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Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 4.5

St. Petersburg, Northwestern District, Russia

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Pros

  • Central location, within walking distance of Palace Square and attractions
  • Lavishly decorated rooms, some with views of Winter Palace and Palace Square
  • Executive Suites include extras like Nespresso machines and free Champagne
  • Bellevue Brasserie on ninth floor offers panoramic city views
  • Spa, sauna, steam room, and whirlpool bath with scenic city views
  • Extensive gourmet buffet breakfast includes caviar and Champagne
  • French cuisine and fine wines at Wine Cellar 1853 
  • Russian-style afternoon tea served in Tea Room
  • Atmospheric Von Witte lounge bar offers views over the river
  • Fitness center and fitness bar serving healthy drinks and snacks
  • Meeting and event rooms, business center, and free property-wide Wi-Fi
  • On-site parking (for a fee)

Cons

  • Entry-level rooms lack coffee- and tea-making facilities
  • No pool, and fitness center is small, with limited equipment
  • Breakfast not included in room rates
  • Old World decor may feel fussy to some

Bottom Line

The Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is a luxury hotel situated next to the Moika River, within walking distance of Palace Square, the Hermitage, and a metro station. Its 200 guest rooms and suites have a regal look paired with modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and minibars, and some offer pretty street views. Executive Suites add extra perks like Nespresso coffeemakers and free Champagne. The large breakfast buffet (for a fee) is suitably high-end and includes caviar and Champagne, and the ninth-floor Bellevue Brasserie displays panoramic city views. Other notable features include a tea room serving Russian-style tea, a spa, whirlpool bath, fitness center, and free Wi-Fi. As an alternative, The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel has a similar ambiance, but its removed from tourist attractions.

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Scene

Heritage building with a romantic Old-World atmosphere

Built in 1853, Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is housed in an imposing neoclassical building in the heart of St Peterburg's historic center. The hotel's expansive lobby is elegant and opulent, from the soaring atrium ceiling topped with chandeliers down to the multi-toned marble floor. Wingback armchairs covered in beige velour or burgundy damask fabric add to the grandeur, as do the paintings by Old Masters adorning the walls. But while the property is certainly posh, certain details like the hallways' navy carpeting feel a touch dowdy. This luxury hotel caters to well-heeled business and leisure travelers who don't mind splurging for an ornate setting. The romantic and Old World atmosphere also makes it popular with couples on city getaways.

Location

Ideally located in central St. Petersburg within walking distance to attractions

The Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is located next to the Moika River, and it's just a few minutes' walk away from important city landmarks and tourist attractions including Palace Square, the Hermitage State Museum, and Nevsky Prospekt, the city's main thoroughfare. There's also a metro station just a few minutes' walk away, and many shops, cafes, and restaurants in the area.

  • One-minute walk to Moika River
  • Six-minute walk to Nevsky Prospekt
  • Six-minute walk to Palace Square and Winter Palace (State Hermitage Museum)
  • Eight-minute walk to Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood
  • 10-minute walk to Admiralteyskaya Metro Station
  • 11-minute walk to Mikhaylovsky Theater
  • 13-minute walk to Russian Museum
  • Seven-minute drive to the Peter the Great Statue (Bronze Horseman)
  • 11-minute drive to Lion Bridge
  • 15 minutes to St. Isaac's Cathedral by public transit
  • 31 minutes to Mariinsky Theater by public transit 
  • 34-minute drive to St. Petersburg Airport

Rooms

Spacious and lavishly decorated rooms and suites, some with beautiful views 

The Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 offers four different room categories, and five types of suites; the smallest are the single-occupancy Business Rooms, with 215 square feet of floor space. In keeping with the hotel's opulent atmosphere, rooms are decorated in rich textiles and saturated colors. Floors are covered in navy-blue carpeting and furniture is finished in dark mahogany tones. Photographic prints with naval themes adorn the walls. Suites are considerably more spacious and decorated in a more ostentatious style, with patterned wallpaper, chandeliers, and heavy drapes. Louis XV-style furniture, gilded mirrors, and oil paintings provide the finishing touches. It's regal, but some may find this brand of Old World elegance a bit fussy. Standard amenities include air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and minibars. Most rooms lack coffee- and tea-making facilities. Bathrooms have elegant black-and-white tiling and come fitted with shower/tub combos, heated floors, and magnifying mirrors. Bathrobes, hairdryers, and luxe toiletries are provided. 

Suites have separate living rooms as well as a few luxurious extras including spacious white-marble bathrooms with separate bathtubs and rainfall showers, while Executive Suites add Nespresso machines and welcome platters with free Champagne, chocolate, and fruit. Some rooms have scenic views over the river, or of historic landmarks like the Winter Palace, and Church of the Spilled Blood.

Features

Generous breakfast buffet, two restaurants, tea room, bar, spa, and fitness center

The Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 does not disappoint when it comes to on-site features. Breakfast (charged extra) is served each morning in the Beau Rivage Restaurant and the Griboyedov Dining Hall on the first floor of the hotel to the sounds of live piano music. The extensive buffet includes breads, pastries, cheese, cold cuts, caviar, and fresh fruit. Guests also have the option of ordering hot dishes served a la carte, which includes both international favorites and local specialties such as syrniki (Russian curd fritters), or pancakes with caviar and sour cream. Located on the ninth floor, the Bellevue Brasserie offers diners panoramic views over the city and a lunch and dinner menu of French cuisine. The intimate Wine Cellar 1853, with exposed brick walls, has seating for up to 16 and offers French food and an extensive wine list. The charming Tea Room has an open log fireplace and views of Palace Square and the State Hermitage Museum. Afternoon Tea is served here Russian style, using a silver samovar and Imperial Russian porcelain. Open throughout the day, the Von Witte bar resembles a formal country club, with leather armchairs, a library, and an open log fireplace, with views over the river.

The hotel's on-site spa offers different types of massages and a variety of relaxation and beauty treatments. The spa area also has a Fitness Bar serving fresh juices, seasonal vegetables, or fruit. The fitness center is open throughout the day, but has only a few cardio machines and free weights available. 

There are four on-site meeting and event rooms which can accommodate up to 200 guests plus a small business center with two Macs and a printer. The hotel also has a small shop selling Russian souvenirs. On-site parking costs extra and is limited to 32 vehicles. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. 

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Address

Reki Moiki Emb., 22, Palace Square, St. Petersburg 191186, Russia

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