With its world-famous ballet and opera, and the White Nights festival in summer, the ‘Venice of the North’ is a year-round destination. At its heart lies the finest of the St Petersburg hotels — the Astoria. A city landmark since 1912, a list of illustrious guests is engraved in brass at reception. Follow in their footsteps through the historic corridors, where aristocratic traditions continue in contemporary surroundings. East meets West in the Astoria Café, where you can enjoy a light bite or a Russian extravaganza of caviar and champagne all-day. Outside, the hotel is just a stroll away from the Hermitage Museum and the city’s many canals, monuments and bridges.