Best bet in St. Pete A review of Angleterre Hotel
We had the fortunate experience to arrive at the hotel a few days prior to Dubya (who was to stay at the attached Astoria Hotel for the G8 summit) so our hotel was loaded with secret service men. I think this may have had a positive affect as the staff were "on their toes" and security was noticeable. Front desk check-in was smooth and efficent and we were immediately given a room even though it was 11:00am. (I was a bit scared that they took our passports at check-in but understand this is necessary for immigration out of the country.) The champagne was a nice gesture although it did taste like donkey urine. Loved the elevators since there was never a wait. Our room was a gorgeous split-level number that was modern and tastefully furnised with everything in working order and a great view of St. Isaac's Cathedral. Ate and drank at Cafe Borsalino in the hotel; food was great but the drinks were very expensive ($12USD for a vodka and tonic). Also tried Davidof (restaurant) next door in the Astoria. Great service, nice selection but also expensive. Everything in Russia is expensive though - welcome to democaracy and capitalism!