Hotel St.Petersbourg history
The oldest hotel in Tallinn
Hotel St. Petersbourg – a unique gem among Tallinn hotels. The history of the hotel building at Rataskaevu 7 dates back to the 14th century – it was mentioned for the first time in 1373 in connection with Burgermeister Peter Stokstrop’s widow. In 1850 the hotel was redesigned by prestigious architect Christian August Gabler, making the St. Petersbourg the oldest operating hotel in Tallinn, Estonia.
The hotel was not left untouched by the revolutionary times that affected Estonia in the 1940s. On 22 November 1940 the Soviet Union nationalised the hotel.
During the Soviet era the hotel was in the possession of the government and was used to accommodate government officials – including Soviet party leader and head of state Leonid Brezhnev.
The building bore the name ‘Hotel Rataskaevu’ at the time.
The oldest hotel in Estonia, St.Petersbourg Tallinn hotel was renovated in 1999 and renamed ‘St. Petersbourg’. The Tallinn hotel gained its current appearance during the renovations that began in 2013 and were completed in early 2014, when the hotel’s interior design was thoroughly renewed by renowned British interior design agency Andrew Martin.