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It List: The Best New Hotels 2012

W St. Petersburg

Courtesy of W Hotels Worldwide

City: W St. Petersburg, Russia

Russia’s intellectual capital, traditionally known for its opulent palace retreats, is shaking up the hotel scene with the launch of the W St. Petersburg, the Eastern European debut for Starwood’s fast-growing, fashion-centric brand. Just a five-minute walk from the Hermitage, in the heart of the city’s history-rich center, the property’s 19th-century limestone-and-marble-clad façade belies modern interiors that are inspired by Fabergé eggs. The 137 guest rooms feature etched mirrors, drapes and fabrics dressed in gold and burgundy, and hand-carved metal lamps that sparkle. Come sunset, we found our way to the lively rooftop lounge and sipped cocktails while taking in vistas of the grand domes and gilded spires of the centuries-old city. whotels.com. $$$

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