Luxury boutique hotels really have the power to charm and enchant, as they’re intended to provide a more intimate and personalize experience. My recent visit at Saint Petersburg Russia was truly a delight. I have been planning to visit and explore the country’s imperial history ever since, and finally I got the chance to celebrate my holidays in the country.
My stay at DOM Boutique Hotel is one of the highlight of my visit. The building was originally built as a set of apartments in 1876 by the French architect August Zhfrioof, located in a beautiful 19th century mansion in the pretty historic area between the embankment of the Fontanka river and the diplomatic district. This new luxury hotel is perfectly placed for those who wish to savour the architectural beauty and the artistic treasures of the Rive Droite of St Petersburg. Unlike many St Petersburg hotels it is far from the mainstream tourist routes, yet it nestled right in the city centre, ideal for accessing the sights and sounds of Russia’s northern capital.
The Entrace and Lobby: a split-level staircase that leads up to the lobby and down to the meeting rooms. The space is lined in glossy black paneling, with a Nero Marquina and Carrara marble herringbone floor, and is a showcase for quirky furniture, objects d’art and contemporary paintings. The hotel has a combined lounge and library right by its entrance as well. The walls of the library, halls, and rooms are featuring the works by one of the city’s leading photographers, Alexander Kitaev.
I got the room at the fourth level with the street view. It was spacious and I was extremely pleased on it’s ambiance and design. The look of the rooms is deliberately eclectic – an assortment of beautiful furniture and exquisite detailing adds a fairy tale escape mood. The hotel’s modern English style is seen in the red commode in every room, velvety textiles of the highest quality, antique mirrors, striking black bathrooms with gold-plated fittings, and lovely French windows that overlooks the Peter the Great’s Summer Garden, praised by Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.
Location: Within walking distance of the hotel are the stunning Mikhailovsky and Marble Palaces and the Mikhailovsky castle, right by the Fontanka and Moika rivers. The hotel is also very near Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s main thoroughfare, and a pleasant walk along the Moika to the world-famous Hermitage art museum. Or for a short wander, the hotel is just a few steps from the Neva river, which is beautiful during the White Nights and indeed all year round.
VERDICT: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED HOTEL
To those who asked me over instagram if which season is the best to visit, here’s my answer. I visited Russia mid-Decemeber (Winter Season). Just so you know from November through to February winter sets in and the country is usually blanketed in crisp white snow. Despite the freezing temperatures, this is a magical time to visit – think fluffy hats, warm coats, breathtaking snowy landscapes and an almost guaranteed white Christmas. I’ve always wanted to experience the white Christmas and my decision to have it in Russia is truly worthwhile.
Also, they said Autumn (September – October) is although brief but also a good time to travel to Russia, when there are less crowds and the country is swathed in golden autumnal hues. Who doesn’t want this? Imagine no photobomber in your instagram photos? haha.
But above all, certainly summer is a drawcard for many travelers. Devoid of snow-covered landscapes, Russia positively blooms in spring and summer. The snow melts to reveal beautifully colored flowers and manicured lawns at many of Russia’s most famous palaces, parks and gardens and previously spindly birch trees heave with green foliage. Russia is pleasantly warm in summer. In July and August temperatures have been known to rival the Mediterranean. During mid-summer in the northern city of St Petersburg there is no real darkness and this wonderful phenomenon is known as ‘the white nights’.
To book your stay at DOM BOUTIQUE HOTEL:
(They also offer a Travel Voucher which you will be needing upon applying an entry visa)
Adress of Dom Boutique Hotel:
191187, Russia, Saint-Petersburg, Gangutskaya Street, 4
Contact phone / fax / desk:
+7 (812) 245-10-40
E-mail for general issues: