Hotel Astoria – St. Petersburg, Russia – 5 Star Luxury Hotel…Luxurytravelmagazin…
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Situated at the very heart of the city overlooking St. Isaac’s Cathedral and in walking distance of the Hermitage Museum.
In this city built by Peter the Great on the Neva river, during the month of June, the sun never sets and the city celebrates with its ’White Nights Festival’ — a host of music and dance concerts. Catch a performance by leading Russian and international artists at the Stars of the White Nights Festival (mid-May to mid-July) at the Mariinsky Ballet and Opera Theater; experience world-class art at The Hermitage and The Russian Museums; and take a day trip to the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo, the former palace of Catherine the Great that rivals Versailles.
Hotel Astoria, which first opened in 1912, is situated at the very heart of St. Petersburg overlooking the landmark St. Isaac’s Cathedral, within walking distance of the renowned Hermitage Museum. Located in a prime spot on St Isaac’s Square, Russia’s first luxury hotel was designed by the fashionable architect Fyodor Lidval in the new ‘style Moderne’, and was an instant hit with St Petersburg’s pre-revolutionary beau monde: everyone from artists to aristocrats flocked, and guests of the royal family were accommodated there for the celebrations.
Since then, the hotel has played its part in world-changing events: the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 (Rasputin came to stay and later Lenin lived at the hotel and gave one of his key speeches from the first floor terrace; two world wars; and the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Guests to the hotel include George and Laura Bush, Jacques Chirac, Vladimir Putin, Alain Delon, Madonna,
Elton John, Gina Lollobrigida,
Jack Nicholson, Luciano Pavarotti,
Marcello Mastroiani and Prince Charles.
Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.
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St. Petersburg-Pulkovo International Airport (LED)