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May 18, 2011

St. Petersburg: W Hotels Makes Its Russian Debut

By Departures Dispatch | Travel


The W made its grand debut in Russia when the W St. Petersburg hotel opened April 20. Next to St. Isaac Cathedral and not far from the Winter Palace, the 137-room hotel was designed by the Milan-based Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel Partners, who took aesthetic cues from the city's architecture as well as the regal jewel tones of the Fabergé egg. Though Russian history plays a part in the look, the structure's limestone and marble façade and supersleek interior make it a refreshingly modern addition to the city's lineup of opulent hotels. Speaking of refreshing, there's also an on-site Bliss spa with an indoor pool, an Alain Ducasse-inspired miX restaurant, and a rooftop bar and terrace where international DJs will spin for the nightlife-inclined. And W's signature Whatever/Whenever concierge service is on hand, providing personalized tours of the State Hermitage Museum or birthday party cruises down the Neva River. Rooms from $240 at 6 Voznesensky Prospect; 7-812/ 610-6161; wstpetersburg.com.

Photo Courtesy of W St. Petersburg