The Kempinski Moika 22 Hotel’s location is unsurpassed, directly opposite the Hermitage Museum on Palace Square in the very heart of St. Petersburg. For many tourists, the main reason for a visit to St. Petersburg is Palace Square, which was for 200 years the center of Russian government and to this day is dominated by the green, white, and gold rococo Winter Palace, the residence of the tsars from 1762 until 1917, the Admiralty, and the Hermitage Museum. The hotel is housed in a mansion designed by Basil von Witte in 1853, during the reign of Tsar Nicholas I. The classical façade of the building has been retained, while the interior has been reconstructed and decorated with antiques of the period to provide a sophisticated period ambience. Guestrooms are decorated in nautical fashion to reflect the city’s port status and incorporate the highest level of appointments including goose-down pillows and duvets, heated bathroom floors, high-speed internet access and telephone line, interactive LCD TV, and mini-bar. Suites offer views of the Hermitage Museum in Palace Square and have flowering balconies offering guests views of the boats on the Moika River, passing under the Pechevski Bridge, ceilings two meters higher than elsewhere in the hotel, a spacious sitting room and bedroom decorated with antiques and paintings from the Empire Period, a bathroom decorated in green and white marble with a bathtub and additional shower stall, a double washbasin, and Bulgari amenities. Facilities include several world class dining establishments and a fitness center and spa.