Rocco Forte Hotels’ Families R Forte programme has been designed to allow families to enjoy a worry-free holiday when travelling abroad. Children of all ages receive a warm welcome and will be well looked after so the whole family can make the most of their stay when visiting one of our exciting destinations. One city in particular, if you are thinking of a family trip of a lifetime is St Petersburg. When staying at Hotel Astoria, a Rocco Forte hotel, experience open-air film screenings by the river, contemporary art festivals, famous palaces, flower shows and much more. Below are our recommendations to experience the Venice of the North.
The breathtaking summer residence of Russian tsars, the palace was built to outshine Versailles. It is best to go to Peterhof by motorboat – the easy ride takes just 30 minutes from the city center. Children of all ages will enjoy exploring the vast gardens and seeing the amusing and beautiful fountains that are rigged to spray water on the unsuspecting spectator.
Explore by Boat
St Petersburg is the city of rivers and bridges and exploring the city by boat is the best way to see the palaces and embankments from a different angle. Hotel Astoria’s Concierges will arrange for a private boat tour, and the chef will prepare a picnic lunch to take along so kids can enjoy the trip to the fullest.
Sand Sculpture Festival
The annual Sand Sculpture International Festival takes place in the heart of the city at Peter and Paul’s Fortress on Zayachy Island. This years’ theme is The Lost Worlds where world-class sculptors form beautiful and intricate sculptures entirely from sand. View the magic of their creativity with a view of the Hermitage and Rostral Columns in the background.
Museums of St Petersburg
The Museum of Zoology is one of the best natural history museums in the world where you can see exhibitions on dinosaurs and mammoths and meet the famous blue whale skeleton. Another museum loved by kids is the oldest museum in St Petersburg, Kunstkamera. The museum of anthropology and ethnography was founded by Peter the Great and allows children to learn the history of indigenous people from around the world. The Railway Museum allows visitors to view and interact with real and model trains while learning all about Russia’s fascinating locomotive history.
No matter the season St Petersburg offers a variety of activities and adventures for the whole family to enjoy. The concierge can also help create a tailor-made itinerary to discover the seasonal secrets of the city. Book Hotel Astoria’s Family Suite Package and enjoy a complimentary interconnecting room, complimentary breakfast, children under six eat for free and much more.
Hotel Astoria, a Rocco Forte Hotel
Hotel Astoria is a luxurious contemporary hotel, located in historical center of St Petersburg, with illustrious biography and elegant traditions, fashionable interiors and dynamic service. It is the preferred hotel for cinema stars and musicians, politicians and famous artists. The most popular museums and theatres, galleries and shops, trendiest bars and restaurants are located within just a short walk from the hotel, allowing the guests to be in the epicentre of events and feel the pulse of the big city. The rooms and suites of Astoria combine ultramodern design elements with classic interiors and great views, creating cozy residential atmosphere, ideal for relaxation after an intense day of exploring St Petersburg.