|Tsar Suite is the most luxurious and most prestigious suite in St. Petersburg, designed by Olga Polizzi. Pictured here is the living room.|
There’s a swanky new crash pad for travelers to the elegant Russian city of St. Petersburg. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Rocco Forte’s Hotel Astoria has been undergoing a big makeover (to the tune of millions of dollars). The icing on the cake is the new Tsar Suite, designed by Rocco Forte’s Director of Design Olga Polizzi.
Situated on the sixth floor, the 3,500-square-foot suite has glorious views over Saint Isaac’s Square. There’s a library full of Russian classics; a dining area (serviced by a full kitchen) that can be turned into a board room; a marble bathroom with double shower and a flat-screen TV; and a gym with a spa treatment area. The décor—like the antique gold lamps that were returned to the hotel from President Vladimir Putin’s Konstantinovsky Palace—reflect the hotel’s location in the heart of St. Petersburg, just a stone’s throw from The State Hermitage Museum.
The hotel’s restaurant and bar have also been beautifully refurbished, and 50 Junior Suites have been added. The new Astoria Café, formerly Davidov Restaurant, has a modern Russian feel, featuring images from various Mariinsky performances. The new Lichfield Bar, formerly the Kandinsky Bar, pays homage to world-famous British photographer, Lord Patrick Lichfield. Black and white images of nude models on the Moscow underground frame the bar, while iconic photographs of American and British film and music stars from the ’60s and ’70s are present throughout the space.
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