Place: St Isaac’s Square
Construction time: 1911-1912
Architect: Fyodor Lidval
Style: Art Nouveau
Name Origin: Named after a network of luxurious hotels in the U.S. owned by the millionaire brothers Astors.
Interesting facts: The hotel is considered to be the most prestigious historic hotel in Saint- Petersburg. Herbert Wells, Alain Delon, Maya Plisetskaya, George H.W. Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Garry Kasparov stayed there. A world famous singer Madonna declared that she would perform in St.Petersburg only if she would stay in the Astoria Hotel.
Legends: Legend tells Adolf Hitler planned to hold a victory banquet in the hotel. The Nazi even printed banquet tickets for the victory celebration. But the city withstood a 900-day siege, the enemy never stepped onto this land, so the tickets remained unused.