Soviet Ad of Leningrad Hotel Astoria

Soviet Ad of Leningrad Hotel Astoria

1970s, Soviet Union, St. Petersburg, Hotel “Astoria”. A piece of seductive Western world in the coldest big city in the world. And this was a special “only for VIP and foreigners” advertisement to attract them into this forbidden world in Soviet country. Just a few photos to feel the times.

Soviet Ad of Leningrad Hotel Astoria

Soviet Ad of Leningrad Hotel Astoria

Soviet Ad of Leningrad Hotel Astoria

Soviet Ad of Leningrad Hotel Astoria

Soviet Ad of Leningrad Hotel Astoria

Soviet Ad of Leningrad Hotel Astoria

Soviet Ad of Leningrad Hotel Astoria

Soviet Ad of Leningrad Hotel Astoria

By the way it’s not the only Soviet hotel appealing to foreigners we had on this blog. For example this one is a funny ad for the hotel in Soviet Tallinn. Or if you are into the Soviet hotels then this post is about Moscow hotel in Soviet times.

8 thoughts on “Soviet Ad of Leningrad Hotel Astoria”

  1. Is it the same woman on the last two photos
    (hairstyle and body mass index is the same)?
    On one photo the woman is serving wine to invisible people. On another photo the same woman is soliciting sex
    in the hotel bar (she even opened her dress between her legs to the guy in front of her).
    Is she a party member or what?

    • If it was the type of prostitutes they had I would had preferred a soviet bear hooker on a unicycle, that would have been more attractive and entertaining for sure… Or the chick from the other post made a while ago for the Estonian hotel Olumpia in Tallinn 😉

  2. I remember my tour bus passing by the Astoria back in July, 1969, on the way to the Europa hotel, which was more in my group’s price range.

  3. That woman is Shelly Winters. The bar picture is from a scene cut from the original “Poseidon Adventure.” Before the tidal wave turned the ship over of course.

  4. Camel Cigarettes on the shelf in the bar. Signs below the wall light indicate that they took Carte Blanche and Bank Americard (Visa). In the US, the name “Astoria” would be most closely associated with John Jacob Astor, and the Waldorf Astoria hotel that was named for him. I can’t help but notice that this ad doesn’t exactly feature the rooms.

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