside. The room was very dull, in purple colors decorated with heavy dense curtains. It made us feel like staying in a medieval castle.
The breakfast cost 45 Euro (equivalent in rubles), but it was below expectations. The bread served was not newly baked, croissants were cold and not tasty, salmon looked sad.
The SPA was good in general, but saunas were cold, around 45 degrees.
There were no Hermes bathroom kits as it was announced on booking.com, maybe the hotel had already changed its supplier for that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Taleon Imperial Hotel is the only modern luxury hotel in St. Petersburg, a member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World and Virtuoso associations. This former czarist-era palace, built in XVIII century, is located in the heart of the city, only 5 minutes walk from the Hermitage. The hotel offers 89 individually designed and decorated rooms and suites, 3 restaurants, exclusive SPA on the rooftop with a large swimming pool and a variety of treatments. ... more less
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