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Rocco Forte Astoria Hotel

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Wheather you are in SP on business or touristing this is one of the best character places to stay - authentic but with all the modern amenities, large but with personalised service. And - do not miss the breakfast - lovely feast - you will probably skip lunch after that )).

Beautiful building set in a beautiful area. Staff amazing and can’t do enough for you. Lots of sights in walking distance. Hotel taxis on hand and quite reasonable too. Room upgraded to a mini suite. Immaculately Clean, stylish and chic. Breakfast very pricey but there are plenty of cafes to eat in nearby. I would certainly recommend it.

The Astoria is a great hotel. The decor is gorgeous and rooms large and sumptuous. I would highly recommend staying here. The staff were very helpful and welcoming. Only 2 comments are that the breakfast in offer is hideously overpriced and for the ladies, take your own makeup mirror as the lighting in the bathroom is terrible. But really couldn’t fault the hotel. It was a lovely treat and good value.

This hotel has a spectacular outlook from its entrance looking across to St Isaac's Cathedral, which is itself worth a visit. We travelled there from the UK on a three night package deal and were not disappointed by our experience. Our room was pleasant with sufficient space to move around and with a comfortable bed. However, the lack of a working extractor fan in the bathroom meant that smells created therein remained there for subsequent appreciation. The outlook from our room was dark and forbidding as we were put at the back of the hotel. So what did lighten up our stay? In two words, the staff. They were nothing short of wonderful. Warm and friendly and always available to help us make the most of our visit, our every request was met with a helpful attitude and first class information. They are a credit to the hotel and its owners. "A restaurant? Have you tried this one? Would you like to make a booking? When would you like to eat? Would you like to see the menu? Yes, it's easily possible to walk there." Speaking of walking, which is by far the best way of seeing this extraordinarily beautiful and very European city, the first thing we did was to walk on water. Well, we ambled across the frozen River Neva to the point where the ice-breaker had passed through, throwing up huge chunks of ice. Pretty, but you wouldn't want to venture too close. Our package did not include breakfast, but this was readily available at reasonable price a short walk around the corner from the hotel in one of a number of cafes. What is great about the Astoria is that it is mostly possible to walk to all the key sights and only the ballet and the airport required a taxi to reach them from this very well positioned hotel. We checked out the major sites and benefited from the help of the reception staff who we found really responsive. St Petersburg is a truly beautiful city with wide boulevards and lovely open spaces. That said, the ice is not always fully removed from the pavements in the winter and we noticed that many locals chose to use the frozen canals (it is the Venice of the North after all) as their preferred walkways. We quickly learned to follow their example. Back at the hotel following a hard day’s sightseeing, I would thoroughly recommend the bar for a nightcap, if only to admire the many black and white photographs of '60s icons and to ingest the information that "no-one in Russia drinks Stolichnaya vodka anymore". My wife said the Bloody Mary was to die for. Without the helpfulness of the staff at this wonderful hotel, I doubt that we would have enjoyed St Petersburg as much as we did. Even just sitting drinking coffee in the reception area felt like a treat. Only one thing would put me off going back and that is the Russian visa system. It took longer to acquire the necessary information just to get the visa application underway than I actually spent in Russia! But....all that said...was it worth it? My answer is a firm Yes. Firstly we were very lucky with the weather. Apparently there are only 30 days of sunshine per year - we had four of them! But mostly what would draw us back was the warmth of the reception we were given at the Astoria Hotel. I heartily recommend it.

The Astoria Hotel is in a beautifully restored historic building right in the heart of St Petersburg (SPB). Next to it and nearby around the square are the Angleterre Hotel, the Four Seasons, the Lotte Hotel, W Hotel, SO Sofitel, etc. So it is located in a rather posh area of SPB. Distance wise, it is near to the Nevsky Prospect and a number of key tourist attractions such as the Hermitage. So location wise, you can't go wrong with this hotel. The check-in was smooth and the staff at the reception were efficient, but rather cold and formal. I booked a Junior Deluxe Suite which was located on the 5th Floor. The junior suite had only one window overlooking the front of the hotel with a nice view of St Isaac's Cathedral. Double glazed windows ensured good sound insulation. The room itself was fine. Quite modern. Firm enough bed. Smallish bathroom with a claustrophobic shower cubicle. Some of the furniture look a bit worn out. Everything was generally functional. Breakfast was a pleasant affair. The staff in the restaurant were very good, particularly a smallish sized lady who was highly efficient and remembered everything we ordered the day before. Kudos to her. The selection was however, limited for a five star hotel. The real area that needed much improvement was housekeeping. While the general standards were satisfactory, the floor in my room was "sandy" and rather dusty. They should have vacuumed it before we arrived. Also, when I asked for a change in bathrobe, the reply from the housekeeping staff was "we don't have any extra bathrobes!". So much for a supposedly five star hotel. The lobby lounge was very pleasant and inviting. The staff there were polished and refined, though not very attentive. All in all, a good luxury hotel, which needs to improve on housekeeping and service standards. The staff could be friendlier and more welcoming.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all at the Astoria Hotel - simply the most wonderful break we have had in ages - my desire to come to your beautiful city finally came to fruition and was made complete by your fabulous hotel. As a special trip we arrived to find we had been upgraded to a junior suite (505) with views of the square, welcomed with champagne, flowers and fruit and then a gorgeous birthday cake on my husbands actual birthday. The staff were delightful - the rotunda bar a great place for a nightcap after exploring the city. A perfect time to go with no queues for museums - we waltzed into all the palaces and galleries with few people so seeing the art and architecture was a delight - not having to do it over the heads of others. It snowed and was wonderfully evocative - I would love to see it in summer too so will be back..... On our last day we visited the Summer Palace and there we were confronted with loads of Chinese tourists who's mobile phone cameras didn't stop - seriously irritating! I need to go back there in May or September! The hotel was wonderfully comfortable. We had room only and breakfast is fabulous but often we didn't want much so found some lovely cafes in the area which added to our overall experience. Uber was a god send - yes the cars are basic but it gets you from a to b, and all in english and very very cheap! Easy to use as it comes up in english and there is no confusion (the hotel cars are much more expensive - but they are of a different league!) The hotel is beautifully located near to all the sights - walking through the city is easy to navigate - I can't tell you how perfect it all was - thank you to the Astoria for giving us such special memories. We will most certainly be back as there was so much we didn't manage to do..... I am just saddened by the recent political situation on our return and hope that the cultural relationship between our two countries will not be damaged.... Thank you again. We will highly recommend you!

The five star Astoria epitomizes the elegance befitting royalty..and that jis how one is treated. we went for a Sunday brunch since it was February we had to unload layers of coats sweaters scarves all whisked away and given little envelopes with our tags inside. We were ushered to a large banquet with a highchair ready for Catherine-the Small {nine months old} who was accompanying us, The high ceilings. richly tapestried walls and plush upholstery made on feel swept into a period movie set..The fluffiest most perfect e Eggs Benedict followed silky crepes with a dozen little dishes of toppings, A not to be missed experience.

A beautiful hotel with outstanding service. The hotel director welcomed us. Fruit, flowers and chocolates every day, arranged tours, great breakfast. Service was truly five star. This is a really great hotel!

My wife and I have wanted to visit the Hermitage in SPB for years and we could not have wished for a better place to stay than the Astoria. The hotel is perfectly positioned for the main tourist sites and despite the cold weather, we had no trouble walking everywhere we wanted to visit. The Astoria is a "Grande Dame" type of hotel. The staff are professional and very friendly. We received an upgrade at check in and were given one of the larger rooms on the outside of the building. In addition to the bed etc it had a very nice sitting area. The room itself was immaculate as was the bathroom. We had breakfast included in our rate. The buffet was extensive and there were numerous additional hot items made to order. It was all of a high standard. We ate in the dining room one night and in the Lichfield Bar on two other occasions. The quality of the food was very good and reasonably priced. In fact it's hard to think of any faults to comment on. We enjoyed ourselves and would love to return on another occasion.

Lovely hotel with attentive and professional staff. Spacious and well appointed rooms. Delicious & beautifully presented food. Great central location with unspoilt views of St Isaacs Cathedral. Will be returning.

39, Bolshaya Morskaya str. St. Petersburg

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Located in Admiralteyskiy within a short walk of State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, Rocco Forte Astoria Hotel is within a mile (2 km) of other popular sights such as Kazan Cathedral. This 5-star hotel has 169 guestrooms and offers a full-service spa, a 24-hour fitness center, and free in-room WiFi. Located centrally in St. Petersburg, it's also close to Palace Square and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.


Dining

Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at Astoria Restaurant, the hotel's onsite restaurant. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a quick energy boost at the 2 coffee shops/cafés. Start each morning with buffet breakfast, available for a fee from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM.


Rooms

Rocco Forte Astoria Hotel's 169 rooms are recently renovated and provide minibars, free bottled water, and safes. LCD TVs come with satellite channels and pay movies, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. Phones and desks are also standard.


Property features

Renovated in 2013, Rocco Forte Astoria Hotel offers a full-service spa, a 24-hour fitness center, and a sauna. There's free offsite parking, and an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for RUB 5400.00 per vehicle one way. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include free WiFi in public areas, 5 meeting rooms, and conference space.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

89.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1727 reviews