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St Petersburg’s largest hotel presidential suite opens

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Russia’s first ever five-star hotel, Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, has unveiled six magnificent new suites including the largest presidential suite in St Petersburg and five avant-garde suites inspired by 20th-century Russian artists.

Created from 19 first-floor rooms, the new suites offer space and luxury at the heart of the city with 24-hour butler service.

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A St Petersburg icon centrally positioned on Nevsky Prospekt, Belmond Grand Hotel Europe has long hosted celebrated guests from the worlds of theatre, music and dance and will celebrate its 140th anniversary next year. Complementing the historic hotel’s neo-baroque décor and stained-glass windows, the contemporary new suites were created by Tihany Design, a high-end hospitality specialist whose other projects have included the recently opened Oro restaurant at sister property Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice.

Sprawling over 350m2, the lavish presidential suite is accessed through a grand lobby with dramatic domed gold-leaf ceiling and offers views of Nevsky Prospekt and Mikhailovskaya Ulitsa. The grand suite features two bedrooms with king-size beds, two marble bathrooms and a hammam sauna. It also has its own exclusive fitness centre with treadmill and cycling machine, a games room and a combined study and library with secret bookcase door leading to the bedroom.

Guests in the presidential suite can enjoy privately cooked meals in the dining room, which seats up to 10 people and is perfect for an exclusive dinner party, before enjoying a drink in the spacious living room’s own bar with spectacular views of the Nevsky Prospect. There is also a full kitchen and a music room with antique Carl Schroeder grand piano.

Designed in homage to Russian art of the 1900s, the five avant-garde suites are named after famous artists from the era. Opulently decorated with high ceilings, each space is individually designed to reflect its namesake artist and features specially commissioned artwork that is reminiscent of their work.

The Malevich suite features geometric shapes and bold colours; the Archipenko suite has sensual lines and warm tones; the Kandinsky suite is inspired by its namesake’s abstract art; the Rodchenko suite plays on geometric shapes, light and shadow; and the Lissitzky suite features graphic lines and clean colours. Rich wool carpets feature geometric patterns that hint at the artists’ distinctive styles.

Each avant-garde suite has a spacious separate bedroom with king-size bed, living room with dining table for four to 10 people and a marble bathroom with separate bath and shower. The opulently decorated spaces feature a boudoir with dressing table, as well as luxurious upholstered furniture such as couches, corner sofas and recliners. There is also a widescreen television and atmospheric dimmer lighting.

Images courtesy of Belmond

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Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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November 17, 2014 | Asia Russia St Petersburg Travel | View comments

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