Russia has always been shrouded in mystery. To this day rumours swirl around about life in the Federation. Before our visit, everyone we spoke to voiced surprised that we had picked St. Petersburg as our long weekend break destination.
“Isn’t it impossible to get a Russian Visa?”
“St. Petersburg is so far away! How could you go for just a weekend?”
The truth is quite a different matter. The visa from Ireland was a simple enough process and only took a week. For an extra fee, you can opt for the 3-day option.
In terms of distance St. Petersburg is only a 3-hour flight from London! Not bad at all I say.
The Corinthia is located on Nevsky Prospect, the main street in St. Petersburg. Now bear in mind it is a very long street! The Hermitage is an about 2-kilometer further down the street, but closer to the hotel is Rubinstein Street which offers plenty of restaurants and bars.
Despite its growth as a brand in recent years, the Corinthia has kept in touch with its roots of being a family run hotel. There is a friendly, homely atmosphere that is missing in some of the big chains. It’s commitment to obtaining the same standard of luxury across all Corinthia hotels is obvious, but there are some lovely touches that are unique to this location, such as the artwork in the main lobby created by local artists.
The bedroom was a highlight of our stay at the Corinthia. The room was large and the bed was incredibly comfortable, like sleeping on a cloud! Every modern amenity you could need was to hand, such as a Nespresso machine or top of the range flat screen TV.
Guests of the Corinthia have the option of dining at the Imperial Restaurant or the Café Vienna. If you book an executive room you also gain access to the executive lounge, which serves food and beverages from 7 am – 10 pm. We quite enjoyed the executive lounge, the smaller size meant more individualised service and it was a peaceful place to sit.
Due to time constraints, we never made it to the gym, but there is a fully equipped health club open 24/7.
The Corinthia St. Petersburg is a beautiful hotel located right on St. Petersburg’s main street. The local art in the lobby is a great addition and I would love to see more décor or art of Russian heritage being added. The bedroom was beautiful as was the lobby and lobby bar. A slight negative was the time it took to check-in/out. Overall, we both thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Corinthia St. Petersburg and would stay again.