Four Seasons Lion Palace St. Petersburg
What We Love
- The sweeping, larger-than-life granite staircase
- Birch branches in the Russian steam room, part of the hotel’s acclaimed four-level spa
- Walk-in rainforest showers in all guest rooms
- A naturally lit central Tea Lounge
What To Know
- This 19th-century palace took nearly eight years to restore
- The multilingual staff can arrange for private access to area landmarks
- Upon request, personal trainers are available at the 24-hour onsite fitness center
- The outdoor spaces on the fifth floor Terrace Suites have heated floors
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Touched-up 19th-century aristocratic manse balancing imperial grandeur with slick service, in the heart of St. Petersburg
From the Renaissance-era lion sculptures that guard its gates (originally intended for the Medici clan in Florence) to the champagne-and-caviar welcome reception, the royalty quotient is off the charts at this opulent Leningrad escape. The lemon yellow façade and white colonnades are lavish leftovers from its days as the Lobanov-Rostovsky palace, a swanky, museum-like residence for a prince credited with bringing northern Manchuria under Russian rule. Rooms are imperial fever dreams, furnished with custom-built ivory wardrobes, velvet curtains, and bathroom mirrors that morph into televisions. At the property’s four-level Luceo spa, an award-winning space dressed in an almost exclusively all-natural ensemble of wood, stone and minerals, there’s a glass-topped adults-only pool. Fittingly, this imperial Eden is also the site of some of St. Petersburg’s most cutting-edge dining experiences, which include Sintoho, a ritzy Pan-Asian bistro with a sushi bar and private teppanyaki table. Though a traditional Tea Lounge breakfast, complete with blinis and Kamchatka crab omelets, would please even the most ostentatious oligarch.
In the Area
As Russia’s second-largest metropolis, St. Petersburg’s gilded domes, spires and canals led Goethe to dub it “the Venice of the North” once upon a time. For a deeper look at the city’s staggering wealth and beauty, take the two-block stroll to the Hermitage, one of the oldest museums in existence that began as the private collection of Catherine the Great before blossoming into 365 rooms and three million objects, which include the world’s largest collection of paintings. The hotel’s snazzy Admiralteysky District address means you’re also within walkabout distance of Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg’s main drag, a nearly three-mile stretch teeming with century-old department stores.
How to Get There
This hotel was the first stop on our journey through Russia, Mongolia, and China. The property is absolutely beautiful, We walked up one set of majestic stairs to a fabulous "lobby" and then to our well-appointed room. Wonderful service, restful and beautiful room. Excellent breakfast, too. Lovely stay!!
It is a beautiful structure with extraordinary service, ameniities, staff, and food. (Who would have thought that we would have some of the finest meals of our lives at a hotel in Russia? We ate there every night.) Staff could not have been kinder, or more considerate and eager to take the best of care of their guests, and spoke Good to Excellent English. I can't recommend the hotel highly enough.
We have traveled halfway the world and have always lived in hotels of the 5 star category. However, our stay at the Four Seasons Hotel was a very special one, since we did not know the comfort and the friendliness in this form: the hotel splendid and tastefully furnished, perfectly central, the staff always very friendly (and not intrusive), the food and in particular the breakfast buffet - a dream! Even the general manager spared no contact and was always careful that all guests are satisfied. In the background was the always inconspicuous security that gave security - although there was no reason to be afraid. We felt and we in heaven - whether that will be so beautiful? Congratulations, the owner and the team here is unique. Back soon!
We spent 5 nights in St Petersburg as a family and had a wonderful experience at this hotel. Warm, friendly, professional staff made for a very special experience. Luxurious room with super comfortable bed and accommodations. Several great restaurants with an incredible breakfast every morning and awesome bar at night. Concierge staff was outstanding and so helpful. Walk to all the best sights. Highly recommend.
Beautiful Hotel, professional and kind staff, very nice and comfortable rooms, the various restaurants inside all very good. Not very big the pool but comfortable and clean. Recommended structure also for families.