One of the first and finest streets of St. Petersburg, Nevskij Prospekt has been famous since the 18th century when it was first laid out, then bordered by the graceful manor houses and estates of the aristocracy. Evidence of its noble past is everywhere and it continues to be the heartbeat of the city, complete with modern business centers, elegant shops, restaurants and cafés.
Ideally located about midway on this three-mile boulevard, the Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel is a modern chrome and glass structure behind a 19th century façade, the result of careful architectural restructuring that combined two neo-classical mansions that had served previously as hotels. This new five-star hotel stands out for its elegance and style. It offers visitors and business travelers the perfect place to conduct business and enjoy the pleasures of this historic city. In fact, I would say that the Corinthia excels in making pleasure their business.
The ample breakfast buffet with its endless choices is tempting to the point of over-indulgence. To make up for this, one need only exit the hotel and explore the length of Nevskij Prospekt, either on foot or by trolley bus. On one end is the peaceful Alexander Nevskij Monastery while at the other is the imperial splendor of Palace Square and the lavish Winter Palace, home to the world-famous Hermitage. A mid-day break can be taken back at the Corinthia’s Beerstube Restaurant, where a fixed price business buffet is set out.
The highlight of any stay, without a doubt, is dinner in the hotel’s Landskrona rooftop restaurant. The atmosphere is quiet and intimate, the view is superb – the coal-black onion domes atop the butter-yellow Church of the Vladimir Icon are framed by each window. Each month, a different ethnic cuisine is selected and featured by the executive chef who does an excellent job of transporting diners through taste and texture to another country each month.
Location, Class, Comfort and Cuisine – four good reasons to begin and end your stay in St. Petersburg at the Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel.
All images and reviews copyright 2015 by Ginda Simpson
Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg
Nevsky Prospect, 57 St.. Petersburg, Russia
View from the Landskona Restaurant ~ Original watercolor painting by Ginda Simpson