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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hotel Tries for Record Sandwich

ST. PETERSBURG -- Top St. Petersburg hotel the Grand Hotel Europe celebrated its 130th birthday Thursday with an attempt to set a world record by making a 130-meter-long sandwich with red caviar.

The gigantic sandwich, covered with 30 kilograms of red caviar, was located along Mikhailovskaya Ulitsa outside the entrance to the hotel, where its guests could sample the delicacy.

"We really want to get into the Guinness Book of Records for making the longest sandwich," said Marina Kharlamova, the hotel's PR manager.

The five-star, 301-room hotel, which opened its doors in 1875, is the country's oldest operating hotel and one of St. Petersburg's most famous addresses. In 1991, it became the first five-star hotel in modern Russia. The hotel has preserved its unique architecture and interiors.

In February, British luxury hospitality chain Orient-Express Hotels snapped up a 93.5 percent stake in the hotel for about $100 million. The company is assuming full management and operational control.

It has also announced plans to refurbish the hotel, including acquiring an adjacent building. It will purchase the remaining 6.5 percent stake, held by St. Petersburg City Hall.

The renovation of the hotel will take three years and $35 million of investment, general manager Thomas Noll said in an interview published in the German-language Internet newspaper