While Peter the Great was known to prefer more humble accommodations, Catherine the Great certainly would have approved: nearly two centuries after its debut as the city’s most exclusive residence, the “House with Lions” is reborn as Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg. Ideally situated next to St. Isaac’s Cathedral – and designed by the same architect – the edifice immortalised in Alexander Pushkin’s most famous poem gives way to glamorous new hotel accommodations, dining and drinking concepts, event spaces and soon, the city’s most sumptuous spa.“Years of meticulous restoration and perfecting of the guest experience are setting the stage for a new era of style and luxury in St. Petersburg,” says Christopher Norton, who is President – Europe, Middle East and Africa for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “At Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, the romance of imperial life meets modern luxury with exquisite precision, creating a hotel experience like no other,” says General Manager Martin Rhomberg.
“We proudly open our doors and welcome Russians and international travellers back inside this landmark palace.” A New Era The iconic triangular building in the heart of St. Petersburg was originally conceived by Auguste Montferrand as the private address of the city’s elite, with a see-and-be-seen grand lobby leading to a number of fashionable apartments, conveniently located just steps from the Winter Palace. Today, a guest awakening in the luxe comfort of a signature Four Seasons bed and looking out through high windows at Peter’s great city may be forgiven for imagining themselves in another time, while those coming to meet, drink and dine in the Hotel’s extraordinary restaurants and bar will know that they are living at the leading edge of the 21st century.