Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria
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Chugaystyr stayed here on Jan 15, 2007 during their trip titled: Piter candles night.
Wanted to take advantage of the proximity to Russia and didn't want to just party in Stockholm and Tallinn so I took a quick solo jaunt to St Petersburg. Stayed at the Hotel Astoria and hired a guide to visit Peterhof and Tsarskoe Seloe. Almost got mugged in front of the Russian Museum so I kept it fairly conservative after that--spending a few evenings in the casino nearby.
... dinner experience.
We then popped into Crooners to say hello to the boys there. We had a drink and then took a glass of wine back to our cabin. It was a good opportunity to get my hair washed and redo my nails so did all that, then here I am writing up my blog – don’t usually manage to do it the same day as it happens. But hoping that tomorrow afternoon after we get back from our tour I’ll have time to do another upload. Till then ...
Thursday 3rd of October:
We walked over to the bus stop all packed and ready to make the 9 hour bus ride to Helsinki. With two stops and a couple of hours of naps we arrived in Helsinki and boarded the Ferry for St Petersburg. We explored the ship and became accustomed to the four person cabin the size of our bedrooms in Oulu (in other words a cabin for two, that crammed four).We watched the sunset over Helsinki on the stern of the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria St. Petersburg
We were to stay in an apartment in the neighborhoodof Uldnaya in St Petersburg. Getting there from the train station was scary enough, but the apartment was dreadfully dirty and had an odor that was unbearable. The elderly lady, Laura, who lived there was nice, but didnt speak english. Within 2 minutes I knew we couldn't stay there, so I only hoped I could get her to show me where the nearest metro was so my wife and I could head downtown to find a hotel. Leaving everything in the apartment, Laura took us to the metro, but then proceeded to get in and ride the train. Not speaking any russion we just followed her, and ended up in front of the winter palace where she gave us a key to the apartment, and then left. We were left standing in the palace square with only the clothes we were wearing, a video camera, and a small guide book. The guide book led us to the Astoria, and for $240/night we found an oasis in an otherwise dingy, worn out, crumbling city. The staff was very helpful, in that the rules forbid them to allow guests without passports/visas. Lauras son took ours to register us with the government, so we had none when we checked into the hotel. The hotel was kind enough to let us stay one night, but after that we were to provide them with the passports and visas. I called the agent that booked the room (luckily it was a st petersburg number) and told him we were not staying at the apartment, but opted for the Astoria, and that we needed our luggage and passports. He could have ignored us, or taken our stuff, but he showed up that night with everything intact. I told him to cancel our hotel in Moscow for later that week because I had to 're-think' how accomodations work in Russia. I also told him to keep the money for the apartment and pay Laura what was due her, and told him that we would talk about refunds after I got back to the US. Interestingly when I got back to the US, he had already sent a full refund. There were several opportunities on this trip for the Russians to 'take' us, but on every occasion they were good and honest, and lived up to their word. The Astoria is what it is. An elegant, historic hotel with good food (a little pricey, but what isn't at this level?), beautiful lobbies and sitting areas, decent rooms (ours was right in front of St. Issacs Cathedral), clean bathrooms, and a very helpful staff. It was also within easy waking distance of everything. We would stay there again.
We chose the Astoria over the other hotels on Nevsky Prospekt for it's history.It was a pleasant mix of old-fashioned elegance. It isnt your typical mass-produced business hotel.
We stayed at the hotel Astoria for five days over Russian Orthodox Easter and May 1st. We found the central position in the historical centre a great advantage. The hotel is well appointed and combines art deco with modern comfort. The bath is impeccable. If anything is out of order a call to the desk will have it fixed soon.
My mother-in-law and me visited this hotel in May 2004. We were picked up by a hotel driver from the airport but could not come anywhere close to the hotel because they hosted a Chinese delegation and cars were not allowed anywhere near the hotel. We had to wait in the car until we were allowed to come closer.
We stayed at the Hotel Astoria for three nights over the Easter weekend and found it a great base for visiting the city.
Expected better from Rocco Forte
Spent New Year's Eve 2004 in the Astoria. Booked a Superior Room, was shown into a tiny cubicle that could barely fit a bed. When asked to change for a larger room, was given a room with a courtyard view which was in a lower price category but my rate remained the same,...not too impressed to start. Room was nice but very hot and the outside ventilator's noise made it unpleasent to keep the windows open. Breakfast very average for USD28 p.p. when compared to other Hotels in Russia like the Hyatt or the Kempinski in Moscow. Overall, much worse than the other Rocco Forte hotels such as the de Russie in Rome. Tempted to try the Grand Hotel Europe next time.
My wife and I visited St. Petersburg in June, 2004 for "White Nights". We chose the Hotel Astoria (after doing a lot of research prior to the trip). The property is part of the Rocco Forte chain of hotels.
A Beautiful Hotel
We stayed at the Astoria in Feb 2004 and cannot suggest a better time to go or place to stay!
Our room was perfect, overlooking St Isaacs, and kept absolutely immaculate. The food was fantastic, particularly the Valentines menu, and all staff attentive and helpful.
The hotel is perfectly situated, even in the snow it was possible to walk to all the main attractions. The weather reports on the breakfast tables helped us decide how many layers to put on, eg 'todays high minus 23 degrees'!
The hotel itself has an intriguing history and list of patrons. If travelling independently we would recommend arranging for the hotel to send a car to collect you from Pulkova, and they were only to happy to arrange ballet tickets etc.
The Astoria in St Petersburg has a lot more than a storied history going for it. It deserves all of it 5 stars. Our room faced St Issac's and while it cost a little more it was worth it to pull the drapes to that magnificent view. St Petersburg is a very walkable city and the Astoria is in an excellant location. The only trouble is the prices. Eating there is out of the question. A $28 breakfast is absurd. There are many places around the hotel where you can get excellant food at reasonable prices.
Our room on the 6th floor (5th really) in the Astoria was very nice, not huge, but looked towards the inner courtyard = nice and quiet. The room had parquet flooring and marble bathroom (robes and slippers provided) with maid service at least twice a day. In the evening the beds (very comfortable) are turned down and towels refreshed in the bathroom. 1 bottle of water per person is provided per day (you cannot drink St Petersburg tap/faucet water, so cleaning your teeth is fun!). If you are a sensitive non smoker ask for a room away from the stairwell as the smell seeps through all the same. The Manager did tell us they have 2 non smoking floors and are opening a third one shortly. We found our room a little too warm despite the a/c, but we imagine it would be necessary in the winter months (we visited in mid April 2004). The staff are all very helpful and finding English speakers was not a problem. The service in the Davidov Restaurant was impeccable, under the watchful eye of a very efficient Canadian. The breakfast buffet in Davidov's was very comprehensive with a huge variety of everything and you can even have caviar and champagne from the breakfast buffet if you so wish!! The dinner menu is equally delicious, with live classical music and tasteful singing at the weekend.