Get the 5-star treatment in St Petersburg
There are no exact features of a 5-star hotel. Each one contains a variety of luxurious combinations of marble en suites, revered restaurants and bars, impeccable interiors and divine day spas. St Petersburg has more than a handful of 5-star hotels waiting to pamper you to the point where you never want to leave.
You can choose to stay at The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel for VIP access to its affiliated museum; in the award-winning Domina Prestige's three-room suite; or at the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, which has relaxing massage rooms. Other options include the Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria, Taleon Imperial Hotel and the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace.
Hotels near Palace Square
St Petersburg's historic city centre has been named an official Heritage-listed site, thanks to its large collection of culturally significant buildings dating back centuries. One of the biggest attractions in the centre is Palace Square, home to the Winter Palace, which boasts stunning Baroque architecture on the outside and priceless artworks by Rembrandt, da Vinci, Michelangelo and more.
There's a range of St Petersburg accommodation located nearby that keeps you close to the magical sights. The award-winning Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 places you right on the Moika River directly opposite Palace Square, while the Golden Triangle Hotel houses you in a 19th-Century building amongst classic furnishings.
St Petersburg's budget hotels
Russia's second largest city comes well-equipped for catering towards budget-savvy travellers, with a good selection of affordable hotels and very cheap hostels. Don't think budget means staying outside of the city; the Nevsky SkyHotel places you right in the city's centre, featuring compact rooms that have everything a traveller needs.
You can also find a comfortable bed at the Hotel Anabel on Nevsky 88, which has a peaceful inner courtyard and good access to surrounding restaurants, theatres and shops. For a homely feel, you might want to try the Hotel Nouvelle Europe, where you can enjoy a prime locale near the State Russian Museum and the Cathedral of Kazan.