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
Hard to put into words just how amazing our stay was at the Four Seasons Lion Palace. First, you're literally staying in a former Palace when you stay here. When you first arrive and walk past the two lion statues guarding the entrance, it feels like stepping back in time and that you are Russian nobility. Service was fantastic throughout our stay and didn't miss a beat with the New Year's Eve crowd, especially the bar staff at Zander. There was so many little things that made this one of my favorite hotel stays I've experienced. A surprise champagne delivery during the afternoon of the 31st, excellent caviar selection and presentation are just some of the touches that really stood out. Let's not forget the hotel's awesome location, short walks to all the major museums of St Petersburg and to all the New Year's Eve celebrations around the city. St Petersburg is an amazing city and there isn't a better place to stay that brings to live all of the city's history and grandeur.
I just love this type of Four Seasons property . Its an old palace that has been beautifully restored and renovated and is really a privilege to stay here. I find that general modern Fs properties are not that exciting to stay in as they are quite formulaic .The technology in the bedrooms in general of all FS properties i have stayed in could really be brought into the 21st century ie the use of mood lighting , up to the minute audio/visual etc . Dont get me wrong the FS SPB is superb, just saying that for a high end brand FS needs to up its game in the bedrooms . I digress ! The common areas are outstanding with the Zander bar so superbly appointed that it was hard to leave. The restaurants are beautiful and the main staircase is breathtaking- never mind the sights of SPB the inside of the hotel is worth a visit on its own. Great value for money compared to other FS properties , stay here without hesitation
One of the greatest hotel (even at FS Eastern Europe) that we have stayed. As always a great location, present staff, very comfortable rooms (7 meters in the bathroom to reach a bath). Breakfast is very good. Pool and gym very nice. It is the first time ever found was really hot (Russian style).
My flight was delayed from the original arrival time of 16:15 to actual arrival time of 20:00 and we would miss the ballet at Mariinsky at 19:00. Fortunately I had the hotel to pick us up at the airport. We were so glad to meet Maria from the hotel the moment we walked out of the gate after customs at 20:30. She was holding a sign and had been waiting for us for almost 4 hours. She greeted us and told us she had checked and we still had time for the 3rd section of the ballet starting at 21:25. Maria actually arranged her colleague Egor to drop us at the theatre first and then send our luggage to the hotel. How thoughtful she was, otherwise, we would have missed the whole ballet.
It was a cold and raining night and I was wondering how we could walk back to the hotel with this weather after the ballet. Then we were surprised to see Egor waiting for us outside the theatre. He actually dropped our luggage and came back to wait for us. This really make my night and I gave Egor a big hug.
The hotel room was spacious located in an excellent location. All museums are within walking distance. Breakfast was excellent, service was good. We have a great time there and I highly recommend Four Seasons Lion Palace to other visitors.
Welcomed by a beautiful flower arrangement in the lobby which instantly gives you a good feeling. Fabulous hotel with character, right next to St. Isaac Cathedral.
Great breakfast area. Could sit there for hours.
Friendly staff (Doormen, Maids, Lobby)