When I visited St Petersburg in July 2007 I stayed at the Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel on Nevskij Prospect. Nevskij Prospect is a long, wide boulevard lined with former palaces and Number 57 is one which was fortunate to be redesigned into a Corinthia hotel. While one naturally expects the building to be vast and luxurious, on entering the lobby one cannot fail to be breath-taken by this chic hotel’s sheer scale and style. However, with competitor hoteliers completing 100 million euro extensions and refurbishment programmes, the 400-bedroom luxury Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel has undergone a complete refurbishment. I was not convinced this hotel could get any better but evidently I was wrong! The hotel looks more chic than ever before, so if the staff are still as a attentive as they were in 2007, this hotel may in fact be the best in the world.
The hotel, which now offers more facilities than any other luxury hotel in the city, was acquired by International Hotel Investments (IHI) in 2002. The Malta based investment, development and management company also acquired the vacant properties on either side of the hotel which have been restored their former glory and form part of the re-development.
The work included enlarging the grand foyer, refurbishing the Imperial Restaurant and bars and upgrading all the bedrooms. One of the adjoining properties, Nevskij 59, is now the executive wing with 107 executive suites, bedrooms and a 250sq m Presidential Suite, plus an Executive Lounge. The Executive Lounge was a real bonus to my stay and I would advise spending the extra money to stay in an executive suite simply because you get to enjoy complementary food and drinks in sumptuous comfort, providing your feet with a welcomed break from pounding around the streets of St Petersburg.
The new Grand Ballroom offers the largest meeting space of its kind in St. Petersburg with a capacity of 600 theatre style and 500 for dinner. There are also 14 executive meeting rooms available with a capacity from 12 to 200.
At any one time, more than 1500 guests can be accommodated in the hotel’s conference facilities. Later this year a shopping mall and commercial centre will be opening in the second adjoining property, Nevskij 55.
Commenting at the official grand re-opening, founder and chairman of Corinthia Hotels, Mr. Alfred Pisani said: “Corinthia Hotels is committed to the long term future of St. Petersburg and is proud to have played an important part in providing the necessary infrastructure at the luxury level to attract increasing the number of visitors to the city.”
Her Excellency the Governor of St. Petersburg, Valentina Matvienko, His Excellency Professor Guido de Marco, President Emeritus of Malta and Mr. Vadim Tulpanove, Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg were also among the many dignitaries that attended the re-opening event.
Corinthia Hotels is a collection of luxury hotels in St. Petersburg, Prague, Budapest, Lisbon, Tripoli and Malta (2). A new major landmark 300-bedroom hotel in central London is currently under construction in Northumberland Avenue.
For more information go to: www.corinthia.com