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The Taleon Imperial Hotel

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Booked into here as part of a cox and kings holiday from London. First hotel in Moscow was simply incredible - really 5 star. The lotte - visited plenty of other hotels in st p, all of which looked better. Can recommend four seasons, Sofitel and intercontinental. In comparison this was an absolute shambles. I’d say this is a three star hotel with some photogenic decor. The breakfast is horrible, sweaty cheese, boiled canned vegetables, frankfurters etc. Eggs are anaemic, we ended up eating out. The restaurants were not open when we were there and the security is questionable. There are security scanners but nobody manning them, and the door man comes and goes as he pleases. No coffee/tea making facilities in the room of any five star expected extras. Don’t expect more than 1 bar of soap... lights go on and off at will, heating can’t be controlled from your room, all showers have a disabled seat in them. Expect to pay £7 for a bottle of water. The gym is well appointed etc, pool quite good. Expect to turn on the lights yourself as is deserted. Do not stay here unless you get a below £60 a night rate or do it for a night as a joke.

We loved staying here for 4 days! Our executive suite had two beautifully decorated rooms. Bathroom was huge with heated floors and very nice amenities. The pool was amazing!! It has a sky roof over the pool so you can see your own reflection while swimming late in the evening. Saunas were very nice as well. Breakfasts were tasty, big choice, we loved the omelet station. Pancakes with red caviar, vegetables, fruit, desserts. Palace Square is in 5 minutes walk so are the other main sites and restaurants of St. Petersburg. The building of the hotel is a historical building, started by Elizabeth of Russia (we read the history, very interesting!). Staff were very friendly and helpful. Great stay. Great memory about St.Petersburg!

The best part of the hotel was the prearrival, and the grandness of the room itself.... and that's when it started fo fall apart.... On the plus side, the concierge was top notch - very fast in responding, good suggestions, willing to do what ever it took. And the service at the Taleon restaurant was among the best we had (probably better than our diner at the Four Seasons Percorso) On the negative sides: We had several requests of the reception which were never fulfilled. We were not sure if the person we asked did not execute, or if the person they delegated to did not: example 1) disengage the security light I had erroneously turned on 2) bring a toothbrush to the room 3) Send housecleaning to the room (one day the room did not get cleaned..... ) While the room was gorgeous, the bathroom, perhaps from the tub, had a distinct sewer smell. I am used to this from time to time in this part of the world, but this was very pronounced, more than other public toilets I had used in palaces. Also another peculiarity I found is that it was never clear to me who was the manager on site. Usually with 4+ star hotels, it is clear, even if the manager does not personally introduce themselves. Instead, it seemed liked there were often very young employees and I left wondering if perhaps they were not experienced or assertive enough to get things done. Good location and all, (and good gym!) this would not be enough to bring me back.

Friendly staff helped to make for a memorable stay in this grand hotel. Situated on the corner of Nevsky Prospekt, close to the Hermitage Museum, its central location makes it convenient for enjoying the sights, tastes and sounds of St Petersburg. Its elegant interior includes an opulent dining room (with talented singer when we dined there), a breakfast room at the base of an impressive atrium, well appointed bedrooms, and on the top floor a generously sized swimming pool and well equipped gym.

My one week trip to me to this hotel to visit a friend that logged in the place. I passed a night with my friend there, it was absolutely beautiful and the staff speak perfect English . Their food was fantastic and the drinks was affordable

A week at this hotel, in the centre of St Petersburg, was pure delight. Our suite was beautifully appointed, and discretely serviced. The concierge spoke perfect English and nothing was a trouble. The hotel dining room was elegant, and the food was superb. The food and wine were not expensive. All of the staff were polite, friendly and efficient. The rooftop pool was great, and the spa experience (massage and facial) first rate. Staying there was a huge privilege! Our room was very quiet.

... nevertheless a fabulous, centrally located hotel in this beautiful city! My room was in fact a suite, with lobby, huge, luxurious bathroom (great shower, once I’d worked out how to use It!), sitting area, and very comfortable bedroom, and I even had access to an internal outside terrace area, though I’d probably have preferred a *normal* room with a canal view. My only problem was finding my way around the hotel and getting back to my rooms - the layout is a bit confusing in such a large old building! I stayed here while on a four-night group tour and thoroughly enjoyed my stay. Breakfasts in the atrium were delicious with a very wide choice, including dishes cooked to order if required. We ate in the sixth-floor restaurant on three nights - service was excellent, and the food well cooked if a little bland - though I guess the fixed menu had to cater to everyone in the group. I agree with other reviewers that in-room tea/coffee-making facilities would have been nice, but had no problem with the wifi. The staff - reception, waiting, chambermaid, doormen - were all friendly and helpful. The location was perfect - with just a little free time from group activities it was so easy to just wander around, visit a church, go souvenir shopping, .....

Perfectly located in the heart of St Petersburg, just around the corner from the Hermitage. The interior is grand and ornate. This is a huge hotel with several function rooms and conference facilities, a spa and swimming pool. As air conditioning tends to affect my husband’s sinuses, the first thing we do on entering any hotel room is turn off the air conditioning and open the window. Holding this thought, we were shown to our room – it was small and overlooked the central Atrium. This meant two things (1) we were unable to open the windows and (2) there was no natural light. Both these issues are fundamental to us so this was not going to work. In addition, several bulbs not working, mainly in the bathroom (don’t they check these things in between bookings?). We actually removed 2 bulbs from the wall lights by the wardrobes and put them in the bathroom wall lights and they worked – hoorah! We left the two non-working bulbs on the small sofa underneath the two, now not working wall lights by the wardrobes. When we came back, the bulbs had gone – but they had not put new bulbs in the lights so they still weren’t working! Anyway, having spoken to the rest of our group (we were on a package with Cox & Kings) and discovered that they seemed to have lovely big rooms with huge windows overlooking the canal – we asked to be moved. And we were – to a significantly nicer room. Big windows (that opened) overlooking the street, separate shower instead of one over the bath like the previous room, two washbasins instead of one, a much bigger bed and a maid to turn it down every night – none of which we had in the previous room – yet we all paid the same. Hmm. Breakfast in the Atrium was the usual buffet mix of everything and overall very good. The staff were good although not big on smiles – more mechanical efficiency than customer service – but I guess that’s the Russian way. This is I believe a 5 star hotel, but no porter took our luggage to our room for us. It may be that package groups are treated differently – lower priority? Just a thought. Overall this is a quality hotel in a great location. I would recommend it, but chose your room carefully.

Situated on Nevsky Prospect the hotel is easy walking distance to restaurants and the historical sights. The room was stylish and comfortable. Even the sofa bed was good to sleep on. The staff were friendly, helping us arrange the necessary paperwork for our stay and getting us to and from the airport. We didn't have breakfast at the hotel. The pool was open late for a late night swim.

The hotel is ideally situated on Nevsky Prospect, about a 5 minute walk from the Hermitage Museum. A former palace,It has an opulent design with a grand staircase ( rather hidden away unless you explore) We had a large room on the 4th floor with a huge bathroom: double sinks,separate shower cubicle, and a free standing bath. There was a comfortable bed, a seating area with table and armchairs, as well as a desk. There was a limited choice of English language TV programmes, and a very expensive mini bar ( approx £7 for a large bottle of water ) However smaller bottles were provided free each day, and were also available in the dining room at breakfast. Breakfast was very good with a wide choice of items: cereals, fruit, cold meats and cooked items including an omelette station. Staff needed to be more proactive in the dining room to clear away used plates. The swimming pool looked very inviting,but was expensive. There were good views from the rooftop restaurant. Although I have made some criticisms, I have to say that despite these, we had a wonderful stay, and would return if we were in St Petersburg again.

59 Moika Emb St. Petersburg

Hotel highlights

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

The Taleon Imperial Hotel places you in Admiralteyskiy, within a leisurely stroll of popular sights such as Kazan Cathedral and State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace. This 5-star hotel welcomes guests with 89 rooms and conveniences like a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. It's in central St. Petersburg and also a short walk from Palace Square and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.


Enjoy dining at one of 2 onsite restaurants including Taleon restaurant, which specializes in Modern European cuisine. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7:30 AM to 11 AM.


All 89 soundproofed accommodations feature sitting areas. 32-inch LCD TVs come with satellite channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Select Comfort beds sport Frette Italian sheets and down comforters, and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include washers/dryers, minibars, and laptop-compatible safes.

Property features

The Taleon Imperial Hotel features a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a health club. For transportation, you can make use of an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for RUB 4000 per vehicle one way, as well as limo/town car service. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a sauna, free WiFi in public areas, and a conference center.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

89.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 646 reviews