The Best Five-Star in St. Petersburg


Belmond Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg: Experience the Splendor of the Era of the Tsars

Mary Elizabeth Collins


The best five-star property in St. Petersburg has welcomed illustrious personalities such as Tchaikovsky and Pavarotti, as well as members Russia’s Romanov imperial family since 1875.


There is no better place than the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe for a getaway in St. Petersburg, Russia. Founded over 140 years ago, the hotel is an emblem of luxury in a very sophisticated city. A Russian icon, the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe is located on St. Petersburg’s Nevsky Prospekt Avenue. Considered an architectural treasure for its impressive facade and finely decorated interiors, the hotel–situated close to Arts Square—has strong ties to the world of theater, music, and dance.

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Hotel Belmond, built at the the 19th century on the Nevsky Av.

The Belmond Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg is a magical place where you can revive a past steeped in history, luxury and comfort, worthy of the former Russian royal family.

A stay in this beautiful palace will make you feel Russia’s heartbeat and essence, especially during the white nights of winter when the streets fill with snow, and a warm welcome awaits you inside. The hotel features luxurious shops, spa, gym, a beauty salon, delightful restaurants and an enchanting bar devoted entirely to champagne and caviar. There is also a famous bakery serving the exquisite Belmond Grand Hotel Europe chocolates, prepared on site with a unique blend of rare cocoa beans.

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Luxury suites Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, Saint Petersburg.

The suites of this lavish hotel reveal a masterful combination of luxury, good taste, and history. Its sophisticated rooms have hosted celebrities like the writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the tenor Luciano Pavarotti and members of the imperial Romanov family, among other illustrious personalities. Its majestic Presidential Suite—the largest in the city—takes over an entire corner of the hotel. It features a dining room for eight guests, a gym, sauna, lounge bar, library, and a music room with a grand piano.

The Belmond Grand Hotel Europe boasts other very special rooms. One is dedicated to Carl Fabergé–the goldsmith of the Russian imperial family—now recognized as one of the greatest jewelers of all times. This suite is decorated in pink, lilac and gold tones that evoke the precious stones and metals Fabergè used in his creations. Also noteworthy is the Mariinsky suite, with its wonderfully theatrical and cosmopolitan atmosphere, decorated in the light blue shades that distinguish the interior of the famous Mariinsky theater.

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Romance, music, ballet, and fine dining at the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe.

When it comes to satisfying the finest gourmet tastes, the hotel’s fabulous restaurant—L’Europe—is a culinary gem of timeless elegance that serves haute cuisine in an exquisite setting. With its expressive art nouveau decor, L’Europe transports diners to an era of luxury, indulgence, and decadence. Beluga caviar, oysters and blinis, the best meats and the finest fish are some of the chef’s enticing dishes, which are pleasantly accompanied by live music. On Fridays, L’Europe celebrates a Tchaikovsky evening with an elegant ballet presentation. Saturdays are devoted to jazz and Sundays are reserved for a delicious jazz brunch.

The Belmond Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg is a magical place where you can revive a past steeped in history, luxury and comfort, worthy of the former Russian royal family.  ■


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