Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Russia

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    New life breathed into an ancient palace

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    New life breathed into an ancient palace

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    New life breathed into an ancient palace

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    New life breathed into an ancient palace

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    New life breathed into an ancient palace

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    New life breathed into an ancient palace

Why we choose Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg

Fit for royalty then and now, Lion Palace offers a trifecta of location, amenities and design

  • Get used to being chauffeured in a Rolls Royce Ghost
  • Take an unforgettable dip in the rooftop, glass-enclosed pool
  • Splurge on the Presidential Suite, accessed by a grand staircase

St. Petersburg prefers to emphasize its royal roots rather than its Soviet past, and this palace-turned-hotel certainly fits that theme. Its distinctive triangular layout helps it stand out in a sea of classic architecture. The best views of all that architecture are from the Terrace Rooms, which offer a straight shot to St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

What you need to know about the hotel

The Four Seasons touch has breathed new life into an old palace, making history and luxury the perfect pair

  • The spa features four levels of indulgence to wash away the effects of time-zone crossings
  • Think you’ve sampled a few vodkas in your time? Wait until you taste the selections at Xander Bar
  • The entrance is flanked by twin lions, famous for their appearance in Pushkin’s 1833 poem, “The Bronze Horseman”

Everyone should stay in a real palace at least once, and the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace is a perfect opportunity. The early 19th century home of Princess Lobanova-Rostovskaya has been carefully restored to a 177-room luxury hotel—the first Four Seasons in Russia.

“Lion Palace” is part of the hotel’s name in part because of the white lion statues guarding the building, but also because what they represent—the history of the stunning palace—is on display at every turn. Luckily, this homage to a bygone era feels charming rather than dated. Added to all this history is a full complement of amenities, including four restaurants and lounges and a great spa topped by an indoor pool.

Where is it and what's nearby

Occupying a prime spot by St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the hotel lucked into a beautiful—and accessible—location

  • If you only hit one museum, make it the Hermitage inside the Winter Palace, a breathtaking peek at Russian history
  • When you’re in the land of caviar, it’s almost rude not to partake at every opportunity
  • Schedule a night at the Mariinsky Theatre, especially if the Mariinsky Ballet (formerly the Kirov Ballet) is at home

The Four Seasons sits in the historic center of St. Petersburg, facing St. Isaac Square and Alexander Garden with easy access to almost everything on your “to-see” list. To get a feel for the city, we recommend you simply start walking, taking in the architecture and every museum you can find. St. Petersburg is known as Russia’s cultural center, so you’ll be in hog heaven if you’re at all an arts fan.

If you happen to be in the city for the start of midsummer’s White Nights, be sure to secure a private boat (bring a bottle of Champagne, of course) and take in the awe-inspiring opening of the bridges along the Neva River. 

How to enjoy St. Petersburg

Culture vulture? Indulge in the delicious hangover from the older days of communism, when art was considered to be a staple, not only for the privileged. From fine art, to architecture, literature and performing arts, St Petersburg is a celebration of creativity

  • In vibrant contrast with its more sinister name, the medieval Church of Spilled Blood is candy store bright, with colourful onion-shaped domes
  • Take a hydrofoil from the jetty outside the Hermitage to visit the Summer Palace. As grand and opulent as Versailles
  • Nevsky Prospekt is the center of the city’s cultural and social life. Linger in a cafe for people watching, just as Dostoevsky and Gogol before you

St Petersburg will be the most indulgent treat, if you enjoy the arts. Ask the hotel concierge for tickets that are not just to the (very beautiful) Mariinsky Theatre but to any local music concerts. There are excellent recitals happening almost every evening in unassuming halls. Must see sights include the Winter Palace. We defy you to keep your mouth closed as your jaw will drop in awe.

If you’re visiting in winter choose a bright day to see the Hermitage. The gold trim on the imposing façade glitters in the sunlight beautifully. While on the subject of winter, note that the heating will be on full blast inside your hotel, stores, museums etc. You’ll poach in your thermals, dozen layers, scarves, hat and gloves. It pays to invest in polar quality kit that’s very warm and protects your face but doesn’t require half an hour in a vestibule to put on or take off.

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    When to visit St. Petersburg

    Visit between May and July to catch the White Nights Festival. An annual international arts festival, it runs during the ‘season of the midnight sun’ and features a series of classical ballet, opera and music events and includes performances by Russian dancers, singers, musicians and actors, as well as famous international guest stars.

  • A word from the hotel

    Try Italian cheeses made in Russia in our Percorso Restaurant.
    Andrea Accordi, Executive Chef

  • We say

    From the White Nights to the magic of winter, it’s a romantic palace fit for a king.

  • A word from the hotel

    Enjoy a glass of Louis Roederer on our beautiful Terrace.
    Richard Raab, Manager

  • We say

    Easy walking to all points of interest.

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