Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg

A regal Russian retreat

It stands to reason that a visit to a city as regal as St. Petersburg is best complemented by a stay in a bona fide royal residence. Enter Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, a luxurious property tucked within a restored 19th-century mansion with a pair of white marble lions guarding its stately entrance.

The awe-inspiring address represents Four Seasons’ first foray into Russia, and what an introduction it is. Imposing ivory columns, a gorgeous granite grand staircase and walnut paneling set the scene for an enchanting escape while a sumptuous, four-story spa allows you to luxuriate like a king or queen.

When you’re ready to retire, 183 generously adorned rooms and suites transport you to 1820s St. Petersburg, but with the bonus of 21st-century creature comforts like heated terraces and LCD TVs built into the bathroom mirrors.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg’s location can’t be beat. It is just behind St Isaac’s Square and sits a short distance from major cultural landmarks like the State Hermitage Museum, Mariinsky Theatre, Kazan Cathedral and Mikhailovsky Castle.
  • The four-story Luceo Spa is worth lingering over. Constructed in the palace’s original courtyard, the wellness center is crowned with a sky-lit, adults-only pool that beckons after your caviar-, gold- or amber-filled treatment.
  • Get a taste of imperial Russia in The Tea Lounge. Naturally lit by a glass roof, the stunning space (plush settees, fresh flowers, crystal chandlers) provides a fitting setting for a classic tea service or caviar tasting.
  • Named for Tsar Alexander I, Xander Bar brings history to life with its wood-paneled walls and classically inspired nautical artwork. Sip on a pre-dinner cocktail by the roaring fire or end your evening with a sweet treat like strawberry millefeuille (a delicate, multi-layered pastry) or a meringue-topped lemon tart.
  • If you’re looking for an ultra-exclusive St. Petersburg experience, ask the concierge to arrange a champagne-paired riverboat cruise, a pre-opening tour of the nearby Hermitage Museum or a behind-the-scenes peek of a ballet rehearsal at Mikhailovsky Theatre — all of these are regularly available through the luxury hotel.

Things to Know

  • To make the most of the hotel’s fantastic St. Petersburg views, book a room on the fifth floor. Each of these accommodations boasts a terrace with heated floors, so you can enjoy the vistas even through Russia’s brutal winters.
  • The property maintains a fleet of BMW limousines to help you get around town in style.
  • Every aspect of this St. Petersburg hotel is indulgent — even the 24-hour fitness center is outfitted with a floor-to-ceiling crystal chandelier as a centerpiece.

The Rooms

  • Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace’s 154 rooms and 26 suites are all adorned to reflect their 19th-century origins. Extravagant details include high ceilings, plush headboards, walnut wood furnishings and ornate chandeliers.
  • Echoing the colorful city just outside your window, rooms feature a pleasantly bright palette of pale yellow, green and blue.
  • Marble-clad bathrooms offer soaking tubs and separate rainforest showers stocked with amenities by Roja Dove. Look out for the TVs embedded in the bathroom mirrors.
  • To enjoy a regal retreat, check into the palatial Lobanov Presidential Suite. The 1,636-square-foot accommodation comes with a spa-like marble bathroom and an impressive living room (complete with crystal chandeliers), but the highlight is the spacious balcony overlooking the historic Admiralty building and surrounding park.

The Restaurants

  • Start your day with an opulent breakfast spread in the light and airy Tea Lounge. Beyond the basic eggs-and-bread basket, you’ll find locally inspired dishes like an omelet elevated with Kamchatka crab and salmon caviar or sweet blini topped with blueberry compote, sour cream and vanilla sauce.
  • The elegant Tea Lounge offers an all-day menu of traditional Russian fare, from borscht (cold beet soup) served in a rye bread bowl to beef stroganoff with truffle mashed potatoes.
  • A moniker derived from the first letters of “Singapore,” “Tokyo” and “Hong Kong,” Sintoho churns out delicious plates representing the best of each of these Asian cities. A 10-seat sushi counter and a semi-private teppanyaki grill room add an extra dose of entertainment to your dining experience.
  • Enjoy a culinary tour of Italy at Percorso, a surprisingly modern dining room within the palace. Dig into colorful dishes like yellowfin tuna tartare with artichokes and pistachios, and pacchero nero (black ink pasta with smoked Kamchatka crab and porcini mushrooms), or stop by for a family-style Sunday lunch.

24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Fitness classes
House car
Indoor pool
Meeting rooms
Pet friendly
Getting There
1 Voznesensky Prospekt, St. Petersburg, 190000 Russia
NeighborhoodAdmiralteysky District
LED (24-45 min)  
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