Built in 1840, along with the neighboring Astoria, the Angleterre remains one of St. Petersburg's most convenient hotels. The building is beautiful, with high ceilings and great views of the cathedral. The interior, designed by the hotelier and designer Olga Polizzi, retains the looks of the original hotel here, but with modern luxury in mind. The rooms have hardwood floors and simple decor in a beige and red color scheme. Breakfast is good, with a wide choice that even includes champagne. The Borsalino restaurant serves delicious Italian food, but, like almost all hotel restaurants in Russia, it's very pricey. Robes and slippers are provided, but be sure to bring your own bathroom amenities, such as shampoo, as the hotel may not provide them.