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Russia's Latest Insanely Expensive Presidential Suite-ski Is In St Petersburg

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  Site Where: Nevsky Prospekt, Mikhailovskaya Ulitsa 1/7, St Petersburg, Russian Federation, 191186
October 29, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Presidential Suite: so fancy, we're only showing you the gilt bathroom

All eyes are on Moscow this week, for the on-schedule opening of the Four Seasons, which unlocks the front door tomorrow. Nothing could possibly take away our Russian focus from this, the redevelopment of the Stolichnaya label building. Edit: nothing could take our focus away unless it’s the news that Russia’s original five-star hotel, the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg, has just unveiled six new suites, including (sorry FS) the largest presidential suite in town. Only in lux-mad Russia, etc etc.

Because in today’s Russia, a standard room in a crazy-luxury hotel wouldn’t even make the grade on Facebook, let alone Instagram, the hotel has converted 19 rooms into these six suites, and added 24-hour butler service for good measure.

OK have one of the bedrooms too

The 3770 sq.ft Presidential Suite is accessed through a domed, gold-leaf-encrusted lobby, has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fitness center, dining room, games room, living room (with bar), kitchen, music room (with antique grand piano), hammam and a study-cum-library-cum-secret-door-into-bedroom-one. The price? “Available on request”.

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Checking In On Europe's Newest Hotel Indigos, Three Months In

June 23, 2014 at 10:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s been a few months now since the latest Hotel Indigos opened in Europe – Rome in March, St Petersburg a little earlier. How are they doing?

Reviews look solid, particularly for St Petersburg Tchaikovskogo: free soft drinks in the mini bar, a “master of Thai massage” and excellent customer service (by no means a given in Russia) are what people are focusing on.

A room tonight will set you back 6800RUB ($199), though they drop in July to 4900RUB ($143). That’s up on the 4000RUB lead-in price on opening, though still great value for Russia.

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