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One of great hotels of the 19th-century Europe, the Grand Hotel Europe opened its doors to the public on 28 January 1875, replacing an earlier inn situated on the same site.
The hotel was featured in the 1995 James Bond movie GoldenEye. However, none of the movie was shot at the hotel, the exterior used was actually the Langham Hotel, London, while the interiors were sets.
Its marble-and-gilt interiors, sweeping staircases and elegant furniture have attracted crowds of well-to-do visitors, including Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Elton John, Bill Clinton, Ivan Turgenev, Claude Debussy, H. G. Wells, Igor Stravinsky, Gustav V of Sweden, Bo Savander and Jacques Chirac to name only a few notables who lodged there.
The hotel was renamed the 'Belmond Grand Hotel Europe' in 2014 when its parent company, Orient-Express Hotels, was renamed Belmond Ltd.
- Bogdanov, I. A. (1999). Гранд-отель Европа в Санкт-Петербурге [Grand Hotel Europe in Saint Petersburg] (in Russian). Saint Petersburg.
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