Featured Destination: St Petersburg, Russia

Hotel Astoria, a Rocco Forte Hotel

Our Exclusive Amenities for 2018

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests

  • $100 USD Equivalent Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

St. Petersburg, Russia

Fun Facts:

  • Catherine Palace’s formal gardens are right outside the city and offer traditional troika rides through the grounds! (A three-horse sleigh with riders draped in furs.)

  • The city is a major coffee capital! Coffee houses and literary cafes are very popular and serve as the perfect retreat to warm up during a day of exploring.

  • The Hermitage Museum has 1,500 rooms of artwork to explore. It was originally where the Romanov dynasty lived and is also known as the Winter Palace.

Destination Background:

St. Petersburg, Russia is the former capital of the country and comes in as the second largest city in Russia after the current capital, Moscow. It’s the perfect destination to experience a true urban winter wonderland. Blanketed in snow, the city remains festive long after the holidays are over. In the Russian Orthodox Church, Christmas is celebrated on January 7th after the New Year. Visitors can go into cathedrals at any time throughout the day to hear the angelic choirs sing and be dazzled by the architecture and lights of the surrounding metropolis. The city also has a very European feel when it comes to nightlife and entertainment. Experience a Vodka and Caviar tasting or listen to jazz music at one of the many British-esque pubs! This city is an epicenter for culture, arts, opera, and ballet and an incredible destination to explore in the colder months.

Where We Would Stay: Hotel Astoria, a Rocko Forte Hotel

Hotel Astoria is in one of the only buildings in the city that has remained as a hotel for over 100 years! The design is very traditionally elegant and sophisticated with all the original marble throughout the grounds. Located at St. Petersburg's most prestigious historic address, at the very heart of the city, it sits next door to St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Most rooms have stunning views of the cathedral and the main square, and have served as a home away from home to many famous actors, musicians, politicians and artists, Hotel Astoria is a part of Rocco Forte's exclusive collection of hotels. It is vibrant and glamorous, with European sophistication and both contemporary and timeless style. A short walk from the Hermitage and Mariinsky Theatre, Hotel Astoria allows you be in the center of this dazzling city with the comfort and tradition of true Russian hospitality.

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