By all measures The Best in the best of all cities to visit A review of Kempinski Hotel Moika 22
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.