By Summer Brons
Saint Petersburg
Russian Federation
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One of the most beautiful cities in the world is that of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Iconic architecture, a rich culture, and unique history come together to make Saint Petersburg an unforgettable travel destination. Plan your Russian adventure with EscapeWizard.com to experience this fascinating city firsthand!
   
Saint Petersburg air transportation is serviced by Pulkovo International Airport (LED), the fourth busiest airport in Russia. Not surprisingly, the other three are located in the country's capital of Moscow. You can book your flight through EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) and taking advantage of our great low rates on airfare. We can assist you with your hotel, too, just click (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) and choose your preferred lodging accommodations.    

Often referred to as Russia's cultural capital, Saint Petersburg has a variety of must-see attractions, including museums on nearly every topic imaginable. EscapeWizard.com recommends visiting the State Hermitage Museum, one of the largest museums in the world, spanning six venues and containing nearly three million items. The Museum of Non-Conformist Art, Museum of Applied Art, and Academy of Fine Arts Museum are a few of the other arts-related collections in the city.    

Saint Petersburg is not only known for its cultural appreciation, but also for its industry. Visit the Arctic and Antarctic Museum dedicated to Russian and Soviet polar expeditions, the Beer Museum, Central Railway Museum, Zoological Museum, and even such unique exhibits as the Museum of Hygiene, Museum of Water, and Museum of Cosmonautics and Rocket Technology. EscapeWizard.com also suggests touring the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, serving as the first state museum of history and sciences in Russia.    

For a major city, Saint Petersburg is remarkably green. This is thanks to more than 200 parks and gardens and streets generously lined with trees. Russia's only botanical gardens are located here in Saint Petersburg, which houses more than 12,000 species of plants. Also an ever-popular attraction, the city's Leningrad Zoo is one of the oldest in the world and keeps about 2,000 animals of 410 different species. EscapeWizard.com suggests a visit to Summer Garden, the oldest park in Saint Petersburg. Summer Garden features a large collection of sculptures and fountains, and includes a coffee and tea house.    

EscapeWizard.com encourages you not to forget to eat during your exploration of Saint Petersburg! Delicious Russian fare is available from restaurants and cafes all across the city, ready to satisfy any appetite whether you're looking for a quick snack or a full-fledge dining experience. Once you've refueled, perhaps you'd like to tackle the Saint Petersburg shopping scene. From familiar-face department stores to antique shops, bookstores, and souvenir shops, you'll have no trouble finding plenty of unique items to return home with.    

For a truly scenic, entertaining vacation, look no further than Saint Petersburg. With more attractions and amazing architecture than you can possibly experience during just one trip, it's a sure bet you'll put this city on your list of "must come back to" travel destinations. Book your Russian getaway with EscapeWizard.com today! Just click on the above links to make your reservations.
Hotels in Saint Petersburg
By Sandy O'Neal
Holiday Inn
Moskovsky Prospekt 97A, Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Tucked away in the serene central St. Petersburg district, the Holiday Inn St. Petersburg-Moskovskye V awaits your arrival. The hotel is located just 20 minutes from the Pulkov Airport. From the airport, you can easily be transported to the hotel by taxi. During your stay, the subway trains are a perfect way to get around.  From the hotel you can be at city centre in just 10 minutes. The hotel Concierge is available to assist you with airport transfers, arranging guided tours, and even locating tickets to local events and attractions.

Sprawling 17 floors, there are 557 rooms and 36 suites for you to choose from.  Rooms choices include single bedded or double bedded and non-smoking room are available. Guest room amenities include flat screen TV with in-room movies, work desk with a lamp, high speed internet access, mini bar and a tea maker. Enjoy complimentary bottled water, tea and coffee.

The onsite fitness center will allow you to continue your fitness routine while you are away from home. There is a wide variety of gym equipment including bikes, rowing machines and treadmills. 

There are three restaurants onsite for your dining pleasure. The Rodchenko serves Russian and European cuisine and is open for breakfast lunch and dinner. The Korova Bar is open for dinner. Here you can enjoy a sumptuous steak. At the XXXX Night Bar you can enjoy a wide selection of beer. And limited dinner service is available serving European cuisine. At the Tatlin Lobby Bar, you can relax while enjoying an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage, quick snack, or dessert.  

The hotel is equipped to meet the needs of the business traveler. The business center is available 24 hours and is equipped with PC and internet access. You will also be able to access the free copy machine, printer. If you are looking for a location to host a meeting or group event, look no further than the Holiday Inn St. Petersburg Moskovskye V. There are 21 meetings rooms available with state of the art equipment. The professional onsite staff is available to assure that your event is perfect in every way. 

The Holiday Inn is an excellent choice when your travels take you to St. Petersburg. Book your stay today through EscapeWizard.com by clicking this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Saint Petersburg
By Sandy O'Neal
Crowne Plaza
61 Ligovsky Prospekt, Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Hotel Crown Plaza Saint Petersburg is located in the magnificent down business district of the city right across the street from the largest shopping mall of Russia. Located just 14 miles from the Pulkov Airport, a taxi can be arranged to transport you to the hotel. The Concierge is available to assist you in arranging tours of this spectacular city. The sights of this magnificent city can easily accessed by the Moskovskiy Railway which is within walking distance of the hotel.  Check in is at 2:00 p.m. and checkout it noon.  

The 9 floor Crown Plaza features 195 guest rooms and 3 suites. You can choose a room with 1 king bed or 2 twin beds, and non-smoking rooms are available. Guest room amenities include TV with access to in-room movies and pay per view, high speed internet access, a mini bar and tea maker. 

If you are interested in dining onsite, the Olivetto Restaurant is located on the first floor of the hotel and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here you will enjoy dining in an elegant atmosphere while partaking in Mediterranean cuisine. There is also a lobby bar where you can relax in a cozy environment and enjoy your favorite cocktail.  

For the business traveler who needs to stay connected, the business center includes a PC where you can access the internet, a copy machine and printer. If you are looking for a location to host your group meeting or special event, the Crown Plaza is an ideal choice. Event facilities include 5 meeting rooms that can be arranged to suit your needs. And banquet and catering services are available to add that special touch to your event.

The Crown Plaza Hotel is an excellent choice when your travels take you to Saint Petersburg. Book your next stay through EscapeWizard.com by clicking this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Saint Petersburg
By Susanne M. Wilson
W Hotel St. Petersburg
6 Voznesensky Prospect, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
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St. Petersburg is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful cities in the world.  Situated on the eastern tip of the Baltic Sea and the Neva River, the city is a cultural mecca from its large historical center to its many museums.  The city is served by the Pulkovo Airport (LED) and the W Hotel is a short 30-minute taxi ride away.

Many of the rooms at the W Hotel provide views of the St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the third highest cupola in the world.  The 400-step climb to the top of the cathedral is worth one of the best night views of the city.  The prime attraction in St. Petersburg, the Winter Palace/Hermitage Museum, is a short walk from the hotel.  The concierge service can arrange tours and/or transportation to many of the city’s sites including the famed Summer Palace which is slightly over a mile from the hotel.  Venice isn’t the only city offering tours by water.  Especially during the summer, a canal tour is an excellent way to view the city.

Upon arriving at the W Hotel (check-in 3:00 pm), you will be delighted by the contemporary style of this ultra-modern hotel.  The hotel offers 137 guest rooms with descriptive names including wonderful, marvelous, spectacular and fabulous.  Suites are also available.  Each room’s signature W bed is wrapped in 350 count linens.  Rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi, iPod docking station and a Nespresso machine.  After a long day of sight-seeing or business, you can luxuriate in the spa-like bathroom complete with rainforest shower, Ad Notam Mirror Image® T.V. and heated limestone floors.

The W Hotel in St. Petersburg offers their custom Whatever/Whenever® Service that is certain to make your stay enjoyable.  You can relax at the miXup Bar with a cocktail or enjoy a three-course meal in the Living Room which provides 24-hour in-room dining service. The Bliss Spa services range from movie while you wait manicure/pedicure, pool and Jacuzzi, private sauna rooms for men and women to eyelash extension treatment.  The hotel’s fitness center, known as FIT, is equipped with state-of-the-art cardio machines each featuring a personal television and iPod connection. The hotel offers a 24-hour business center for guests available via guest room key access. 

You won’t be disappointed in choosing the W Hotel when you find yourself traveling to St. Petersburg.  Book your stay through EscapeWizard.com now by clicking here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).