Live and breathe the true spirit of Russia in one of Grand Hotel Europe’s ten historic suites.
Parisian designer Michel Jouannet has combined the elegance of historic St Petersburg with contemporary comforts. Beautifully-restored antiques and other lavish furnishings capture all the atmosphere of decades reaching back to the days of the Tsars. The strict lines of Classicism are softened by the skilful use of rich silks and other sumptuous fabrics.
The suites, all with 4.3 meter-high ceilings, boast a vestibule, living room, bedroom and large Italian marble bathroom. Their windows look out onto the most picturesque spot in the historic centre of St Petersburg—Arts Square.
No. 105: The Pavarotti Suite
The celebrated Italian tenor stayed in this suite during his 2004 tour
of Russia. Its interior evokes the world’s finest opera houses, and the bold, red and gold colour scheme reflects Pavarotti’s dynamic presence. The walls are decorated with photographs of the maestro with other well-known personalities.
No. 107: The Dostoevsky Suite
The literary genius Fyodor Dostoevsky was a frequent guest of Grand Hotel Europe.
Fans of works such as Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov will note that this is a corner suite—significant since Dostoevsky often based his heroes in corner houses. The author lived in corner rooms himself, noting that they were perfect for observing life outside.
No. 109: The Imperial Yacht Suite
In 1871, Tsar Alexander II launched the royal yacht Derzhava. Everyone privileged to step aboard was captivated by its unprecedented opulence.
This suite, decorated in fresh, nautical colours, tells the story of this exceptional ship, evoking the lifestyle of those who sailed on her.
No. 112: The Faberge Suite
Carl Fabrege, goldsmith to the Romanovs, is today renowned as one of the greatest jewellers of all time, celebrated for his dazzling gem-encrusted Easter Eggs.
This suite is decorated pink, lilac and gold tones to reflect the precious stones and metals familiar in his works. Antique pieces evocative of the turn of the 20th century complete the elegant atmosphere.
No. 113: The Mariinsky Suite
From the moment it opened its doors Grand Hotel Europe has been the residence of choice of illustrious guests from the world of music and ballet. Among them: Anna Pavlova, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Johann Strauss and Dmitry Shostakovich.
Decorated in the light blue tones also found inside the Mariinsky Theatre, the suite has a wonderfully theatrical ambience. Fans of dance and music will be fascinated by the artwork, which brings to life great moments and personalities from St Petersburg’s cultural scene.
No. 119: The Stravinsky Suite
When the great composer Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky returned to Russia after 48 years living overseas, Grand Hotel Europe was his first port of call.
Inspired by his revolutionary composition The Rite of Spring, the suite is decorated in fresh, joyful hues of leaf green.
No. 121: The Romanov Suite
Members of the Imperial Russian dynasty regularly visited Grand Hotel Europe. The last emperor, Nicholas II, held many diplomatic receptions here.
The suite named for the Romanov rulers has a suitably palatial atmosphere. Decorated with antique furniture featuring rich, gold ornamentation, delicate chandeliers and portraits of Russian nobility, this suite is certainly fit for a Tsar.
No. 123: The Rossi Suite
The celebrated Italian architect Carlo Rossi designed many of the buildings that give St Petersburg its allure. The façade of Grand Hotel Europe and the ensemble of Arts Square are among his many achievements.
This suite is decorated in classic white and yellow—the colours that grace so many of his masterpieces around the city. Its clean lines reflect the skilful way in which he combined Empire grandeur with elegant simplicity.
No. 125: The Amber Suite
This rich, warm-hued suite takes its name from the famous Amber Room at Catherine Palace. The suite's living room is decorated with a reproduction of the cartouche featuring the initials of King Friedrich Willhelm of Prussia, who presented the Amber Room to Russia’s Peter the Great in 1716.
Elegant decorative elements and objects inspired by early 18th century style make this suite a true embodiment of the grandeur of that era.
No. 127: The Lidval Suite
Fyodor Ivanovich Lidval was one of the greatest early 20th century architects to work in St Petersburg. A master of the Art Nouveau style, Lidval helped to redesign Grand Hotel Europe’s interiors between 1908 and 1914.
This suite features a large living room with a winter garden on an intimate, glass-covered veranda. Beautifully-restored stucco adorns the living room walls, while the spacious bathroom features marble, contrasting lacquered wood and a dramatic image of a sturgeon. Antique furniture from the hotel’s collection adds to the atmosphere of a suite where the spirit of the age of Lidval lives on.