Four Seasons to Open in Former Palace in St. Petersburg
The Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg is set to open this summer, following extensive renovations to the property. The former palace is being turned into a 177-room hotel that will house two bars, two restaurants, a spa, and meeting and event space.
The property was originally designed a palace and its apartments were occupied by Russian elite for just seven years before it became a government ministry. Its owner was Princess Cleopatra Lobanova-Rostovskaya, who was married to Prince Alexey Lobanov-Rostovsky, a close associate of Czar Alexander. It was later used as a hostel, a school, and a state government office, and its various occupants did not necessarily maintain it terribly well. Today is being restored back to its original “House with Lions” design.
The triangular property has 151 rooms and 26 suites. Each room is designed to be reminiscent of a 19th century private apartment, albeit with modern technologies and amenities.
The hotel’s dining options include Percorso, an Italian restaurant offering modern specialties, as well as a private dining room for 12 and an open kitchen, and Sintoho, a Japanese venue specializing in Northern Asian cuisine. There is also the Tea Lounge, which features breakfast and traditional afternoon tea, and Xander Bar, offering caviar, smoked salmon, cigars, and 40 different vodkas.
The property’s Montferrand Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 350 guests for dinner, while seven separate meeting rooms offer additional space, totaling 8,450 square feet (785 square meters).
When it opens, the hotel will have a spa with six treatment rooms, a Russian-style saunas, and a fitness center. There will also be a relaxation pool on the property.
The Lion Palace was immortalized in Alexander Pushkin’s 1833 poem, The Bronze Horseman:
A corner mansion then ascended;
And where its lofty perron ended
Two sentry lions stood at guard like living things,
And kept their ward with paw uplifted.