Behind the stunning neobaroque facade lies an art-nouveau interior with stained-glass windows, antique furnishings, and stylish and comfortable guest rooms done in pleasing shades of mauve, cream, and gold. The Russian staff upholds the highest European standards, and an endless list of amenities includes the hotel's own brand of cigars and chocolates. Nevsky prospekt, the Hermitage, and ploshchad Iskusstv are all within walking distance. If money is no object, this is
the place to stay.