A ballet or opera performance at the 19th-century Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg is one of life’s great experiences. Dress to the nines, drink Champagne, and blend in with others elated to relive a bygone era of passion, music and style. Continue in the same spirit by staying, not at a mere hotel but in one of the city’s historic monuments—the fabulous Belmond Grand Hotel Europe.
This embodiment of grand Russian style is all about old-school grandeur and refined elegance—a beautifully restored reincarnation of the Europeiskaya, opened in 1875, and thus St Petersburg’s oldest hotel. Now—to the delight of guests following in the footsteps of Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Debussy, Prokofiev, Pavarotti, Anna Pavlova and HM The Queen, to name but few—this cultural and culinary landmark epitomises five-star service and white-gloved sophistication.
Just barely off the bustling Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg’s Champs Elysées, and minutes from the Heritage Museum and Winter Palace, the Europe could not be more central, both in location and spirit. It has character in plenty, as might be expected, and oozes history in every detail. Once a gleaming symbol of the City of the Czars’ prosperous days as Russia’s capital from 1712 until 1918, once again it is the pulse of a reawakened city: the elegant Caviar Bar is the rendezvous of choice for contemporary Russians and their guests—to enjoy caviar here is to know what caviar is all about—and the prestigious Restaurant Europe offers the highest level of luxury and fine dining. This haute cuisine comes with a selection of the finest wines, served among the Europe’s exquisite Art Nouveau décor, crowned by a stained glass mural of Apollo.
The salons and each of the 275 rooms and suites is crafted in a way that is exceptional, even among five-star hotels. There are entrance halls in which to formally receive one’s guests, furnishings are antique, bathroom floors heated marble—and while the Superior rooms are spacious and well-appointed, suites scale the heights—the Avant-Garde and the Historic Suites, the latter named for great Russian writers and composers such as Stravinsky and Dostoevsky, are among the most lavish anywhere, and the glorious Pavarotti Suite, named after the great Italian tenor stayed there in 2004, contains an antique grand piano in the living room.
The arts figure high in the Europe’s daily life. Live music performances are part of the scene, and for Members wishing to enjoy a performance at the Mariinsky Theatre, this can easily be arranged—even exclusive use of the Tsar’s Box.
Our Members receive exceptional rates and VIP treatment at this historic landmark hotel. Rooms from £160 per night for two sharing, plus tax (exact rates depend on day of week and season).
To check current Club rates and availability for your dates, and to check the forthcoming programme at the Mariinsky Theatre (former Kirov Ballet) please call Member Services on 020 7399 2960 or follow the link below.
Belmond Grand Hotel Europe
Mikhailovskaya Ulitsa 1/7
191186 St Petersburg