7th November 2017
Written on 7th November 2017
Belmond Grand Hotel Europe - Discover collection of the most distinctive suites in St Petersburg
A cultural and culinary landmark, Belmond Grand Hotel Europe dates back to the 19th century and has played a central role in the life of St Petersburg for over 140 years. Hotel enjoys an ideal location on the famous Nevsky Prospekt, the primary avenue of St Petersburg, and is within walking distance to the Church of the Split Blood, Russian Museum, Palace Square and Hermitage Museum. With strong ties to the worlds of theatre, music and dance, a stay here will take you straight to the heart of Russia.
Discover some of the most distinctive suites in St Petersburg - luxurious Unique Historic Suites and Avant-Garde Suites, each inspired by an iconic figure from Stravinsky and Pavarotti to Malevich.
UNIQUE HISTORIC SUITES
10 Unique Historic Suites are sumptuous spaces evoking turn-of-the-century tsarist elegance. Individually named and with a unique theme, each suite combines contemporary comfort with an old world grace befitting one of Russia’s most iconic hotels.
Fyodor Dostoevsky was a frequent guest at the hotel. Those familiar with his work will know that the author and many of his characters lived in corner rooms, as they were perfect for observing life outside. Appropriately, the Dostoevsky Suite is a corner suite.
Imperial Yacht Suite
In 1871, Tsar Alexander II launched the royal yacht Derzhava, dazzling all who saw it with its unprecedented opulence. This suite, decorated in fresh, nautical colours, tells the story of the exceptional vessel, evoking the lifestyle of those who sailed with her.
Carl Fabergé was goldsmith to the Romanovs and is still considered to be one of the world’s greatest ever jewellers. This eponymous suite is swathed in pink, lilac and gold tones to reflect the precious stones and metals found in his work.
The Mariinsky Theatre opened just before the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe and was where the premieres of many great masterpieces were staged, including those by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. Decorated in the light blue tones of the Mariinsky Theatre itself, this suite has a wonderfully theatrical ambience.
Members of the Imperial Russian dynasty regularly visited Belmond Grand Hotel Europe and the last emperor, Nicholas II, held many diplomatic receptions here. The Romanov Suite offers a suitably palatial atmosphere, decorated with antique furniture featuring rich, gold ornamentation, delicate chandeliers and portraits of Russian nobility.
The Italian architect Carlo Rossi designed many St Petersburg’s most important buildings and was also responsible for the façade of Belmond Grand Hotel Europe. This suite is decorated in his signature white and yellow.
This rich, warm-hued suite takes its name from the famous Amber Room at Catherine Palace, the summer residence of the Tsars. The suite's living room is decorated with a reproduction of the cartouche featuring the initials of King Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia.
NEW AVANT-GARDE SUITES
The dazzling new Avant-Garde Suites are located in the hotel’s south wing on the first floor—or Belle Etage. Designed in homage to Russian art of the 1900s, the five Avant-Garde Suites are named after famous artists from the era. Russian avant-garde was a bold, influential art movement that flourished from 1907 to 1930. Avant-Garde Suites pay homage to the genius, innovation and outstanding creativity of its main protagonists and celebrate the lives and works of Russian avant-garde artists. Opulently decorated with high ceilings, each space is individually designed to reflect its namesake artist and features specially commissioned artwork that is reminiscent of their work.
The Malevich Suite features geometric shapes and bold colours; the Archipenko Suite has sensual lines and warm tones; the Kandinsky Suite is inspired by its namesake’s abstract art; the Rodchenko Suite plays on geometric shapes, light and shadow; and the Lissitzky Suite features graphic lines and clean colours. Rich wool carpets feature geometric patterns that hint at the artists’ distinctive styles.
The largest suite (350 m²) in the whole of St Petersburg occupies a corner of the hotel, offering stunning views to both Nevsky Prospekt and Mikhailovskaya Ulitsa. The grand suite features two bedrooms with king-size beds, two marble bathrooms and a sauna. The suite has its own exclusive fitness centre with treadmill and cycling machine, a games room and a combined study and library with secret bookcase door leading to the bedroom. Guests in the Presidential Suite can enjoy privately cooked meals in the dining room, which seats up to eight people and is perfect for an exclusive dinner party, before enjoying a drink in the spacious living room’s own bar with spectacular views of the Nevsky Prospect.