Terrace rooms overlook the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood.

SITUATED IN THE CENTRE OF ST. PETERSBURG, THE ICONIC BELMOND GRAND HOTEL EUROPE IS A SHORT WALK FROM THE CITY’S MOST FAMOUS SIGHTS. THE HOTEL’S HISTORICAL HERITAGE, MODERN COMFORT OF ROOMS, AND EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE MAKES IT A PERFECT PLACE TO STAY WHILE VISITING THE CITY.

Grand Hotel Europe was designed in conjunction with Italian architect Rossi, and opened in 1875. It is famous not only for being the first Russian five-star hotel, but also for hosting members of royal dynasties and famous people, such as the famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Bernard Shaw. This distinguished hotel constantly honours the traditions of the past, making it the destination of choice for luxury travellers.

The signature “Egg in Egg” dish has been served in the «Caviar Bar» for 20 years.

For those seeking privacy and comfort, the hotel offers 10 magnificent luxury apartments that overlook the Arts Square. It was a true challenge for Michele Jouannet, a French designer, to restore each room to its former glory. But the results speak for themselves.

The apartments reflect the distinctive historic character of the building, and each room, given its own unique name, features elements of a certain historical era. Materials used in decoration vary from Italian marble to Karelian birch. Every detail is infused with the essence of elegance and comfort. Guests not only feel welcomed, but also develop a holistic appreciation of the connection between their suite’s name, decor and grand epochs of the city’s history.

Caviar masterclasses are conducted weekly.

At the “top” of the historic wing of Belmond Grand Hotel Europe is a 350 sq.m Presidential suite that overlooks Nevsky Prospect. The largest and most spacious suite boasts the sparkling luxury of Chinoiserie decorative elements, a music room featuring an antique Carl Schroder grand piano, a private study, library, fitness center, sauna and a separate room for staff. These elements are seamlessly melded together, making the Presidential suite a highly desirable option for the most discerning of clients.

Tchaikovsky Nights with ballet performances take place every Friday.

In 2014, the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe surprised its guests by moving away from the Art Nouveau heritage for the first time in its 140-year history, redecorating an entire wing in the Russian avant-garde style. Under the supervision of Adam Tihany, 19 rooms of the Historic floor were turned into six luxury suites equipped with a smart home intelligent control system. Each of the avant-garde suites is one of a kind: The Malevich suite features angular shapes and straight lines. The Archipenko suite distinguishes itself through warm tones and rounded lines. The largest of the Grand Hotel Europe avant-garde suites (170 sq.m), named after Wassily Kandinsky, amazes with its range of colours and interaction between lines and shapes.

Historic Krysha ballroom is perfect for gala dinner dances.

It goes without saying that the hotel’s culinary symphony has always been just as delightful as everything else. If restaurants, cafes and bars can be compared to a great orchestra, then Europa restaurant is its star soloist. It can be compared to the exclusive grand piano Steinway & Sons, and is impeccable in both style and quality. Everywhere you look, you see genuine artworks, which lends a certain prestige to the restaurant. It is not just a place to quell hunger, but to satisfy the soul, feel the music of notes, interiors and cuisine…

The Kandinsky suite is the most spacious of all the avant-garde suites.

Named after one of Russia’s most famous products, the “Caviar Bar” stands out among other restaurants with its splendid interiors, where one can have a royal meal with iced vodka and pancakes with caviar. The wine menu includes 50 kinds of vodka, but what makes this bar truly different is its signature dish “Egg in Egg” – truffle-infused scrambled egg, topped with sturgeon caviar enclosed in a shell, and served with a shot glass elegantly filled with sea salt.

The goldendomed music room of the Presidential suite.

Can you feel your mouth watering? It’s no wonder that those who have tried this delicacy ask to have it served in an ostrich egg.

After extensive renovation, the Bel-mond Grand Hotel Europe opened its iconic Krysha ballroom. It was first designed by Fyodor Lidval in 1909 and renovated by Robert Angell Design International, the London-based design studio, with a great regard to the historical legacy of the hotel. As if soaring over St. Petersburg, the Ballroom remains a site of pilgrimage for high society.

The historic Romanov suite features antique furniture from the hotel’s collection.

For those seeking privacy and comfort, the hotel offers 10 magnificent luxury apartments that overlook the Arts Square. It was a true challenge for Michele Jouannet, a French designer, to restore each room to its former glory. But the results speak for themselves.

 

TEXT: VLADIMIR SERGACHEV

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