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Russia (4)

Hotel Astoria

St. Petersburg

Built between 1911 and 1912, the Hotel Astoria was originally designed by renowned St. Petersburg architect Fyodor Lidval. A city landmark since 1912, Hotel Astoria has hosted many eminent guests, including dancer Isadora Duncan, writer Mikhail Bulgakov and poet Sergei Yesenin. More recently, it featured in the 1995 James Bond film, GoldenEye.

Hotel Astoria is situated in the heart of the Admiralteysky district, in an ideal location to explore many of St. Petersburg’s most famous sites and attractions. The hotel rests in the shadow of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, while Lion Bridge and Bronze Peter the Great statue are just a stone’s throw away. Immerse yourself in history at Palace Square, in culture and shopping at Nevsky Prospect, or in art at The Hermitage – all located within a short walk away.

Each of its 83 rooms in St. Petersburg complements the beauty and heritage of the city. Individually designed by Olga Polizzi. Its 86 large St. Petersburg Suites combine the old and new to create truly elegant surroundings, classic features with contemporary design.


Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

A famed city landmark for 140 years, Belmond Grand Hotel Europe has provided memories for millions of guests in a tradition of luxury and elegance. Belmond Grand Hotel Europe has always been rooted in the cultural landscape of St. Petersburg. With influential guests such as Tchaikovsky and Pavarotti, its association with music, dance and literature has always remained strong.

Italian architect, Carlo Rossi used an impressive Neo-Baroque façade to combine neighbouring properties dating back to the 1820s to create one magnificent building for the Evropeyskaya Hotel Company. This opened as Hotel de l’Europe in 1875. The beautiful Art Nouveau designs still enjoyed today were introduced by Swedish-Russian architect, Fyodor Lidval at the turn of the century. The building is now classified as a historical monument.

Situated on the famous Nevsky Prospekt, there is no better place from which to explore the “Venice of the North” than Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg.

Positioned adjacent to Arts Square, it is one of the most glamorous hotels in St. Petersburg, Russia. A stay here shows you the true spirit of the country, especially during the White Days of winter, when snow lies outside and a warm welcome awaits within.


Ritz Carlton Moscow

A celebration of Russian culture awaits at The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, where traditional bread and salt are offered upon arrival, and the gilded interior captures the beauty of 19th-century Classicism. Moments from the Red Square, the hotel is perfectly situated and luxuriously outfitted with three restaurants, a rooftop lounge, a spa, meeting space and some of the largest accommodations in the city.

At The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, décor reflects the decadence of 19th-century Imperialist Russia while 5-star amenities address the desires of travelers today. Set in the heart of the business and cultural district, the hotel greets visitors with a grand interior of gold accents and polished wood and a traditional friendship ceremony of bread and salt.

Once comfortably settled, guests can explore all that the hotel has to offer including 334 guest rooms and suites - the largest in Moscow, the rooftop O2 Lounge overlooking the Kremlin and Red Square, the beautifully designed The Ritz-Carlton Spa, 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor heated swimming pool, crystal steam room and other wellness facilities.




The Russia you hear about in the news is very different from the Russia you’ll see in person. It’s a vast and varied country — the world’s largest — spanning nine time zones from the Volga River’s birch forests and the grassy steppes to the serene countryside of Lake Baikal and Dachas along the Black Sea. Russia dazzles with its turbulent history and fascinating culture, full of amazing food and passionate conversations, of bold art and political intrigue, often fueled by a few homemade vodkas. Cosmopolitan restaurants and luxury hotels have created a buzzing post-communist nightlife and culinary scene, and performances at world-renowned venues such as the Russian National Ballet Theater are highlights of any trip. Alternatively, tread in the footsteps of literary greats, including Tolstoy and Pushkin, or climb an active volcano in Kamchatka.

One of the best ways to see the country is by train on the Trans-Siberian railway from Moscow or St. Petersburg across Mongolia to Beijing, China or Vladivostock in eastern Russia. Most people start with the capital cities, touring the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square then going on to the majesty of Czarist Russia at Alexander Column and the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. Golden-domed cathedrals can be found in the outlying “Golden Ring” cities such as Rostov Veliki, while beaches and ski slopes are a quick flight away. The magnitude of this country is astounding… Na Zdorovie!