Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg
Set in an unrivalled location in St Isaac’s Square, at the hub of St Petersburg’s vibrant city centre, Hotel Astoria perfectly captures the essence of Russia with all its noble history and elegant grandeur. Young travellers at Rocco Forte’s Hotel Astoria are treated to all manner of games, colouring books, exciting Russian lotto, chess and checkmate, as well as mini bathrobes, slippers and gifts, including a sweetie basket crammed with handmade chocolates and cookies.
The knowledgeable concierge will also be delighted to organise family trips to the Zoological Museum, filled with exciting flora and fauna from around the world; the Central Naval Museum, where you can learn about illustrious sea-faring heroes; and the Mariinsky Theatre, even if only to delight in the sparkling glory of the interior.
There is a special children’s menu at the hotel’s Russian restaurant, Davidov, featuring the signature dessert, Flambé Davidov of soft pancakes with vanilla ice cream that is fried in a pan at your table – a spectacular display, while the grown-ups can sample the exquisite selection of chilled vodkas and the very best Russian caviar.
From £1,167 per night for a family of four.