Standing in the centre of Saint Petersburg’s Art Square is a legendary address — the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe. This four-storey historic building, dating from 1824, offers a taste of life in Russia, from the time of the Tsars. So, it is little surprise that this impeccably restored hotel has unveiled yet another lavish suite — the Hotel Cipriani Suite — named in honour of its beloved sister property, Belmond Hotel Cipriani in the gorgeous city of Venice. It is one of 11 historic suites that now occupy the first floor of the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe.

Complementing the hotel’s inspiring neo-classical facade designed by Italian architect, Carlo Rossi, are the Hotel Cipriani Suite’s ultra-luxurious interiors. Within its stained glass windows, warm Mediterranean colours take over the walls and furnishings. Stand in the centre of this room and you’ll find yourself lost in a timeless decadence in true Venetian glory.

The interiors are decadently decorated with plush curtains, neo-classical furniture pieces and a crystal chandelier.

High ceilings give the one-bedroom suite a real sense of space and also help showcase its centrepiece — an antique painting of the grand canal and St Mark’s Basilica. This image of life on the waters of La Serenissima ‘most serene’ Venice is the perfect space to inspire calm, unwind in style or host the most intimate of soirées.

As one would expect of such opulence, guests staying in the suite have a butler on call at all times, allowing guests to loaf to an even larger degree. They will assist you with any necessary reservations, pack and unpack, see to your every need and assist with all other aspects pertaining to housekeeping.

The living area in the suite is decked in true Italian style preserved by the days of the Medicis.

The suite has the elegance, courtesy and charm representative of Hotel Cipriani, a property that possesses the very essence of the Belmond brand and the driving force of the company’s decision to acquire it in 1976. It was a move that marked the beginning of the luxury brand’s empire of exceptional hotels, one-of-a-kind trains and river cruises that stand at the forefront of luxury.

The Belmond Grand Hotel Europe is no exception and is considered the grande dame of St Petersburg. This magnificent property has welcomed heads of state, VIPs, royal families and high-profile celebrities since its opening 144 years ago. It has been at the pulse of St Petersburg’s high society for over a century and, as an ex-capital of Russia, knows all about hospitality with style.

However, when it comes to coffee and cuisine, a little Italian flair is always welcomed. Enter the hotel’s Mezzanine Cafe where visitors and residents can now enjoy the newly launched Delizie by Cipriani menu. Here, in the ambience of a lively piazza, you can gorge on featherlight pastries, classic desserts and hand-made gelato while you sip on the perkiest of espressos.

Take a cruise along the river adjacent to Belmond Grand Hotel Europe.

Geographically, The Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, is ideally positioned for those who want to visit the city’s architectural riches on foot. Simply, step out of the lobby and into a world of the Tsars. When you’re done with a look back at their lavish architecture, step back into your own at the Hotel Cipriani Suite; the sweet taste of Venice, surrounded by the classical elegance of yesteryear’s Russia.

Staff Writer