Where to stay in Moscow? As soon as I spotted the words ‘St Regis Hotel”, I knew exactly where I wanted to stay!  A quick look at the location and it was an easy decision.  The St Regis brand immediately conjures up an image of luxury, chic design and impeccable service.

I have stayed in St Regis hotels before and they never disappoint.  The St Regis Nikolskaya Hotel is set on Nikolskaya Street a few minutes walk from Red Square in the heart of Moscow City Centre. It is a joy to walk on this pedestrianised street, chic full of the most fabulous shops.

PHOTO: Lobby at St. Regis Hotel Nikolskaya, Moscow

Great restaurants and bars are within a few minutes walk, in every direction!  Although the hotel itself has a lovely bar, enjoy drinks in the Lobby or on the Mezzanine level above.

PHOTO: Drinks at St Regis Nikolskaya Hotel

Russian Vodka and Vodka cocktails proved to be irresistible especially combined with some Russian delicacies. The Orlov Lobby bar and Lounge serve coffee and tea, pastries and a light a la carte menu.

I wanted to visit Moscow in winter, envisioning snow lined streets and sleigh rides! It was actually quite mild and not much snow to be seen.  Nevertheless, it was quite cold and it was a pleasure to come back to the warm and snug St Regis Hotel and enjoy a delicious glass of Vodka!  Or, call up the Butler service for complimentary Tea or Coffee to be served in our room.

PHOTO: Enjoying a Cup of Tea in Room 413

We stayed in Room 413, a lovely room with super comfy bed, a Diva essential as regular readers will know!  The most important thing for me is a comfortable bed and beautiful bed linen.  I Love having my suitcases unpacked by the Butler service too, they are available 24 hours a day to help out.

PHOTO: My Beautiful Room at St Regis Nikolskaya Hotel, Moscow

The bathroom was luxurious too with a bath and shower with lots of lovely products.  Also, a particular Diva favourite, huge wardrobes with plenty of coat hangers, Yay!

Enjoy Breakfast served in the Osteria A Tavola.  A delicious buffet with lots of traditional breakfast dishes.  You could even choose Prosecco and Caviar if you wish!

PHOTO: Breakfast at St Regis Nikolskaya Hotel

You can enjoy lunch and dinner in the restaurant too! Or, if you are a meat lover (I don’t eat meat) try Ruby Net Restaurant which serves exclusively meat.

How about spending relaxing time in a beautiful Pool and Spa complete with Sauna and Hamman. Then indulge in a great selection of beauty treatments.

PHOTO: Swimming Pool and Spa at St Regis Nikolskaya, Moscow

Make sure you order a hotel limousine to collect you from the airport.  We made the mistake of taking a taxi, which was very uncomfortable, the driver got hopelessly lost and it cost more that a Limousine!  Don’t make that mistake and book in advance via the concierge.  On the return journey, we booked the hotel limousine which was just lovely!

PHOTO: Snow outside St Regis Hotel with Limousines in the background

I recommend a stay here, great location in the heart of Moscow, lovely hotel, helpful staff, comfortable rooms and wonderful Spa!  Enjoy and tell me al about your visit.

St Regis Nikolskaya Hotel Review – Visit Moscow


St Regis Nikolskaya Hotel

Nikolskaya Street 12, Moscow, 109012, Russian Federation

Tel. +7 495 967 7776


View of Neva River St Petersburg

My 5 favourite places to visit in St Petersburg Russia.

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 travelled alone and pottered around all over the place quite happily.  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.


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. TOP TIP: Buy your ticket online before you go to save time.


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.


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.


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.

PHOTO: Cafe Singer

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. his Cafe is a hangout for locals, I didn’t see other tourists there so I am sure you will enjoy it!

Statue on the bridge 


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.


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.


I walked mostly, so wear comfy shoes.  Also wear layers.  If you travel in winter or early spring the buildings are heated to a very high temperature (rather endearingly the Russian people worried about me catching cold all the time!)

If walking isn’t your thing, taxis are really cheap and there is always the famous tube.  The hotel also organised a car for me to get to and from the airport and for a day exploring Saint Petersburg.


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

Getting a Visa: This can seem a little bit complicated, but as long as you are organised (not my speciality as I am hopelessly disorganised!) it is fine.  Just remember you need to book your hotels before you apply for the visa and ask for an official invitation from the hotels.

I filled in my Visa application online and then went to the Visa Centre with my form, passport and official invitation.  I collected the Visa a week later.

Prices:  I found Saint Petersburg to be very affordable and the hotels are cheaper than in other cities around the world too.

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











 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.


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


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!


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.


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



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.


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


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