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W Ho­tel St Peters­burg Tel: +7 812 610 6161 www.wst­peters­ St. Peters­burg has be­come a favourite play­ground of Rus­sia’s rich, who come not only for the cul­ture and his­tory, but also for the ur­bane so­phis­ti­ca­tion of its ho­tels and restau­rants. They find a nice bal­ance at the W Ho­tel St. Peters­burg ( left), which is ide­ally placed in the his­tor­i­cal heart of the city, some­where be­tween St Isaac’s and the Win­ter Palace. The An­to­nio Cit­te­rio de­signed decor fuses old-world el­e­gance with avant grade ges­tures, like glit­ter-balls and di­a­mond-cut lac­quered doors. Mean­while, there’s more fu­sion at its flag­ship restau­rant Mix In St Peters­burg by French mas­ter-chef Alain Du­casse, where Mediter­ranean-in­spired recipes draw on Rus­sian in­gre­di­ents, like king crab from the Kam­chatka Penin­sula. Style and ser­vice are es­sen­tial facets of the W’s ap­peal, but what it’s re­ally all about is com­fort. Af­ter a hard day’s sight­see­ing in a city with too many things to see, I’m glad to get back to a room where the bed is huge and fresh, the car­pets rich un­der­foot, and the shower as rein­vig­o­rat­ing as a rain­for­est down­pour.

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