Over the last decade, St. Petersburg, the so-called Venice of the North and Russian cultural capital, has become a popular M.I.C.E. destination. Newly built and reconstructed event venues, convenient transport infrastructure, developed travel and hospitality services, and extraordinary range of itineraries attract to the city more and more world-class events. For example, the 23rd session of the UNWTO General Assembly will be held in the city in September 2019. St. Petersburg offers a range of event venues, either within the historic environment or in truly modern facilities with a range of capacities. Tourism Review presents the top venues of different categories and various cost segments.
EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre, built just 5 years ago in full compliance with the standards of the UFI (Global Association of the Exhibition Industry), is currently the most modern convention and exhibition facility in Russia. The Expoforum includes column-free three exhibition halls, up-to-date congress center with 30 rooms, 2 on-site hotels (Hilton and Hampton by Hilton) with an overall capacity of 441 rooms, and logistics terminal.
The event venue is a flexible space which can be adopted for hosting events of any size, complexity, and format – exhibitions, forums, conventions, sports or cultural events: exhibitions (up to 50 000 m2); conventions (up to 8 000 pax), concerts (up to 10 000 pax), banquets (up to 6 500 pax), sport events (up to 5 000 pax).
Expoforum is conveniently situated near International Airport Pulkovo, at the crossroad of two main transportation routes of the city.
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace
Four Seasons St Petersburg serves its guests with the spirit of Russian royalty. The 19th-century royal palace, nicely converted in the historic hotel is superbly located next to the iconic St. Isaac’s Cathedral, just two blocks from Hermitage Museum. Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg offers its guests 183 comfortable rooms of highest standards, including 26 suites. For the events, the hotel offers seven rooms from 24 to 353 m2 prepared for the most demanding events. The maximum event capacity of the most spacious room is 275 persons. The hotel takes pride for its high-end catering services. Authentic Italian restaurant with great wine collection is available here as well as an Asian restaurant with a sushi-bar complemented with European and Russian cuisine. The facilities are able to serve the most demanding catering needs of any high-profile event.
The Yusupov Palace
The Yusupov Palace is an exceptional architectural, historical and cultural event venue. The palace belonged to one of the richest families of the Russian Empire — the Yusupovs. It is well-known as the place where Rasputin was killed. The Yusupov Palace was home of one of the few surviving noble families of Russia featuring authentically decorated interiors preserved and restored.
This remarkable property opens up boundless opportunities for organizing high profile events and fulfill the most courageous ideas. For the event organizers, the palace offers nine rooms, the biggest one, White Column Hall, could accommodate about 200 persons.
Beside the Yusupov Palace with its unique interiors, the assembly includes a “loft” style cultural center and also a large garden suitable for outdoor events.
Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art
Erarta is not only one of the most impressive museums in St. Petersburg recommended for a visit, but also an unconventional event venue prepared for hosting events of any type and complexity. The museum collection includes about 2,800 works of contemporary art of over 300 artists from many Russian regions. Such an exciting collection makes it the biggest contemporary art museum in Russia.
Painting, sculpture, graphics, installations and other forms of art could be unique decoration of any kind of event to make it truly unique and memorable. For event organizing Erarta can offer a total of 12,000 m2 of space across its 5 floors. The venue offers a vast variety of discrete spaces with a distinctive design, adaptable infrastructure, and adjustable capacity for accommodating up to 300 guests.
The National Congress Palace
The astonishing state complex “The National Congress Palace” is prepared to accommodate the most demanding intergovernmental events of any scale. Glorious Konstantin palace, the former residence of grand dukes of the Romanovs family, is the dominant of the complex. The palace is surrounded by parks and canals. Main halls of the palace are at the same time full of history and superbly equipped for carrying out the most demanding events.
Other parts of the complex are the conference center and the Marina pavilion. In the conference center, there are located the “Yacht-club”, conference hall, and executive grounds. The Marina pavilion offers the opportunity for high scale events with the capacity of up to 800 persons.
The important part of the complex is a five-star hotel “Baltic Star” with 106 rooms. The hotel also offers 5 conference-halls with various capacity.
Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg
Another 5* rated hotel facility in St Petersburg which keeps the luxury standards and world-class hospitality is the Corinthia Hotel. Located in the heart of St. Petersburg, on Nevsky Prospect, Corinthia offers spectacular views of the city. Situated on the lively Nevsky Prospekt, Corinthia Hotel allows easy direct access to major cultural sites of the city for its guests.
The hotel offers a wide range of meeting facilities including 17 meeting rooms with a total capacity of up to 1000 persons. With a 1,000-guest capacity, Corinthia Hotel claims to be the largest 5* conference and event venue in the city. Flawless service, up to date technology and non-stop conference service support make the Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg a perfect choice for any hi-end event.
The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel
The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel is a perfect place to host rather smaller events with a maximum capacity of 100-120 persons. The hotel located in the very city center opened in 2013 and represents a new part of The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. The philosophy behind the concept was to make a connection between the Hotel and the Museum.
The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel in Saint Petersburg offers the historical interiors and the highest art of hospitality standards. The hotel guests have a unique gateway to the State Hermitage Museum experience. The atmosphere of the Russian Emperors family residence and world-famous museum finds its extension in all 126 hotel rooms.
Linked to the artworks of the great Russian jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé, the Fabergé Museum was established in 2013 to become the first private museum of such national significance in modern Russia.
Today, the museum’s collection exceeds 4,000 items and represents the world’s largest works by Carl Fabergé, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs – unique historical artifacts.
The museum’s collection exceeds 4,000 items. The museum possesses the unique collection of Fabergé masterpieces, which is undoubtedly the best in the world by its scale, typological variety and the highest quality of artworks.
The museum is situated in the Shuvalov Palace on the Fontanka River and offers just a few rooms for event organizers, the largest one, the White Column Hall, 455 m2 with a maximum capacity of 200 persons.
The Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovskaya Hotel
The Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovskaya Hotel & Conference Centre St Petersburg is conveniently located mid-way between the Pulkovo Airport and the city center. Situated in the elegant area amongst historic homes, green parks, and vibrant restaurants, the hotel could be considered an ideal location for any event in St. Petersburg.
This 100% non-smoking hotel offers to its guests 842 well-appointed rooms, 3 restaurants, the on-site fitness center, and other facilities to make any stay and work pleasant and flawless.
The 4* rated Hotel & Conference Centre offers 21 meeting rooms and a well-equipped congress hall with the capacity of up to 600 people. The trained staff offers any required assistance for conferences, corporate events, seminars, and press conferences.
While St Petersburg offers a wide range of premium class venues for organizing world-class events of any scale, finding a facility with a limited budget to keep certain standards and requirements could be challenging. The 3* rated Hotel Polustrovo appears to be a good option.
Hotel “Polustrovo”, located in a quiet green micro district near the city center, is a modern hotel complex with 243 comfortable rooms.
The complex offers free parking, gym, and two restaurants. For meetings, conferences and other events there are five well-equipped meeting rooms of different capacity from 40 to 245 m2. The biggest, Big Banquet Hall, is able to accommodate up to 300 persons. The Hotel Polustrovo, perhaps is one of the top choices for those who are looking for the best value on a limited budget.