Travelling through time to pre-revolutionary St Petersburg: Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 offers a new service, the Art and History Tour over the hotel.
Kempinski Hotel Moika 22, located in an aristocratic mansion, built in 1853, opposite the Palace Square and the Hermitage Museum, offers its guests a unique opportunity to travel through time and, during a tour over the hotel, personally feel as if they are in pre-revolutionary St Petersburg.
The art concierge of Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 will introduce guests not only to the history of the hotel itself, but also the main landmarks of St Petersburg, which are visible from the panoramic Bellevue Brasserie restaurant and some of the hotel’s rooms. Without leaving the hotel, guests can make a sightseeing tour over the historical city centre and see the Hermitage and Palace Square, the General Staff Building and the Admiralty, the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Alexander Column, the Chapel and the Summer Garden, St Isaac’s Cathedral, and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.
Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is located in the heart of the golden triangle of St Petersburg. It’s surrounded by symbols of the Golden Age of Russian poetry, thanks to the neighbourhood with the apartment-museum of Alexander Pushkin, and the entire Silver Age of Russian poetry; its representatives gathered in an editorial office of the art magazine Apollon, which was in one of the buildings now owned by the hotel.
A special, authentic atmosphere of aristocratic Russian houses is created in Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 with numerous antiques and historic works of art, which are present in the hotel’s lobby, the Tea Room, the Von Witte bar, the Beau Rivage restaurant and the Griboyedov living room, as well as in Executive and Signature suites.
A tour around the hotel accompanied by an educated art concierge will allow guests to look into the living room of a St Petersburg house of the late 19th century; or see with their own eyes a library with old books with what could be the cabinet of a young nobleman or a top-ranking official. The building on the Moika River embankment 22, in which Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is now located, was built by the Russian architect of Dutch descent Basil Von Witte for the senior officials of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was located directly opposite, in the General Staff building, and for those who served in the Winter Palace, the court of Russian emperors.
The historic paintings created by European masters of the 17th-19th centuries, which decorate the interior of the hotel, carry with them the spirit of the past centuries which glorified beauty and art, cherished culture and sought the ideal.
During the Art and History Tour around Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 with the help of old pictures and the authentic objects of everyday life of our predecessors, which have preserved a living past for us, each guest can personally feel the refined atmosphere of the brilliant Russian society of pre-revolutionary St Petersburg.
The Art and History Tour is given by Kempinski Hotel Moika 22’s art concierge in Russian and English languages both for individual guests and for families staying at the hotel.
As well as that, the hotel has issued for the second time the signature city map “Art St Petersburg by Kempinski Hotel Moika 22”. This is a guide on art in St Petersburg and created for residents and visitors of the city, aesthetes and art connoisseurs who want to be aware of and personally involved in current events of the significant cultural life of St Petersburg.