The Rotunda is a key afternoon place in town - and you can look out across to St. Isaac's
The Hotel Astoria's grand facade blends in beautifully with the Russian domes and spires of storied St. Petersburg.
Select from 211 exquisitely-designed rooms and suites, all of which have parquet floors, linen curtains, marble baths, and Russian artwork. Suites have views of the iconic 150-year-old horseback statue of St. Nicolas I in St. Isaac's Square, and come with all the modern creature comforts like Internet access and air conditioning.
Ask the concierge to arrange ballet tickets for you in the Tsar's box at the Mariinsky Theater, or walk around the corner to the famous Winter Palace and its Hermitage Museum, one of the world's great collections of art and culture. Or for true Russian decadence, dine on a selection of Russian caviar and vodka at the Hotel Astoria's renowned Davidov, which also serves excellent Russian cuisine. Or enjoy whiskey and cigars in the Kandinsky Bar.
Need to work off some of those Russian calories? The hotel's gym is open 24 hours a day.