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
I visited St. Petersburg June 19 to 24 for the Crimson Sails festival. I stayed in a suite, as did the 15 other travelers in my group. My mouth dropped when I was led to my room, because it looked and felt so luxurious. Everything was so easy because the staff and service were impeccable. The breakfast in the tea room offered every option imaginable. I had a delicious meal at the Italian restaurant. (Percorso?). The Four Seasons catered several events for us, such as a caviar and Vodka tasting, private dinners and a lunch on a yacht. The tour operator we were with arranged those, but I recognized some Four Seasons staff on the yacht. I was so busy visiting all the sites that I didn’t get a chance to try the spa, although I heard great things from a fellow traveler. The hotel’s location is perfect and you can walk to the main attractions. The only thing I was missing from my room was an ironing board, because I needed to quickly iron something and didn’t want to bother the housekeeping staff to bring one up to my room. But I did have my clothes laundered and it arrived back in the room quickly (much earlier than the 6.p.m delivery time). I wish I could have stayed longer!
We stayed during our holiday in St Petersburg and I can only say the hotel was exceptional and added to our stay
The staff, food and location could not be improved on.
Our room was great the breakfast terrific and our Russian enspired evening meal fabulous
The Four Seasons made our trip to St Petersburg truly wonderful. The concierge team were fantastic finding us a great guide and arranging 3 days of trips. The hotel room was comfortable, large and had a view overlooking St Issac Cathedral. We felt properly looked after, with the hotel helping us sort everything from taxi’s to restaurants (with the best views). We definitively recommend.
Wonderful experience. Treated like royalty by first class staff. A credit to you each and every one. Thank you. What a Palace and what views. Great City my second trip in six months and to return late Nov again
Thank you all so much
Anthony Aron Cardiff uk
We enjoyed relaxing at beautiful hotel room, Instead of tuning around many new site we could visit. We loved morning coffee at Balcony with beautiful view. We also enjoyed Belga caviar with vodka tasting at their Bar. Their service was superb.