ST. PETERSBURG -- The Radisson SAS Royal Hotel St. Petersburg
opened in July with 164 rooms, including 17 suites.
The $30 million property -- located in the heart of the city at
the corner of Vladimirsky and Nevsky Prospekt -- is a
reconstruction of an historic building.
The structure dates from the mid-1700s and originally was an
apartment building owned by noble families.
In 1879, the building was purchased by a Russian merchant, who
turned it into one of St. Petersburg's finest properties -- the
Although the hotel closed in the late 1920s -- a casualty of the
1917 October Revolution -- the building's restaurant continued to
In the early 1960s, a corner cafe on the site, known
unofficially as 'Saigon,' "was the legendary place for St.
Petersburg bohemia and underground life," according to Dina Kevra,
executive manager with Russian National Group, a tour operator
based in New York.
During the site's recent renovation, the interior of the
seven-story building was gutted, but its facade, under state
protection as an example of architectural classicism, was restored
to its 1880s appearance.
The Radisson SAS Royal Hotel's is just over a mile from the
Hermitage, according to Olga Kholmogorova, the hotel's revenue
"We are located on the main street, so it is a direct path to
the Hermitage. You can walk there, but it's better if one saves the
energy for walking through the rooms of the museum," she said.
Kholmogorova said the hotel's own taxi will cost $15, including
tip, for the ride to any of the city museums.
Rack rates for standard rooms are $290, single, and $310,
double; superior rooms are $310, single, $330, double.
Business class rack rates are $350, single, and $370, double.
Suites are $450, single or double. Breakfast is included in
business class and suites' rates.
A 20% VAT and 5% sales tax also apply. Agency commission is 10%
on the net room rate, before VAT.
Through the Russian National Group, standard room rates are
$239, single, and $269, double. Superior room rates are $299,
single, and $329, double.
The Russian National Group's rates include buffet breakfast and
all taxes. Agency commission is also 10%. To book, call (212)
The Radisson can be booked through the CRSs, by calling (800)
333-3333 or sending an e-mail to [email protected].