By Katherine Greene
After 100 years of old-world elegance and luxury, Rocco Forte’s Hotel Astoria celebrates its monumental anniversary by revamping the St. Petersburg landmark.
The culmination of this centennial celebration is the reveal of the new Czar’s Suite, the crowning accomplishment of the hotel’s refurbishment.
The 3,500-square-foot suite, designed by Olga Polizzi, the brand’s director of design, is the final piece of the multi-million dollar renovation, which also included the addition of 50 junior suites.
Named after the most powerful position in Russian history, the Czar’s Suite stays true to St. Petersburg history with antique pieces dating back to 1912, while incorporating more contemporary design elements to keep the space fresh.
“As with all of our properties,” Polizzi said, “the Czar’s Suite reflects its location in the heart of St Petersburg. We have created a contemporary Russian feel with a nod to the city’s fascinating heritage by using an eclectic mix of authentic Russian art and antiques, original parquet flooring along with more modern elements including rugs with bold constructive geometric patterns, silk wallpapers and contemporary classic pieces.”
The sixth-floor suite, with its breathtaking views of St. Isaac’s Square, features many modern amenities including a fully equipped kitchen and dining room, a gym with a dedicated treatment area, a double walk-in closet and a marble bathroom equipped with a double shower and a flat screen TV. Also unique to the suite, is the addition of an expansive library, featuring more than 300 Russian classics.
In addition to the new guest suites, Polizzi also updated the hotel’s restaurant and bar spaces. The new Astoria Cafe, previously the Davidov Restaurant, offers a new Russian-Brassiere style menu executed by a culinary team led by chef Aram Mnatsakanov, in a modernized space with images from various Mariinsky performances, including Madame Butterfly. The former Kandinsky Bar, now the Lichfield bar, named for British photographer, Lord Patrick Lichfield, brings striking photography into the mix. Photographs of American and British celebrities from the ‘60s and ‘70s fill the walls, and stark, black and white nudes of models on the Moscow underground showcase the bar.