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
While I was expecting my experience at the Four Seasons Hotel Lion to be good, I was surprised at the level of excellence at almost every level. Over a 5 day period, food, accommodation, and service were consistently good. A meal at almost midnight at the Italian restaurant, a meal we were late for due to a late finishing theater performance, was accommodated with grace and professionalism. Breakfast service was excellent with staff recognizing me by name by the second day.Concierge services, which we utilized for transport, receiving documents, and shopping guidance was wonderful.Our room was exceedingly comfortable with the bed being as good as any we've experienced. Climate was accurately controlled and, for a person who is very noise sensitive, noise levels were tomb-like.Very occasionally we would encounter moderately brusque staff interaction, but this was the exception and not the rule.While I don't visit St. Petersburg frequently, I would immediately choose the Four Seasons for any future visit I might make.
My husband and I stayed in this beautiful Palace (it didn't feel like an hotel at all!...) in October 2018. We were right to choose the Four Seasons!
Its location is very good, next to St. Isaac Cathedral and opposite Admiralty square, in a quiet area of St. Petersburg, but within walking distance to main attractions.
The hotel building is superb, well maintained with lots of security. Check in was smooth, very sweet lady. As I had made reservations through Amex Platinum Travel Services, we were granted early check in, breakfast and spa credit (which we didn't use as we're not spa fans...). The room upgrade was unavailable at the time of check in, so we stayed in the originally designated bedroom, which was all the same, excellent.
Comfortable bed, beautiful bathroom with separate tub, shower, WC. First-class amenities, TV embedded on the mirror! Fluffy towels and bathrobes.
Convenient Nespresso machine (only coffee, had to ask for milk), welcome gift, and a hand-written postcard from manager (even though it was written in Russian, so we guessed what it said...).
Breakfast was complete and varied, everything good quality.
We had dinner at the three restaurants - all outstanding, different experiences. We were so tired at night that we didn't feel like exploring the area for finding other dining options.
The pool area is wonderful, with all its water massage relaxing "sources".
Concierge was helpful with organizing our trip to Peterhof on a Sunday morning. She arranged a taxi service, who drove us to Peterhof and waited while we visited that amazing location.
As our train for Helsinki departed very early in the morning, we received a "to-go" breakfast provided in an elegant box.
It was my first experience at Four Seasons and it was an extremely pleasant one! Thanks for helping me discover other way of travelling... this is really first-class!
Thank you for an unforgettable week! Two tired toddlers' parents were taken care of by professional staff on so many levels! From a warm welcome at the airport with a friendly chauffeur to extremely helpful concierge staff who planned and arranged memorable excursions including a highly educated guide, safe chauffeur and booking of tickets to the Marinski ballet. After sightseeing activities the relaxing Lucelo Spa was a perfect paradise!! Our hotel room was upgraded and we experienced it as delicate spacious sanctuary. The hotel's restaurants served exquisite food, the Pecorso and Sintoho exceeded our expectations and we followed up with tasty signature drinks by the fireplace at Xander bar. The hotel; with its location, its historic and iconic design but most of all its friendly and helpful staff that treated us as extended family gave us the best holiday we could dream of!
The entire staff is excellent!!!The hotel service is excellent!!The hotel is beautiful!!! And The vodka and the caviar tasting was a great experience at the bar.There are so many great things in this hotel, it is the hotel to be when you are in St Petersburg.
Dear Mr. Murillo,
I am addressing directly to you because I know you will read every single review and welcome each guest stay with a personal note yourself. You previously commented on my FS Marrakesh review that you have not come across someone that determines a holiday destination by checking what cities FS are presented. So I want to thank you once again for your very gracious and capable staff, especially Natalia of the Concierge team who is very well deserving of her Les Clefs d’Or honor. With the difficulty and stress of navigating in a foreign country, I have come to rely more and more on the gifted concierge team of FS over the years and the Lions Palace team is certainly one of the best I have had the honor to rely on, even by FS standard.