01 June 2013
HOTEL ASTORIA INTRODUCES NEW PRESIDENTIAL SUITE
St Petersburg, June 2013: Rocco Forte’s Hotel Astoria, a St Petersburg landmark, unveils its elegant new 3,500sq ft Czar Suite. The luxurious, Olga Polizzi-designed suite with unrivalled views over St Isaac’s Square and its glorious cathedral, is a stone’s throw from The Hermitage and other key sights in the heart of the city. The completion of the Czar’s Suite marks the culmination of a multi-million pound refurbishment, also creating 50 junior suites, in celebration of Hotel Astoria’s centenary.
Olga Polizzi, Director of Design, Rocco Forte Hotels, explains, “As with all of our properties, 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.
“I drew inspiration from the city’s many eighteenth century soft-toned buildings lining the River Neva with their French and Italian influences. The suite has a mix of textures including velvets and heavy Russian Volga Linen to create a warm and sumptuous feel.”
Located on the sixth floor, the spacious Czar’s Suite has a large bedroom with dedicated dressing area and double walk-in wardrobe; luxurious monochrome marble bathroom with double shower and flat screen TV; a very large lounge overlooking St Isaac’s Square; a gym with dedicated treatment area; library stocked with over 300 Russian classics; fully-equipped kitchen and bar area and a dining room seating up to 16 guests that can also be converted into a board room.
Versatile in design, the Czar’s Suite features interconnecting sliding doors ensuring a light-filled, free-flowing space with privacy when required, the main suite can also be connected to a further three bedrooms.
Standout elements include antique pieces, dating back to 1912, returned to the hotel from President Putin’s Konstantinovsky Palace; including gold lamps, candelabras, small decorative accessories, red and gold striped arm chairs and sofas. In direct contrast, the dining room has an organic free flowing light hanging over the table.
Dramatic black and white Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet and opera prints are displayed throughout along with some antique statues and colourful Russian plates. Statement wallpapers are used giving each room a distinct feel. The dining room features striking grey and white wallpaper by Min Hogg.
Sir Rocco Forte, Chairman & CEO Rocco Forte Hotels, comments, “We are very much looking forward to welcoming guests to this impressive new suite during the hotel’s special centenary year. Hotel Astoria has been at the forefront of St Petersburg life for the last 100 years and my sister, Olga Polizzi has worked hard to reflect this heritage in her design.”
As part of the hotel’s refurbishment programme, Olga Polizzi has also recently updated Hotel Astoria’s restaurant and bar areas. The new Astoria Cafe, formerly Davidov Restaurant, has a modern Russian feel. An illuminated striking red image from a production of Madame Butterfly at the Mariinsky Theatre makes up the backdrop to the bar, while the walls are adorned with arresting blue images from various Mariinsky performances. The Astoria Cafe offers a new Russian Brassiere-style menu overseen by celebrated Russian TV chef Aram Mnatsakanov.
The new Lichfield Bar, formerly the Kandinsky Bar, pays homage to world-famous British photographer, Lord Patrick Lichfield. The focal point is the bar, framed by two very large black and white images of nude models on the Moscow underground. As well as many nude photographs, all taken in Russia, the bar houses a collection of iconic photographs by Patrick Lichfield of American and British film and music stars from the 60s and 70s.