A June 2005 trip
to St. Petersburg by marcopolo
Quote: St. Petersburg is a treasure trove of exquisite and romantic places to dine. The food is great, the service impeccable, and the prices very competitive with other major cities in Europe. Hotels, once scarce, abound. They are world-class, and here are the best.
The rooms are spotless and boast large, comfortable bathrooms with all of the necessary amenities. The beds are large and firm, and you may request fresh linens every day if that is your desire. The television offers cable news, Leno and Conan O’Brien at night, and all the current movies on various pay channels.
The buffet breakfast consists of more items than I can list. Suffice it to say, the on-site chef will make you an omelet to order and you can choose from a standard American breakfast or revel in fresh salmon. There are over a dozen choices of various meats and sausages, cereals, a dozen choices of fresh pastries, and a myriad of beverages that you can enjoy.
The hotel is absolutely dependable about getting you to the airport or train station on time, and the transfer fee is cheaper than hiring a cab for that purpose. There is a fully qualified medical doctor on call at all times, and the one time we called on him, he proved to more than up to the task.
I remember that last October, we ordered in the upstairs dining room, the Lands Krona, and the food was a little slow in coming. We were in danger of missing the train to Moscow, and the chef provided the meal in a picnic basket for six people free of charge. That level of service is not standard for all of Russia, and it is quite easy to get spoiled at the Nevsky Palace.
The hotel offers a full range of guest services to include a spa, an exercise room, a range of massage services, any type of excursion in and around St. Petersburg, and translators upon request.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2005
Corinthia Nevskij Palace
Nevsky Prospect, 57
St. Petersburg, Russia 191025
(7) (812) 380-2001
Restaurant | "The Bargation"
No matter what you order, start out with the fabulous Adjarien Khachapuri. It is the best bread I have ever tasted. It is Georgian bread made with cheese and eggs and is not for those on the Atkins diet.
For a main course, I recommend the Bargration. This specialty of the house is veal brisket, baked potatoes, tomatoes stuffed with mushrooms, and additional large mushrooms stuffed with cheese.
Desserts range from fancy fruits to ice cream, and either is a good choice.
If you want to eat a little lighter, there are a myriad of dishes from which to choose. There are over 30 cold appetizers and an equal number of hot appetizers to choose from. There are 20 main dishes, and lamb is certainly a good choice in any form. Pastries are available, and if one is in the mood for fish, you can choose from salmon, trout, or sturgeon.
The wine list is extensive, and a superior bottle of Georgian wine can be had for around $20.
A couple can experience an exceptional fine-dining experience for less than $75 for a full-blown four-course meal, plus a full bottle of wine. For cigar aficionados, you can select from an impressive list of genuine Cubans.
5 Liteiny Prospect
St. Petersburg, Russia