Kempinski Hotel Moika 22
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... is where we join our boat the Lev Tolstoy for our Russian river cruise.
Outside the station were lots of taxi drivers waiting for people to arrive on the trains. Nan, Pop and Aunt Sal seemed a little confused as to which taxi to choose but eventually chose a man with a taxi van that looked big enough to take all of us plus the luggage. The taxi van looked very old and Peter and I were secretly thinking that perhaps they had not made a wise choice however ...
... the guide gave out radio ear-pieces that would allow us all to hear what she said through her microphone. At least that was the idea, but once we got off the bus the wind took hold, and mostly all we could hear was the wind rushing down her microphone, interspersed with the guide’s voice every now and again, so not an entirely successful exercise.
... dinner. However, thank God, dinner was moved and in the end we had nearly two hours - bliss!! Gray dashed over the road for supplies (and had an interesting encounter with a mad Russian, which I hope he will tell you about) and we both crept into bed to try to catch some shut-eye. By now, however, we were both in that past-exhausted state where you are so jittery you can't sleep - but even just lying in silence with our eyes closed for an hour was a ...
... doesn't last long. Annoying your siblings is much more fun and poor Nina is an easy target (and loud). At least we get to see things and take photos. Just remember, for every photo of the kids, it takes 5 minutes to sort them out and/or bribe them. Time to leave Budapest and head to Prague. We catch a day-train which takes 7 hours mainly because it's very slow going through the valleys. We've booked another apartment in the centre. Prague is very busy in every sense, quite ...
... rites (the emperor would be cremated and as the smoke spiraled upward an eagle would be released to accompany his soul to the next world) and the Norse funeral barges. It is a beautiful example of Russian architecture with its onion domes. Onion domes, though often associated only with Russia, can actually also be found in many parts of the world: India and Central Asia and the Middle East, and even Central Europe (Germany and Austria). There is much symbolism in the onion ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
Historical Traveler Reviews Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 St. Petersburg
My stay could not have been surpassed. The room was excellent.. 2nd floor overlooking the Moika The staff could not have been more helpful. Lots of smiles. Afternoon tea was such a treat : String quartet. Savory & sweet options A fire burning. Comfortable chairs. Lovely surroundings. Not to mention my good book. Avery pleasant way to spend a few hours. The views from the 9th floor restaurent are also great. A pre dinner drink is a nice way to start the evening even when you are leaving the hotel for the dinner. I should mention that the wine is very expensive. I think we paid 59 euros for a nice Riesling. Another night we paid 10 euros for tea for one & a sparkling water.. This is not unique to this hotel. The overnight rate was very compeditive. It was just the extras that mounted up. When I return to St Petersburg, I will stay here again. No contest.
This is an excellent hotel. You'll be aware of its fantastic location as soon as you arrive. It's right on the eastern bank of the Moika river - 2 minutes away from Palace Square and a view of the Hermitage. 5 minutes the other way is Nevsky Prospekt.
Fantastic hotel, perfect location
Excellent hotel. Near the Hermatige and Nevsky Prospect but in a quiet location on the canal. Staff extremely friendly, room impeccably clean, great buffet breakfast. The restaurant/bar on the top floor gives panoramic views and you can go outside on balcony areas to take pictures. The hotel can be expensive but you can find relatively reasonable rates (for St. Petersburg!) by checking the Kempinski website on a regular basis. We paid $159Euro including breakfast for 6 nights. In our search for a place to stay, poorly located and rated hotels were well over $100 Euro. Highly recommended.
My travel agent wanted us to stay at a more established hotel but I insisted on the Kempinski and am glad I did. It's location is the best in St. Petersburg, right on the Moika River/Winter Canal and a brief walk across the canal bridge and into Palace Square to be at the Hermitage. When we arrived they put us in a third floor room with a view of the inner courtyard (a room I saw them put other travelers who later also complained). After expressing considerable unhappiness and showing them the confirmation for an upper floor room with a view we were moved a few hours later to a seventh floor corner room with a balcony overlooking the city. Although we couldn't see the river or the Hermitage we could see St. Isaac's dome, the Admiralty spire and the tops of various other monuments. The room was large and bright with one large window and French doors to the balcony and a sitting area. The bathroom was well appointed with lots of amenities.
I've stayed at Grand Hotel Europe and Astoria, and I've visited Angleterre and Nevsky Palace, and BY FAR Kempinski is superior in every respect. I was here for several nights in June, 2006 and now spend a week a month here (most recently early August, returning in October). I sometimes feel I am a fixture in the place. Why the Kempinski over the others? It isn't price, as it competes at the top end with the others mentioned. But the great location (literally a stone's throw from the Hermitage), the stunning atrium lobby, the extremely well-appointed rooms, the rooftop restaurant that has the best and most unique view of all of St. Petersburg -- especially the rooftops and St. Isaac's dome in the distance, the staff, the room service, the knowing and accommodating concierges, the reception and, well, all the other service attributes that are both luxe and remarkably personal. Smiles are everywhere...I assume a condition precedent to working at the Kempinski is to be able to smile and proffer positive thoughts for the day. The lobby bar is an exposed brick atmosphere evoking its canalside marine past; the Russian-English tea service is positively decadent; and the lobby French restaurant, Beau Rivage, is sublime (albeit somewhat overcome by the expansive lobby's sense of space). The bottom line for me is that I have fallen in love with this incredible city and I find the Kempinsky to be an over-the-top quality and value proposition that eclipses its competition in a city that offers more iconic destinations than any other city I can think of, including Paris. If you haven't been to St. Petersburg, you will be absolutely shocked by the breadth of the cultural offerings. The Kempinski is where you want to stay to be in the center of the city's universe without suffering from another luxe hotel's overstated and overpriced sense of self.
My wife and I stayed at the Kempinski and could not have been more pleased. The hotel was very conveniently located within walking distance of most everything we wanted to see and do. The staff was what you would expect of a five star hotel- very helpful and always friendly. The room was well apointed and spotless as was the hotel itself. The lobby is very spacious and open, unlike some of the hotels we had seen. We did not try the restaurants instead opting for some of the excellent choices close by. Without question, we will stay here again on our next visit to St. Petersburg
Stayed three days in Dec 05, going back for eigth days in Jan 06. Hotel a litle quiet but better for that. Service very good in bar and restaurant. Value for money seems at least 20 per cent cheaper than other high end hotels in St Petes.
Excellent, clean, expensive, poor restaurant
The hotel is really well maintained, very clean, efficient and friendly. The rooms serve wireless internet access, and the usual business services are available though there is no gym, pool or sauna. I would recommend a visit but not to the restaurant, the food is good but takes a very long time to arrive (about 1 hour with only 2-4 people in the restaurant, 3 nights in a row). The hotel does seem to be getting more expensive with each visit.
Excellent Stay at Kempinski Moika
Stayed at this hotel for 4 nights from the end of Sept to early October. The hotel is very well located -- steps to the Palace Square and the Hermitage Museum, a quick walk to Nevsky, and at the same time, in a quiet and elegant area of the city. The hotel is very new, having opened in July (their fitness facility and business centre was not up and running yet) but service is excellent. The staff is very accomodating and efficient. The hotel is of understated luxury and the rooms are very comfortable.
The July 18th, 2005 is the date of soft opening of Kempinski Hotel