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The "Astoria" makes an ideal starting point from which to discover Saint-Petersburg, Russian history and culture. It was in December 1912, that the doors of the hotel "Astoria" (architect Fedor Lidval) were First opened to the public. The luxurious interiors in the "Northern Modern" style have always impressed the wealthiest and most respected of Russian high society. The "Astoria" has welcomed many well-known guests: American businessman Armand Hammer, English writer Herbert Wells, Russian writers Maksim Gorky and Mikhail Bulgakov, poet Sergey Esenin, singers Fedor Shaliapyn and Leonid Sobinov, composer and singer Aleksander Vertinsky, ballerinas Aisedora Dunkan and Anna Pavlova.
Since the end of reconstruction work carried out between 1987-1991, the "Astoria" has been honored to welcome the Ex-Prime Minister of Great Britain Margaret Thatcher, the U.S. Secretary of State, James Baker, members of the Royal Romanov and Faberge families, the conductor and composer Mstislav Rostropovich, film producer Nikita Mikhalkov, sculptor Mikhail Shemiakyn, opera singers Galina Vishnevskaya and Elena Obrastsova, singer Dmitry Hvorostovsky and many others.
Hotel consists of 2 adjoining buildings, "Astoria" is the main building and now announced as a 5-star hotel, the next building is a separate 4-star hotel "Angleterre", during renovations they were connected.
The hotel is under German management.
St. Isaac`s Cathedral just across the square, Hermitage and Mariinsky theater within 10 min walk.
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