The Taleon Imperial Hotel5.0 out of 5.0
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An old building with antique furniture and very spacious accommodation. The rooms are remiscent of former glorious palace days with an inner lobby, sitting room and bedroom. A large marble bathroom completes the grandeur of the decor. Thick curtains and blinds ensure sound and light are vanquished at bed time. However, the only place where the light is sufficient for make up to be done is the lobby area if someone is using the bathroom. This was a disadvantage when having to be ready for early morning tours. The staff do not speak any language other than Russian so problems were difficult to understand let alone resolve. The breakfast buffet was adequate but not outstanding. The building is so vast and signs are minimal so it is quite easy to get lost between the rooms and the eating area! However, it is centrally placed so all attractions and restaurants are within very easy walking distanceThe Hermitage is literally a few minutes away.
Having taken the Sapsan train from Moscow there was an element of apprehension as to just how good this hotel was going to be. The National Hotel in Moscow was impressive but faded into the background when compared to this grand statement of eloquence. The ground floor reception is just past a bar which looks like a straight lift from classical Greek times - almost overwhelming in its scale. The reception staff are superbly competent. The elevators are almost space age and one has a carpet which is changed every day to display the name of the day - nifty or what? The bedroom and en suite bathroom made the National Hotel look like a seaside boarding house be comparison. There are two feeding places - an inside/outside restaurant at roof top level (next to an eye wateringly expensive spa complex (twentyfive pounds for a three hour swim if my shocked memory serves me correctly) and a sports bar serving Georgian food. Limited snacks are available at the bar but seem to be mainly cakes. Room service is available and the breakfast buffet (although not as good as the National Hotel) is very good with free champagne if that takes your fancy (and it certainly took mine). The hotel is well located near the Kazan and St Isaac Cathedrals and a five minute walk from the Hermitage. My Amex card has certainly clocked up a lot of points staying in this palatial establishment for four days and I take comfort from the belief that the Four Seasons Hotel is even more costly. Would I go back? Absolutely.
we are members of the Leading Hotels of the World and use them as much as possible. For the first time , and we have been around the world with them,we were disappointed . Apart from the location, which is great, the rest was not on par. We had just arrived from Moscow where we stayed at the Lote Hotel (same chain) and we had a great experience. It starts from the reception, professional, polite but not friendly. We had two rooms, one of them was a suite ( very expensive) and was disappointing. The buffet for breakfast was just Ok. Again service was minimum and just polite. Next time we visit Saint Petersburg we will go somewhere else.
Used to be a palace - actually lobby is overbearing with statues; landings charmless. Rooms (ours was 508) spacious as was the well-appointed bathroom in all its pink marble glory. No bed valances. No views whatsoever (a bit of sky). 5*, I don't think so. One night we had to bear very loud music until 11.00 pm ('it's the law that music can be loud until then'). Location perfect for Hermitage. No concierge after 5.00 pm we were told at 5.30 as we wanted some guidance as to where to go for supper. Reception looked up on TripAdvisor !
excellent breakfast with a lot of choices - try blinis with caviar ... ~25m rooftop pool - excellent water quality - outdoor terrace - sauna excellent rooftop restaurant with eastward terrace the hotel was build into 2 old palace structures hence a lot of winding corridors could need some repainting and better lighting we had a room towards Nevsky Avenue - closed windows block almost all noise.
Location couldn't be better. Very nice breakfast. Rooms clean and comfortable. Good service. We had a small issue with incorrect charges for the hotel transportation, that was corrected in a timely matter in response to our email. Beautiful hotel interiors. If you want to feel "imperial" in the center of the city, that is your hotel !
There is no doubting the grandeur of this hotel however once you get over the 'wow' factor the cracks start surfacing. Our room was fine with luxurious drapes and fabrics but there was not enough natural light to make it welcoming. However the bathroom was sheer luxury. Breakfast service was haphazard and lacked friendliness and coordination. We were also shocked by the cost to guests for using the swimming pool. After having a drink in the roof top restaurant we decided not to eat there as it lacked character. My wife asked about tea and coffee making facilities and was told to use room service but we found out you could get a kettle if you asked for it but this was not volunteered. The hotel is centrally situated and perfect for public transport and access to the Winter Palace complex. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants within walking distance. Overall this hotel lacks the quality in all aspects to make me feel I would like to go back.
This hotel looks spectacular inside.We were pleased with the size of our room. The bathroom had heated floor and was roomy as well with large bath and nice shower. The rest was a bit disappointing because we moved to this 5-star hotel after staying in 4-star hotel nearby just recently, but unlike we expected, we got our service downgraded. Small conveniences we were used to were now gone: there was no coffee in the room, but we found nice caffe shop just next door; the fitness club was available for free but the hours were so inconvenient that we could not use it (9AM to 10PM); there was a swimming pool, but we expected expected to pay 2500 rubles per person per day to be able to use it, so we did not; we were hoping that concierge service will help us with tickets to attractions, but it appears concierge can only Google the information for you if you have a question; we were able to use Wi-Fi once or twice in the room, while most of the time it was challenging, but we were shown the single standing computer (called "Business Center") where we could search for what was needed and even order the tickets to the Hermitage (again, in the past, the 4-star hotel's concierge just got it for us when we asked) In the very nicely decorated room we observed dusty spider web hanging down from the ceiling, which was taken care of once we pointed out to it, but we were told that rooms get cleaned only once a year. This made us wonder how much dust gets collected on these beautiful draperies, and explained to us why our dust allergies started bothering us again... There was a reasonable food selection at the breakfast, and once we discovered that we can get a water bottle there, we stopped being upset over the kid size water bottles delivered to the room daily. ( The large water bottle with the price tag of 500 rubles did not help feeling welcome :-) ) Room had lots of closet space for hanging our cloth, but we would rather have more shelves or a dresser. I am giving this hotel only 3 stars because we expected more from 5-star hotel.
A super hotel and very central - easy walking distance to the Hermitage. The hotel is a converted palace with exceptional architecture and antique period furniture - very atmospheric! Large rooms comfortably furnished & large bathrooms - showers are excellent! Prices are generally on the high side e.g. A bottle of Water in the room 500 Rubles (£7+) !! Very good fast wifi. Unfortunately breakfast is buffet style with a wide variety of tepid food. Service is haphazard, a number of waiting staff but lacking organisation e.g. Tea ordered and not delivered on a number of occasions, some drinks delivered which were not ordered, some staff standing about oblivious that clearing & attention being required by guests. There are A number of good restaurants are in the local area reasonably priced. Coffee & tea making facilities in the bedrooms would have improved the overall experience . An Exorbitant price needed to have a swim in the hotel pool.
This privately owned palace hotel with a spa is 5 minutes walk away from the Hermitage museum in the heart of the old town. The rooms are beautiful and it is very central. Indeed five star. It was one of the most beautiful places we have stayed in. Service was also outstanding. Rooms furnished in old charm and bathrooms luxurious. Member of the leading hotels of the world.
- Walking distance to Kazan Cathedral and State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Onsite dining
The Taleon Imperial Hotel places you within a 15-minute 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 the 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. Start each morning with buffet breakfast, available for a fee 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.
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.
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89% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 609 reviews