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
Very good location nearby the most attracting places in Saint Petersburg City...Hermitage Museum...and the other city Attractions. I liked my staying in this classy hotel...the atmosphere and Staff were very pleasant.
I stayed before in Belmont St Petersburg ( former Europe) and it was my favourite place before I stayed at Four Seasons. The advantages are perfectly working AC, specious rooms, bathrooms, interior decorations, pool. However if you care to much about quality of breakfast , then I recommend to stay at the Europa for. a divine breakfast
We arrived via Sapsan from Moscow late on a weekday evening. Arriving at the hotel by car, about a 12 minute ride, we were greeted at the door, and our luggage promptly taken by the porter.
Warmly greeted at the front desk, check in took no time at all, and we were pleasantly surprised with an upgrade to a very large and spacious premier room.
The room is beautifully, elegantly decorated, in blue and yellow pastel hues. separate hallway, 2 large double beds, closets and dressing area, and large bathroom with separate toilet and shower. Very high ceilings, and a fully functioning air conditioning system. Copious amounts of bottled mineral water supplied, and this was replenished everyday. Nespresso machine, generous selection of coffees and teas and a kettle completed the set up. Glasses were sparkling. Absolutely nothing was lacking. There were even welcome gifts of mixed nuts at the mini bar! We also had a welcome treat of cupcakes, a bottle of sparkling water and a handwritten welcome note.
Bathroom was sparkling clean, generous amount of toiletries, complete with a professional babyliss hairdryer! I have great hatred of weak useless hotel hairdryers.
We were given a room quite far from the lifts, but it was very quiet and afforded very good nights’ sleep. Bed was so comfortable. Fluffy pillows and duvet, well ironed crisp sheets.
Housekeeping is simply exemplary. Standards are kept every single day. No slip ups, no inconsistencies. A good test for me is always to use the glasses. Many hotels, even 5 star luxury ones, may take them away, but forget to replace them. Not here. Clean, crisp floor mats were always laid by the bedside, slippers lined up just so. It’s a joy to return to a properly turned down room. Nice touch with the cards, providing something to read about the famous monuments in the city, propped up by the bedside. We were there a total of 4 nights, and these cards were never repeated.
We had breakfast at the tea lounge, and the spread is definitely far from average. Roast beef for breakfast, different types of fresh juice, eggs cooked to your liking and attentiveness of staff is second to none. Used sugar packets, used glasses, cups and cutlery were discreetly swept away, with new ones promptly provided.
We ended the day’s sightseeing with a drink at Xander’s bar. It’s a lovely space, and a great place to just sit with a glass of their delicious cocktails. They have a map of cocktails, each place of interest on the map has a cocktail created for it. My only regret is that I only managed to sample 3.
We had dinner at Percorso one evening, at a table overlooking the cathedral. Fantastic Italian food, tuna tartare prepared tableside.
We only used the concierge on one occasion, and he was able to get us a window seat overlooking St Isaac’s Cathedral at an incredibly popular restaurant, and at relatively short notice.
I’m fussy about hotels, and there’s a certain standard of which I would expect of a Four Seasons. We were also at a Four Seasons in Moscow, and it was nowhere as good as this one. I have to say, this could possibly be the best one I’ve stayed in. Faultless, flawless... I would return in a heartbeat!