The luxurious Grand Hotel Europe in St.
Petersburg, owned and operated by the legendary Orient-Express,
has re-opened ten historic suites after a painstaking restoration
Located on the hotel’s Historic Floor, each
suite has its own Russian historic name, with an interior to
match, and reflects the rich history of both the hotel and St.
Petersburg. Themes include Pavarotti, Stravinsky, Faberge and
All of the suites are spacious, with an
area of 55 to 97 square metres and 4.3 metre-high ceilings. Each
has a vestibule, a living room, a bedroom and a large bathroom.
Their windows look out onto the most picturesque spot in the
historic centre of St. Petersburg – Arts Square, with its monument
dedicated to the great poet, Alexander Pushkin, and the building
of the Noble Assembly.
The historic suites have
retained their original 19th century features and style, thanks to
restoration work carried out by French designer Michel Jouannet,
who is renowned for his work at Hotel Cipriani in Venice and the
Copacabana Palace in Rio-de-Janeiro.
The Grand Hotel Europe is
classified as a national and cultural landmark and is under a
preservation order as a historical monument.
105: The Pavarotti Suite is the room in which the celebrated
Italian tenor stayed during his final tour in 2004. This suite has
always been a favourite with musicians due to the antique grand
piano that stands in the living room. The interior is stylised in
the spirit of the finest opera houses in the world – the Opera
Garnier in Paris and La Scala in Italy. The colour scheme is
dominated by hues of gold and red, and the bathroom will be
finished in contrasting types of black and pink marble.
No. 107: The Dostoevsky Suite is named after Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, who was a frequent guest of the hotel. To
capture the mood of this great Russian writer, the designer has
chosen tones that are fresh, yet deep and serious. The walls are
decorated with wallpaper featuring a 19th century style pattern,
and the living room contains a large desk for literary work.
No. 109: The Imperial Yacht Suite is named after the
Russian royal yacht, the Derzhava, which stunned contemporaries
with the unprecedented opulence of its interiors. Shades of marine
colours dominate the colour scheme of the suite, while the
bathroom is decorated in green and cream marble.
No. 112: The Faberge Suite is named in honour of the renowned
Russian jeweller, Carl Faberge. The interior is designed in
the finest traditions, embodying his works of art. The colour
scheme is centred around shades of pink, lilac and golden tones,
and the suite is furnished with light, almost white coloured
furniture encrusted with precious stones and patina.
No. 113: The Mariinsky Suite is named in honour of the
celebrated Mariinsky Theatre and its celebrated guests such as
Anna Pavlova and the great choreographer, Marius Petipa. Other
illustrious guests connected with the world of music and ballet,
who have stayed at the hotel, include; Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Johann
Strauss, Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitry Shostakovich. The suite is
decorated in light blue tones to match those of the interior of
the Mariinsky Theatre, and has a theatrical ambience to it.
No. 119: The Stravinsky Suite is named after the great
composer Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, for whom the Evropeiskaya
Hotel, as the Grand Hotel Europe was then known, was the first
port of call when he returned to Russia 48 years after emigrating.
His music is associated with spring and general awakening, and so
the interior has joyful hues of spring-like green and the bathroom
is also decorated in green marble.
No. 121: The
Romanov Suite is named in honour of the Imperial Russian dynasty,
members of which regularly frequented the hotel. The last tsar,
Emperor Nicholas II, held diplomatic receptions in the hotel. This
suite has a truly palatial atmosphere and is furnished with
antique furniture featuring decorative gold moulding.
No. 123: The Rossi Suite is named after the architect
Carlo Rossi, who is closely linked to the hotel, since he designed
both the hotel’s façade and the architectural ensemble of the
adjacent Arts Square and Mikhailovskaya Ulitsa, on which the hotel
is located. The Rossi Suite is decorated in classic “Rossi” white
and yellow – the colours that are used in many of the architect’s
masterpieces around St. Petersburg.
No. 125: The
Amber Suite is named in honor of the famous Amber room at the
Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo, which is often referred to as
‘the eighth wonder of the world’. It features warm amber tones, in
keeping with its name, and the bathroom is made with pink and
No. 127: The Lidval Suite is named
in honour of Fyodor Ivanovich Lidval, one of the greatest
architects working in St. Petersburg at the beginning of the 20th
century, and an outstanding master of the Art Nouveau style.
Lidval also helped to redesign the interiors at Grand Hotel Europe
from 1908 to 1914. The suite consists of a large living room with
a winter garden on a small, glass-covered veranda.
The historic suites start from RUB 51,480
(approx. US$ 1,655) per room per night.
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