In honor of its Centennial, the iconic hotel created two exclusive packages in partnership with the famed Mariinsky Theater – the 100th Anniversary Luxury Package and The Mariinsky Golden Age Package. Guests can choose to enjoy a performance from Astoria’s own private box and explore hidden corners of the Mariinsky Theater during a private tour. As invited guests of the theater, visitors will hear about the Tsar’s box protocol and and enjoy uniquely Russian cuisine at the Davidov Restaurant following the theater performance.
As part of the celebrations, Rocco Forte’s Hotel Astoria will also resurrect a beloved hotel tradition dating back to the 1920’s and will host Jazz Evenings with internationally-recognized musicians, including Yann Tierson and Denis Matsuev. As the first hotel in Russia, Astoria will introduce a special scheme from local farmers, developing new menus with seasonal, homegrown ingredients and providing guests with the very best produce from the region. December 2012 will be marked with a splendid jubilee party bringing together guests from all over the world including politicians, fashion designers, artists, musicians, film stars, and other devoted connoisseurs of Russian luxury culture. The hotel has also unveiled 78 newly refurbished rooms and 58 suites including Deluxe, Ambassador, Junior Suites as well as the breathtaking Royal Suite.
As additional background, the stunning Style Modern hotel was designed by architect Fyodor Lidval in anticipation of the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty and first opened its doors to pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg’s beau monde on December 23, 1912. From day one it was a hotel that made history: Russian Grand Dukes threw larger-than-life parties in the Winter Garden; a prima ballerina danced until dawn in the Ballroom; Rasputin spent the night here in the company of a lady whose husband was ‘something in the government.’ The Astoria played host to legendary figures such as the dancer Isadora Duncan and the writer H. G. Wells and the Faberge shop was so close by that the hotel’s guests talked about going to the “local jewelers.”
Today, Hotel Astoria is still the epicenter of all that is fashionable and influential in St. Petersburg. Reading the guest book is like leafing through the pages of recent history - Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, George and Laura Bush, Jacques Chirac, Vladimir Putin, Madonna, Elton John, Jack Nicholson, Luciano Pavarotti, Marcello Mastroiani, Pierre Cardin, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Prince Charles and Prince Michael of Kent – have all walked its halls.
The Hotel Astoria 100th Anniversary Luxury Package includes:
- Tickets for two in the private Astoria box at the Mariinsky Theatre
- Transfer from airport with Bentley
- Professional photo shoot on the gallery of the Dome of St Isaac’s Cathedral
- After theater dinner at Davidov Restaurant
- VIP service from the Cartier boutique in St. Petersburg
- Luxury accommodation in a newly refurbished Deluxe Suite for two
- A bottle of Louis Roederer champagne in room on arrival
- Special anniversary gift
The offer is available until December 31, 2012. Prices start at $900, 18% VAT not included.
The Mariinsky Golden Age Package includes:
- Tickets for two to the private Astoria box in the Mariinsky Theatre
- After theatre dinner at Davidov Restaurant
- Accommodation for two in a Superior Deluxe Room
- Sparkling wine in room on arrival
- Special anniversary gift
The offer is available until December 31, 2012.Prices start at $430, 18% VAT not included.
For availability and rates, please visit www.roccofortehotels.com
Things to Do When You Go: Tips from the Hotel Astoria Concierge
Authentic Russian Banya
Have an incredible, invigorating well-being experience a la russe in a traditional banya (Russian sauna).
Accessible only to private club members and their guests, these banyas are akin to exclusive spas. Located not far from the city in a renewed Russian village, it offers national spa treatments – banya with (gentle!) birch-branch beating, herbal bath, full body massage with honey. With the glass of traditional Russian kvass (made of brown bread) you will hear interesting stories about banya traditions and Russian lifestyle. Banya has a powerful physiological effect, increasing blood supply to skin, muscles and joints, increasing oxygen levels and purging impurities.
The Imperial Porcelain Manufactory and Museum
St Petersburg is a home to the world-famous Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, which was once the official supplier of the Romanovs and is one of the first established in Europe. Before joining a hand-painting masterclass with a workshop leading artist, get inspired with designs by Kandinsky and Malevich from the unique collection of the Factory Museum. On display are 600 masterpieces - from luxurious ceremonial dinner services ordered by Catherine the Great to Bolshevik propaganda chess sets pitting nobles against Soviet workers and peasants. Any object d’art of today you choose at the splendid factory shop will be carefully wrapped for a safe journey.