The Astoria, built in 1912 after the project of Russian architect Lidvall, is one of the most known and prominent hotels of St. Petersburg which combines traditional character with the sophistication of an international luxury hotel. During its long years of service many prominent and outstanding people stayed here. Ideally located in the very heart of St. Petersburg, next to the St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Mariinsky Palace it is in a walking distance to the world famous Hermitage museum, close to the main attractions and shopping area. As a part of the Rocco Forte Hotels and a member of the Leading Hotels of the World the Astoria finished comprehensive refurbishment program in 2002. Astoria gym features the latest machines for exercising and unique Clarins spa-center with beauty salon and treatment rooms. Fully equipped business-centre renders a wide range of business services.
The newly refurbished Astoria has 223 rooms designed in a graceful blend of Russian antiques and contemporary pieces. All rooms have wooden parquet flooring, Russian linen and fabrics, new comfortable furniture, built-in wardrobes, an armchair and cocktail table by the window, writing desk with computer and modem sockets. White marble bathrooms are supplied with luxurious Italian toiletries, fluffy robes, towels and slippers. Most of the bathrooms are three-piece.
CLASSIC rooms (61) face the quiet inner court and feature single or double bed.
DELUXE rooms (54) overlook Bolshaya Morskaya Street and are mostly twin-bedded.
SUPERIOR DELUXE rooms (61) have views of St. Isaac's Cathedral and are equipped with double or twin beds. These are most popular rooms.
STUDIO rooms (18) facing the inner yard of the hotel are much larger and have a defined sitting area with a sofa, armchair and large coffee table.
JUNIOR suites (12) have one spacious room with a separate seating area with sofa and armchairs. All junior suites have king-size beds and walk-in wardrobes and face inwards over the patio. The bed can be converted in two singles if required.
DELUXE suites (12) are two-room apartments divided by a double door. The lounge is furnished with a sofa, armchairs, glass table, armoire with TV set and writing desk providing a comfortable, homely atmosphere. Bedrooms are furnished with king-size bed, armchair, TV set and large, well organized walk-in wardrobe. The suites are decorated with original paintings and antiques. Deluxe suites overlook St. Isaac's Square or statue of Nicholas I and the Mariinsky Palace.
Five PRESIDENTIAL SUITES are named after famous Russian composers - Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Rakhmaninov, Shostakovitch and Stravinsky. They have been individually decorated and feature paintings, sculptures, ceramics, furniture, chandeliers and lighting from the Astoria's original collection. These magnificent suites are located on the main corner of the building and therefore look out to the statue of Nicholas I and the Mariinsky Palace, St. Isaac's Square and the Cathedral.
On entering the suite the spacious entrance hall offers a wardrobe for coats, full size antique dressing mirror, antique table for placing shopping or notes and entrance to a guest washroom and toilet.
The first room you enter is the dining room and library, the dining table can comfortably seat six persons.
To the left is a guest bedroom with a king-size bed. This bed can be converted to two singles if required. The guest bedroom is completely self contained and has its own bathroom and toilet. To the right of the dining room you enter the lounge and office area. The writing desk has computer and modem sockets within easy access. There is a large settee and armchairs in which to relax and listen to the music of the composer that the suite is named after on the personal CD player. Other composer's music is also available on the bookshelves. Continuing through the lounge you enter the Master bedroom with its feature bed, from the spacious bedroom you continue through to a vanity area with desk and mirror and a walk-in closet. Large master bathroom is decorated with white marble and feature large bath and walk-in shower. All bathrooms are three-piece.
DINING / CONFERENCE FACILITIES:
New Russian restaurant Davydov bears the name of the historic person - Denis Davydov - a noble man, hussar officer who made himself famous during the Patriotic War of 1812 frightfully brave horse attacks on the Napoleon army regiments. His name has become a symbol of Russian national character- brave, open and hearty. The restaurant's unique point and pride is magnificent vodka and caviar bar which is also a part of Russian national character. Delicious Russian Table buffet is served from Friday to Sunday with a large variety of tasteful Russian appetizers, traditional pelmeni (dumplings), Borsch beetroot soup, famous Beef Stroganoff or Chicken Kiev and, of course, chilled vodka! Along with genuine Russian specialties the restaurant serves international cuisine. Live romantic Russian music in the evenings. Capacity 88 guests.
WINTER GARDEN BANQUET HALL
A spacious hall with a beautiful glass ceiling has an elegant turn-of-the-century design of an old restaurant with a very special charm. It was in the Winter Garden where Hitler planned to throw a party to celebrate the capture of the city during World War II. It never happened. A famous restaurant in the past, once a favorite place of St. Petersburg art bohemians, now it is used as a banquet hall for private receptions, cocktails and gala dinners with music and entertainment. There is a small stage for chamber orchestra or jazz-band. It may turn to be a real pleasure to spend an evening here enjoying comfort of the place at the accompaniment of tender and fascinating sounds of classical music. Ideal place for group meals and private functions. Capacity 150 guests.
BALL ROOM (BANQUET HALL)
Astoria has conference and banqueting facilities that are able to meet any request from small executive conference for 6 to a big reception. A beautifully decorated Ball Room adjacent to the Winter Garden is an ideal place for any function, private gala dinner as well as for presentations, meetings and seminars. It is often used as venue for mini exhibitions, trade-shows and travel marts. Convenient place for lunch or dinner for large groups. Capacity 150 guests. Capacity for standing reception is 200 guests. Astoria guests can also use facilities of the adjacent Angleterre hotel - the Congress Hall for up to 205 delegates equipped with simultaneous translation system for 4 languages.
SMALL MEETING ROOMS
On the ground floor of Astoria one can find smaller conference rooms usually used for board meetings and business talks. The largest one is Turgenev Room (41 sq.m.) for 22 guests. Repin and Shalyapin rooms are 16 and 19 sq.m. large and can seat from 8 to 16 guests.
Informal meetings and cocktails can be held in The Bar - one of St. Petersburg most stylish rooms to see and to be seen in. Enjoy the views over Mariinsky Palace and Nicholas I monument.
THE LOBBY LOUNGE
With a total of nine 11-foot arched windows swathed in beautiful Volga linen surrounding the room this is the heart of Astoria and the perfect place for breakfast, delicious light meals and the very best afternoon tea in town.