The Lion Palace in St. Petersburg Will Roar Again This Weekend...as a Four Seasons
In continuing with our luxury hotel news today, we just wanted to inform you that the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace in St. Petersburg will be opening this Sunday, July 7. Reservations for the hotel opened up back in April but that was when we thought the hotel was opening August 1. Now it's practically a month ahead of schedule. We likey.
The hotel has 151 rooms and 26 suites, all with views of either Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, the Aleksandrovsky Garden or the landmark Admiralty. Yet despite this being a new hotel, it's not entirely new money here. The Lion Palace dates back to the early 19th century when it was an apartment building for Russian royalty which was guarded by two marble lions. It was even name-checked in a poem by Alexander Pushkin in 1833, The Bronze Horseman. It's a perfect fit for Four Seasons.
As for the guest rooms, they are very much in the traditional and subdued Four Seasons style, as opposed to any Russian glitz. But they will have all the modern amenities such as a full marble bathroom, giant flat-screen TVs, another TV set within the bathroom mirror and high-speed internet along with toiletries from L'Occitane, Hermès and Bulgari.
The hotel's courtyard atrium will feature a Tea Lounge which will host afternoon tea and also breakfast. The Xander bar will offer 40 different vodkas (of course), as well as champagne and cigars. The hotel's Japanese restaurant, Sintoho,will open later this month while the Italian restaurant, Percoso, is set to open in December.
The hotel also has a spa in the works, including a relaxation pool but that is still "coming soon." All other Four Seasons hotel luxuries however will be in place this Sunday, including 24-hour room service, a fitness center, a variety of business services, and even a children's program. Rates start at 13,000 RUB a night for a superior room which is about $390 USD.
[Photo: Four Seasons St. Petersburg]