IHG: from Affordable City Hotels to High-End Resorts
IHG’s large portfolio includes nine instantly recognisable brands that range from family-friendly Holiday Inns to business-focused Crowne Plaza and the high-end luxuries of InterContinental resorts. With such a versatile collection of hotels, there’s no wonder IHG has become a firm favourite of many frequent travellers.
Choosing an IHG Hotel in St. Petersburg
Whether you’re in St. Petersburg for a one-night business stopover, or you’re stopping for a week-long break, IHG’s many central locations are some of the most convenient bases from which to explore the city. Hotels close to Pulkovo Airport provide handy accommodation for those just passing through.
Families will find comfortable hotel rooms with sofa beds, and you can arrange childcare for a surcharge. Business guests have plenty to keep them motivated, from well-equipped conference facilities to 24-hour business centres. All hotels offer free WiFi, so you can also keep in touch with the office from the work desk in your room.
St. Petersburg’s Stunning Churches
Topped with five colourful onion domes, the Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood is one of St. Petersburg’s most recognisable churches. Built on the site of Alexander II’s assassination, the church suffered some damage at the hands of the Bolsheviks but, after years of restoration, it is now back to its former glory.
Dominating the St. Petersburg skyline, St. Isaac’s Cathedral is another church that offers decadent facades and lavish interiors. A dramatic ceiling painting depicts the Last Judgement of Christ, though the church’s main focal point is the huge stained-glass Christ, standing behind the alter.
The Neoclassical Kazan Cathedral is one of the most notable buildings on Nevsky Prospekt. The church is known for its many sculptures, most of which portray Russian heroes. Traditionally regarded as a place of military tribute, the cathedral is the final resting place of one of Russia’s most famous military leaders, Mikhail Kutuzov.
Going Out in St. Petersburg
Nevsky Prospekt is most visitor’s go-to area for a night out in St. Petersburg. A wide range of restaurants line the street, offering a variety of cuisines aimed at different budgets. The bars along the street are also diverse, promising everything from premium vodka bars to trendy student joints.