GRAND HOTEL EUROPE CELEBRATES 149
Here, Emperor Nicholas II hosted a diplomatic reception for the Prince of Siam, Bill Clinton and Dmitry Nabokov dined, Bernard Shaw met Maxim Gorky, Anna Pavlova met Victor Dandre, and the hotel team served a reception on behalf of the city's mayor in honor of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.
It was here in February 1927 that an unknown and talented 20-year-old Dmitry Shostakovich came to the world-famous Sergei Prokofiev. The aspiring composer performed a sonata of his own composition, which received the sincere praise of the master. Moved by the wave of inspiration, the encouraged Shostakovich wrote several more piano pieces in a short time.
In 1932, Isaac Dunaevsky wrote the music for the film "Cheerful Guys", while visiting the film director Georgy Alexandrov, who lived here, at the hotel. During short lunch breaks, they used to go up to the roof top restaurant of the "European" and admire the springful Leningrad.
In 1905, restaurant "Europe" became the first gastronomic institution in Russia with electric lighting — a symbol of a new industrial society — and in 1991, Grand Hotel Europe became the first five-star hotel in Russia.
19th-century Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky was our frequent. A quotation from archived documents demonstrates his reaction to the building’s construction and the progressive nature of the hotel in the 1870s: "... here is the architecture of a modern, large hotel, efficient with hundreds of rooms, a huge industrial enterprise."
Today the hotel celebrates and continues its glorious history...