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Four Seasons Opens St. Petersburg Reservations, Adds Moscow

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April 9, 2013 at 12:03 PM | by | ()

While we were hoping for a late 2012 opening when we had a first look at some of its photos, things rarely go our way like that in a world of hotel delays, but reservations for Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace in St. Petersburg have now finally started for arrivals from August 1 this year. And as a bonus, the group has confirmed the long in the works Four Seasons Moscow, due later in 2013 right next to the capital’s Red Square, as well.

Dating back to the early 19th century, Four Seasons Lion Palace started its life as an apartment building for the city’s elite, and was famous enough in its day to be captured by Alexander Pushkin in 1833 in his poem The Bronze Horseman.

After years of restoration (check out the elaborate ceiling work below), the triangular-shaped building will have 151 rooms and 26 suites. These start of at Superior rooms in the 400-500 square foot range, right through to a 1636 sq ft Presidential Suite with a vast terrace.

We’re happy to see the hotel will have something other than the seemingly ubiquitous Italian restaurant (although one will follow later this year), with main dining venue Sintoho being ‘a Japanese-style concept featuring northern Asian cuisine’. Derived from the first letters of Singapore, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, there will be a sushi counter, two main dining areas, and a semi-private teppanyaki dining room.

The courtyard atrium will contain the Tea Lounge, which aside from afternoon tea, will be the place for breakfast. Xander Bar (named after Tsar Alexander II), will offer 40 different vodkas, as well as champagnes and cigars. A four-floor spa will follow later in the year, with treatment rooms, Russian-style saunas, and a relaxation pool.

Four Seasons Moscow

The official Four Seasons Moscow website has limited photos at this point, but we stumbled upon a range of renderings right here. The modern re-imagination of the 1930s Hotel Moskva, Four Seasons will be similar in size to Lion Palace, with 139 rooms and 36 suites. The imposing building will contain two restaurants, bar, tea lounge, spa and poolside café, as well as residential and office space.

Rates at in St. Petersburg start at RUB13,000 ($413) for a Superior room mid-August. Reservations for Four Seasons Moscow are not open yet, but if the nearby Ritz-Carlton is anything to go by, we’d expect these to be upwards of $500 a night.

[Photos: Four Seasons Hotels, rendering: hotel-moskva.com]

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