My Review of Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg:

Are you wondering where to stay in St Petersburg?  It is so difficult when you don’t know a city, or the best areas in a city in which to be to be located, or have any clue about the hotels!  I know this because I faced the same dilemma.  I chose Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg because it is an excellent hotel and also it is located right on Nevsky Prospect.

Nevsky Prospect is the main street in St Petersburg and could not be a more perfect location!  A lot of the places you will want to explore are within walking distance including the main shopping area, the best stores, Faberge Museum, canals and famous churches.  The  Neva River is at the beginning of Nevsky Prospect alongside the Hermitage Museum.  The Metro is also close by. The Hotel is situated in the middle of Nevsky Prospect. Perfect!

PHOTO: Corinthia Hotel Entrance

Another reason I chose this hotel is because it is a Corinthia Hotel, a company which has such a great reputation.  The Hotel Group is still relatively small and family owned and this makes such a difference.  You cannot go wrong with this hotel, I was so happy with my choice and it definitely has the LuxuryTravelDiva seal of approval.  Regular readers know how fussy I am!  This is one of the cleanest hotels imaginable, the attention to detail cannot be faulted in any way.  It is a beautiful, comfortable hotel with lovely staff.

The Lobby:

First of all, arrive and enter the stunning lobby and check in at Reception located on the right hand side.

PHOTO: The Lobby with perfect floral displays

Enjoy the absolutely stunning Lobby area with a magnificent staircase.

PHOTO:  Lobby with great artworks

The Lobby is very impressive with its high ceilings, comfortable seating and  perfectly placed bar right in the middle! Then you will be whisked up to your fantastic hotel room.

HOTEL SUITES AND ROOMS:

There is a good choice of hotel Suites and rooms to choose from here.  Take a look at the hotel website for all the information.

Junior Hotel Suite:

PHOTO: Junior  Suite at Corinthia St Petersburg

I was lucky enough to stay in a lovely Junior Suite with its own outside terrace.  Although it was too cold in early March to sit outside.  The bed was a Super King size and really comfortable.  I like the Pillow menu very much!  You will feel so comfortable in these super stylish hotel rooms which so beautifully decorated.

PHOTO: Welcome Treats

Great little touches such as the Nespresso machine, tea and coffee are always welcome in a hotel room as are welcome gifts, the Macarons and cake made me feel very special and welcome.

PHOTO: Nespresso Machine, tea and coffee

The room was so restful, the perfect calm retreat after a busy day exploring the city of St Petersburg.  There was a nice working area with a desk and plenty of electric plugs and large wardrobe space with plenty of hangers.  A particular bugbear of mine!

PHOTO: Work area in the Junior Suite

There is a really good 24 hour Room Service menu.  I tried a Prawn Caesar Salad which was delicious!

PHOTO: Room Service

Bathroom in the Junior Suite:

Who doesn’t love a fabulous bathroom? Especially with a large bath and a built in TV to watch!  Also complete with a large shower, great lighting and sumptuous Espa products.

PHOTO: Bathroom in the Junior Suite with built in TV

PHOTO: Luxurious Bathroom in the Junior Suite

The Royal Suite:

Then I took a peak at the Royal Suite, which would be amazing if money is no object!  You would be joining some very famous faces who have slept in the Royal Suite, I will be discrete and not name names!  It is absolutely splendid.

PHOTO: The Royal Suite

Have you noticed the lovely light fittings and lamps?  Every light fitting in Corinthia Hotels is unique and made especially for the hotel, they are very beautiful and another example of attention to detail.

PHOTO: The Royal Suite

If you feel like splashing the cash, I really recommend this gorgeous suite with 2 bedrooms, dining room and super luxe sitting room.

PHOTO: Royal Suite, you will never want to leave!

The Executive Lounge:

PHOTO: Executive Lounge.   This Photo is by Masha Vetchinkina

The Executive lounge was a quiet haven to relax and enjoy a glass of wine or light meal or snack through out the day.  It was a nice place to enjoy breakfast away from the busy Breakfast in the Dining Room.  I travelled alone and particularly enjoyed the peaceful lounge as I was by myself.  The staff are so wonderful too.

PHOTO: Executive Lounge at Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg

HOTEL LOBBY AND NEVSKY BAR:

There is a cosy bar located right in the lobby so you can enjoy a drink while relaxing and watching the world go by.

PHOTO: Bar located in the Lobby

I can recommend the Russian Champagne (a new experience for me) and the local beer. But all sorts of  delicious treats await!

RESTAURANTS:

Imperial Restaurant is located on the first floor.  Have your breakfast here and delicious lunches and dinners, enjoy Mediterranean dishes.

PHOTO: Imperial Restaurant

Imperial restaurant enjoys magnificent views of Nevsky Prospect.  Watch the world go by as you eat a delicious meal.

PHOTO: Breakfast at Imperial Restaurant

Delicious Omelette for breakfast together with a glass of Champagne which is a very nice treat at breakfast time. The breakfast selection is huge.   I’m missing all the Champagne since I arrived home!

PHOTO: Vienna Cafe

A celebrated Tea and Coffee house which has an amazing selection of cakes and pastries.  I noticed that St Petersburg is full of delicious Patisseries actually!  Lunch and dinner are also served here.  I enjoyed a delicious Caesar Salad here.

FITNESS CENTRE:

Keep fit while you travel in the well equipped Fitness Centre.

 

PHOTO: Gym

Work off your lunch in the Fitness Centre which enjoys stupendous views over the rooftops of St Petersburg.  The gym is small but well equipped, I enjoyed using it every day and a took a Sauna up in the Fitness Centre too.  I particularly like the fact that men and women both have their own Sauna in the changing rooms.  Everything was absolutely spotless as it is throughout the hotel.  Credit must go to all the Housekeeping staff.

BUSINESS MEETINGS AND FUNCTIONS:

The Corinthia Hotel is in popular demand amongst the Russian and International business community.  There is a Business Centre located on the First Floor ready to help with all business needs.  Conference Rooms and Function Rooms are first class.

The hotel has the largest ballroom in St Petersburg and holds some wonderful functions throughout the year.

PHOTO: Function and Ballroom details

The tiniest details are just perfect, look at the gorgeous pompom curtain ties and magnificent Chandeliers.

PHOTO: Ballroom at Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg

THE STAFF:

A hotel, no matter how fabulous, is as nothing without good staff.  Everyone at Corinthia Hotel is super professional, helpful, welcoming and very kind.  I found them all to be delightful.  I was particularly impressed with the Lady concierges who went above and beyond to make my stay special.  However, everyone from the luggage handlers upwards could not be faulted.  Thank you all for making my stay so enjoyable and I look forward to a return visit.

Helpful information:

Corinthia Hotel, Nevsky Prospect 57, St Petersburg

Tel: +7 812 3802001  E.mail: reservationsstpetersburg@corinthia.com

There is 50% off bookings at the moment  so check the hotel website http://www.corinthia.com or click on the Booking.com link on the right hand side of this page.

The Hotel has secure parking, Free WIFI and late check out

 

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View of Neva River St Petersburg

My 5 favourite places to visit in St Petersburg.

I knew so little about St Petersburg before my visit.  The city was such a surprise and delight, stunningly beautiful, with so much to see and do that I need to make a return trip! The city is clean and safe.

Travelling Alone to St Petersburg:

I traveled alone and pottered around all over the place quite happily on my own.  You will see so much more travelling independently, free to explore the city and meet Russian people.  I would say to my fellow solo travellers, do not hesitate to go to Russia alone.  I felt perfectly safe at all times, did not receive any unwanted attention and really enjoyed the experience.

I do not speak any Russian at all and coped perfectly with sign language!  However, if I visit again I will make sure to equip myself with a translation app on my mobile phone.  If you need to ask questions/directions  it is best to ask a younger person, they are more likely to speak english.

The cars are driven by polite drivers, driving seems to be very straightforward and I would happily drive on another trip.  the people of the city are so polite, friendly and helpful.  I am sure you will find it as enchanting as I did.

Pinterest:

Here are my 5 favourite places to visit in St Petersburg.

Top of my list to visit was The Hermitage Museum and it was a very special day.

THE WINTER PALACE

The Winter Palace, St Petersburg

The Hermitage Museum, otherwise known as The Winter Palace is at the top of every wish list for a visit to St Petersburg and with good reason because it is stupendous.  I spent an entire day exploring the museum and will definitely return to see more of the exhibits that I missed first time round.

The Winter Palace

The Palace was built in 1754 by the architect Ristrelli on the order of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna. She wanted to construct a palace that eclipsed all other european Palaces.  It is vast, beautiful and such a fascinating museum now.  I am going to write a complete blog dedicated to this amazing museum, so take a look at that if you would like more information.

The Winter Palace

Then take a short walk from the palace and you will find The Church of the Spilt Blood.  I used my google map app on my iPhone to help navigate around the city.

THE CHURCH OF THE SPILT BLOOD

Church of the Saviour on Spilt Blood

This is such a beautiful church. Built on the site where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in 1881.  Beautifully restored and reopened in 1997 it is now a museum of Mosaics.  Spectacular and beautiful a must visit.

Interior of The Church of the Spilt Blood

Church of the Spilt Blood

Then take a walk a couple of blocks to Nevsky Prospect. See the beautiful Singer building.  Go inside and take look at the fantastic selection of books about St Petersburg in so many languages.  Upstairs is a charming cafe.  The serve delicious soups ands cakes.

NEVSKY PROSPECT:

This is the main street running from Neva River and is nearly 5 miles long.  You will enjoy taking a stroll along this special street. Here you will find great shops and charming little arcades.

Nevsky Prospect Shopping 

A fantastic department store stocked full of International designers.

DLT Department Store

Find some well known high Street stores here too, although it is kind of weird to see Lush and Zara.  One of my favourite places on Nevsky Propsect is The Singer Cafe.

Go inside and take look at the fantastic selection of books about St Petersburg in so many languages. Upstairs is a charming cafe with a lovely view of Kazan Cathedral. They serve delicious soups ands cakes.

Statue on the bridge 

FABERGE MUSEUM

Fontana Canal photo

Also make sure to visit the Faberge museum.   take a left by the Fontanka Canal and you will find the Faberge Museum on the Fontanka River Embankment  This is a treasure trove of wonderful Faberge eggs and other objets d’art housed in the beautiful Shuvalov Palace.  The museum is privately owned, founded by the Link of Times foundation to repatriate lost cultural treasures to Russia.

Faberge Museum

The worlds largest collection of Faberge is housed here.

Faberge Museum

Finally end your day with a trip to the Mariinsky Theatre.

MARIINSKY THEATRE

Opened in 1860, it is famous throughout the world for ballet, opera and music.  I enjoyed a wonderful evening here.  However, remember to book your tickets well in advance because it does get booked up.

Mariinsky Theatre

I enjoyed a wonderful Piano and violin recital and look forward to returning next time for a ballet performance.

USEFUL INFORMATION:

I stayed at: Corinthia Hotel, Nevsky Prospect.  An excellent 5 star hotel perfectly located and absolutely top class.  Read my review to find out more, click on the HOME link at the top of this page http://www.corinthia.com

The really super helpful Saint Petersburg Tourist Information Bureau 

Hermitage museum: http://www.hermitagemuseum.org

Contact me if you want any more information or advice about a trip.

 

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