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A slick, Finish hotel group, Sokos understands that every traveller has different needs and preferences. And to better accommodate all their guests, they have developed three unique hotel brands: the personable Original hotels with a Finish mindset, the family-friendly Break hotels and Solo hotels, which offer modern comforts.
Located in some of St. Petersburg’s quieter areas, Sokos Hotels are well away from the usual hubbub of the main tourist areas to help ensure a quiet night’s sleep. Premium bed linen and pillow menus make for comfortable rooms, and hearty breakfasts set guests up for a day exploring St. Petersburg’s attractions.
Business guests can catch up with their work in their room at the desk, using free WiFi. Business centres and conference facilities have everything needed for meetings, and a concierge service can help with any last-minute requests.
A number of popular museums are situated on the southern banks of Vasilyevsky Island, including the anthropological collections of the Kunstkamera. Peter the Great started the museum with his personal collection of stuffed animals and astronomical instruments, but the collection has since been expanded to include anatomical specimens and curiosities.
Just a few blocks along from the Kunstkamera, the Menshikov Palace now houses the State Hermitage Museum’s collection of applied artworks as well as many personal items of Prince Alexander Menshikov. The palace’s interiors were largely untouched during the Russian Revolution and world wars and, as a result, are some of the best preserved in St. Petersburg.
To see the main collection of the State Hermitage Museum, head to the ornate Winter Palace. Works from many greats, including Gauguin, Matisse and Picasso, hang in the exhibition galleries. The extensive collection of artworks amounts to around three million pieces spread throughout 360 rooms and can take a couple of days to wander around. One of the quickest ways to get around the Hermitage is to join a guided tour that leads visitors past the highlights.