Experience the best of White Nights and summer days when staying at Hotel Astoria
Explore St Petersburg this summer and stay at Hotel Astoria, a Rocco Forte hotel during the most magical time of year known as White Nights, when the sun sets close to midnight and darkness never descends.
White Nights lasts from mid-May until mid-July when visitors can take advantage of the lasting daylight and experience the city to the fullest. Located in the heart of St Petersburg, the historic Hotel Astoria has rounded up the best way to spend those endless summer nights.
Built with the purpose to outshine Versailles, visit the breathtaking summer residence of Russian tsars. The fastest, easiest and most glamorous way to get there is by motorboat. Go early to see the opening ceremony and plan to spend the whole day exploring the palace and strolling the magnificent gardens with its 150 fountains and four cascades.
Discover the rivers of St Petersburg
St Petersburg is the city of rivers and bridges. Exploring the city by boat is the best way to see the palaces and embankments. Hotel Astoria’s concierges can arrange for a private boat tour of the Neva River so you can feel like a royal while exploring the city.
The drawbridges of St Petersburg are true symbols of the city providing iconic postcard views. There are 93 rivers and canals within the city territory and the banks are connected by 800 bridges of all shapes and sizes. Every night from May to September, there is musical show, “Singing Bridges” when the opening of the drawbridge is accompanied by beautiful music.
Visit St Isaac’s Cathedral
Located next to Hotel Astoria is Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, a symbol of the city. Climb the 211 stone steps of the narrow staircase leading to the colonnade of St Isaac’s Cathedral to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city. The colonnade is open until 5am during the summer months.
St Petersburg is rich with cultural events. From annual music festivals, to Stars of White Nights in Mariinsky Theatre, the Circus Festival, White Nights Marathon, River Carnival and Imperial Bouquet flower festival – there is something for everyone. Take a break during the day and enjoy Afternoon Tea at the Rotonda Lounge in Astoria Hotel to indulge in homemade pastries and desserts curated by Executive Pastry Chef Yulia Ivanova.
Russian Navy Day
The last Sunday in July is Russian Navy Day. Celebrated with a tremendous parade of military ships lined up along the Neva River, there is also an airplane show and an open-air concert. The day ends with fireworks at Peter and Paul’s Fortress.
Dresden Opera Ball
Dresden Opera Ball is the culmination of the summer cultural events. Taking place on August 31 in Mikhailovsky Theatre and Grand Philharmonic Hall, enjoy a show packed full of superlatives and experience an unforgettable summer night’s ball on the banks of the Neva River in the grandest tradition of the great European court balls.
Conceived and staged by the creators of the Semper Opera Ball, this first German-Russian opera ball will be a meeting of two great cultural nations and an incomparable experience in the presence of outstanding personalities and artists from Russia and Germany, as well as many international guests. Astoria Hotel is a proud partner of the event and guests will have access to special privileges and enjoy special accommodation offer.
To book your stay at Hotel Astoria, allow the hotel to make all the arrangements for you to explore the city with the Discover St Petersburg package.
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.
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Rocco Forte Hotels
Established by Sir Rocco Forte and sister, Olga Polizzi in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels is a collection of 12 individual hotels and resorts. All of the hotels are landmarks, both old and new, occupying magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Led by a family who has been in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are united by their distinctive approach to service ensuring guests experience the best of the cities and surrounding areas. Rocco Forte Hotels comprises: Hotel de la Ville & Hotel de Russie, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Resort, Sicily; Masseria Torre Maizza, Puglia; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown’s Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotel Amigo, Brussels; and Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg
Future openings: Shanghai in 2019 and Palermo in 2020
Natalie Rucellai, Group Communications Director
Rocco Forte Hotels
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