The luxurious interiors of The State Hermitage Official Hotel will take you straight back to the bygone era of an old-fashioned romance and regal opulence, very fittingly for one of the most poetic cities in the world. This 19th-century mansion was turned into a 5-star hotel, but it didn't lose its effortless elegance and charm. Lavishly decorated suites with velour curtains, patterned wallpapers, and crystal chandeliers could successfully rival any of St. Petersburg's historic palaces.
Appropriately for the journey-in-time theme, the hotel houses a much-admired restaurant Catherine the Great, which treats the guests to Russian gourmet dishes inspired by the original menus served to the Tsars. But, of course, an indulgent Russian holiday would not be complete without a visit to a sauna. The Mon Plaisir spa offers Finnish and Turkish saunas, a jacuzzi, and various beauty treatments in the stunning mosaic interiors.
The State Hermitage Hotel is located in a central yet quiet area. A short walking distance from the picturesque Fontanka River, five minutes from the bustling Rubinstein street filled with bars and restaurants, and under fifteen minutes from Nevsky Prospect, the city's main artery. It is worth noting that despite its name, the hotel is located 3km away from the Hermitage Museum. However, you can enjoy a free shuttle to the famous museum as well as an option to buy the entrance tickets at the hotel lobby – a real saving grace in summer, when the queues at the Hermitage box office are notoriously long.