We stayed here in October 2014; the rooms are very reasonable, offset by expensive food/drink ($9.00 beer!). However we feel this is by far the best option in St. Petersburg. It's about a 15-minute walk to the Hermitage. The hotel has a swanky feel; the concierge is awesome (in fact, we were spoiled by this--not an easy find in other hotels at this price range!). The rooms are clean, spacious, and have heated bathroom floors (absolutely luxurious!). Best of all, the spa area is out-of-this-world (it was included in our room package)--it's like the World's Fair of spas--so many to choose from. We spent several evenings just indulging in them. There are also exercise classes (yoga, etc.). We booked our entire stay effortlessly online, and then returned after a week of travels and decided we couldn't beat this hotel so ended up staying here again. Highly recommended.
Front desk and security guards need to be better trained. A lot of miscommunications with guests. No elevator to 3rd floor and rug on stairway is hazardas. They claim to have wifi in rooms but it is so poor that you have to go close to reception desk to get it.
Food is good and the full breakfast buffet is only on weekends - more sparse on weekdays.
No American Express.
Perfect hotel room, good service, pleasant staff. The hotel is not exactly central, but it's five minutes from a subway station that is only one or at most two stops from all the main tourist attractions. And there's an advantage to being in a relative quiet location across the street from a large park.
The only negative is that the hotel provides no à la carte breakfast options. A $25 breakfast buffet, no matter how elegant, is not what you want when your idea of breakfast is a cup of coffee and a roll. But there is a restaurant up the street where you can get a cup of coffee and a croissant.
Kim from Switzerland
This hotel has a 19th century façade augmented by a modern glass extension and is situated 500 metres from Nikolsky Cathedral …More
A1 experience from check in to check out. Great location close to 'must see' sites, museums and panoramas of the magnificent old imperial capital of Russia. The building is a well preserved and meticulously restored 18th century palace. It's worthwhile to spend several hours exploring and admiring the interiors. The hotel's atmosphere calls for 'slowing down', look around and enjoy staying in cozy luxury.
Sandy from Clearwater Beach, FL
The Taleon Imperial Hotel is the only lodging in St. Petersburg providing accommodations in a czarist-era palace. Restored …More
Hotel has central location which makes it an ideal base to explore the city, winter place and hermitage museum only a 5 minute stroll away, nervsky prospeck also just around the corner, but be warned, this is a very long road!
Traveller from Airdrie, Scotland
Opened in 2005, this city centre hotel is housed in a restored handsome 19th century building, typical of old St …More
After a less-than-perfect experience at another hotel in SPb, this was a good experience. The hotel was clean, comfortable, quiet at night, and the staff were pleasant and helpful. The breakfast was good. The location was excellent - 10 minute bus journey from/to Pulkovo airport, 10 minute walk to Moskovskaya Metro then a 15 minute metro journey to the centre of SPb. Will definitely stay there again. Only downside: if you stay in a Standard room, you don't get free access to the swimming pool.