In pictures: SO Sofitel St. Petersburg Hotel opens its doors

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The Russian debut of the SO Sofitel brand took place with SO Sofitel St Petersburg Hotel opening its doors to guests in February. SO Sofitel is located in the heart of St Petersburg, just a few steps from St Isaac’s Cathedral and the State Hermitage Museum.

Designed by the Italian designer Antonio Citterio, guests can expect captivating views of St Petersburg’s landmark sites, the Just Say SO guest concept, the unwinding philosophy of relaxation in the SoSPA, as well as the high-society SO Parties held in the MIXO Lobby Bar, and on the panoramic HI-SO summer terrace.

Antonio Citterio drew on the Fabergé Eggs for his inspiration. These enigmatic jewellery masterpieces come to life in the hotel’s interiors in a modern interpretation. The Ortenzia Very Very Gold lighting designs are crafted from 24-carat gold, while the frozen acrylic installation by artist Jacopo Foggini, has fine details that lend the appearance of a casket of jewels.

SO Sofitel St Petersburg has137 guest-rooms and suites, ranging from the snug SO Cozy room, through to balcony SO Lofty suites, and the SO VIP apartments, which are  equipped with their own fireplace, two-seat bath with a view across to St Isaac’s Cathedral, and a bar with separate staff entrance.

The restaurants and bars of the hotel include Cococo, which offers a fresh take on classic Russian cuisine. The restaurant offers dishes with a synthesis of traditional recipes and flavours, revealed and achieved with unique textures, shapes and combinations. The design of Cococo restaurant, just like its cuisine, is modern yet undeniably Russian: bright, extraordinary, understandable and ironic.

MIXO Bar is an oasis of social life and the centre of St Petersburg’s most fashionable events. Take an armchair seat by the fireplace, socialise or enjoy the special atmosphere accompanied by a variety of specially created drinks.

When spring arrives the renewed HI-SO panorama terrace will be opened, with sweeping views of the city. As the venue for parties to the sounds of world-famous DJs, it is also a place to enjoy gourmet food.

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