Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 St. Petersburg

A regal retreat in the heart of the city

Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 St. Petersburg claims a coveted central location just steps from Palace Square, the indisputable heart of the city.

The 19th-century façade hides two spacious atriums, nine floors of rooms and a rooftop restaurant. A nod to its perch on the Moika River, the hotel’s interiors are adorned with marine motifs alongside impressive fine art and antique furniture.

The elegant St. Petersburg property offers everything you need for an urban escape. Stay in and visit the spa and fitness center or plan an excursion with the art concierge to learn about Russian literature, painting and architecture.

The opulent tea room was created especially for snowy winter evenings, while Bellevue’s panoramic terraces beg for soaking up summer rays over bistro-style cuisine.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The location is superb with most major city sights within walking distance. The Hermitage Museum, Mikhailovsky Theatre and the striking Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood are all steps from the property, and luxury department store DLT is around the corner.
  • The hotel’s design plays heavily on St. Petersburg’s history as a port on the Baltic Sea. Look out for naval motifs, models of historic ships and a classic blue and red color palette.
  • Bellevue restaurant provides some of the city’s most enviable panoramas. Snag a seat on the ninth-floor terrace to sup on upscale French fare with a stunning view of Palace Square — wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows ensure astounding vistas, even if the weather doesn’t cooperate for alfresco dining.
  • The St. Petersburg hotel curates special programs for those looking to discover the gems of Russia’s cultural capital. Dedicated art concierges can organize visits to museums, private galleries and workshops of contemporary artists.
  • Decorated with European antique paintings and furniture, the elegant Tea Room has an open log fireplace and the atmosphere of a 19th-century aristocratic drawing room. Delicious snacks and desserts are served on impressive Imperial Russian porcelain.

Things to Know

  • Winter is a special season for Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 St. Petersburg. The exterior is elegantly decorated with Christmas trees and lights, while Nutcracker characters welcome visitors in the lobby.
  • The luxury hotel has its own pier on Moika River. Take advantage of your waterfront accommodations and ask the concierge to arrange a sightseeing tour by boat (available mid-April through October) through St. Petersburg’s myriad canals and waterways.
  • In addition to Kempinski’s concierge service, the property has an assistant called “the Lady in Red” to customize any aspect of your trip, from private anniversary celebrations to tailored entertainment.
  • For those who like to hit the ground running, early-bird breakfast is served every day between 4 and 7 a.m. in the hotel's lobby.

The Rooms

  • Paying homage to the building’s 19th-century origins as the home of high-ranking Russian officials, the hotel’s rooms are furnished in three styles: aristocratic pre-revolutionary apartments, Victorian-inspired British flats and modern classics.
  • The property’s 200 rooms vary somewhat in style, but all feature a subtle nautical theme and a red, white and blue color scheme. Seven types of suites allow for extra space and more sumptuous décor, though the Hermitage Suite boasts the best views from its elegant balcony.
  • Room comfort menus are hidden inside traditional Russian nesting dolls. Peruse offerings like bath aromas, salts, oils and anti-allergenic or orthopedic beddings to make your stay more luxurious.

The Restaurants

  • Revamped in 2019, Bellevue restaurant has glamorous art-deco-inspired interiors that don’t detract from its panoramic St. Petersburg views. Helmed by executive chef Jean-Philippe Dupas, the kitchen churns out classical French cuisine with Mediterranean flavors like octopus carpaccio or beef bourguignon with tagliatelle.
  • While you’re here, try the kamchatka salad, Kempinski Hotel Moika 22’s signature dish since its opening in 2006. Kamchatka (also known as red king crab) meat is delivered to the hotel three times a week from Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East.
  • Soak up the gentlemen’s club ambiance of Von Witte Bar, a regal lounge named after the Dutch architect who built the mansion that now houses the Palace Square hotel back in 1853. Admire the ceiling painted by one of the Hermitage restorers while sipping cocktails, craft beer from Moscow or a flight of Russian vodka.
  • Visit the elegant Tea Lounge to indulge in this classic afternoon tradition. Choose between traditional English afternoon tea or a Russian tea ceremony with its unique Pushkin blend (specially created for the hotel), champagne, caviar, roast beef and blini (small wheat pancakes usually topped with caviar).

24-hour room service
Meeting rooms
Pet friendly
Getting There
Moika River Embankment 22, St. Petersburg, 191186 Russia
LED (24-45 min)  
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