Kempinski Hotel Moika 22
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... pre booked "tour" bus, by tour it was a direct route in a small old van to a central location called St Isaaks square. There was only us and the driver in the van and there was barely a word spoken so 'tour' was embellishing a little. The fact the old Russian chap appeared to have been drinking and didn't speak a lick of English probably impacted on his ability to be a 'tour guide'. About 2 minutes after we set off, after pointing to the central city stop on a map our ...
... our group in each room. It works really well, except that there is never enough time to see and photograph all you want. They do keep you moving along! We returned to the AmaKaterina for lunch and a brief rest prior to lunch. After lunch we headed off by bus to St Isaac's Cathedral. In Russia a Cathedral means a number of churches under one roof. (see, I was paying attention to the Nadia). In the case of St Isaac's there are four churches. This church is ...
... grey, cold, no trees / plant / foliage, no colour etc. Well forget that !
In St Petersburg, feast your eyes on the beautiful buildings, wide tree lined streets with patches of spring flowers and the canals and waterways.
I have to say that I was blown away with the streetscape because I was aware of damage to Catherine’s Palace - ransacked and left in a state of ruin which most people would have walked ...
The sun was shining when we met up with Dave this morning so we decided to go to St Isaacs Cathedral so that we could take photos of the sun shining on the gold plate of the cathedral domes, and also get some good photos of St Petersburg from up inside the dome. The Cathedral is supposed to be one of the largest in the world, although it seems quite small to me! It has no pews, so it is ...
... the truth.
Our travel partner Jen was couchsurfing with a different host. He was in a band and the three of us went to watch one of his gigs. Although the 9 band members tried really hard, it actually turned out to be the worst music I have ever heard, at one stage I suspected the gig may have been one elaborate practical joke. None the less it was a good night and a nice way to say ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
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