We just come back from a 3-night stay at Four Seasons Lion Palace.
We had booked a Deluxe one-bedroom suite and we were lucky enough to be upgraded to an Admiralty one-bedroom suite on the Noble floor with a terrace overlooking St Isaac. Hard product is impressive, the only other hotel where we felt such feeling of grandeur was Four Seasons Florence.
Hotel is not fully operational yet. Swimming pool is closed, and about 40 rooms (out of 183) are not completed. There is still absolutely no noise or no visible area under work.
The suite itself is not so large but lay-out is perfect, with ample storage space (large closet in foyer and walk-in closet between bedroom & bathroom). Coffee machine, 3 televisions, 2 Blu-Ray players, all expected amenities in a 5-star hotel are there. Bathroom products are from Bvlgari (thé vert). Soundproofing is excellent, you can hear absolutely no noise from outside, but the door with the connecting bedroom needs more insulation.
Housekeeping is just perfect, Aman style! Each time we would leave the suite even for 20 minutes we could see that it had been checked upon return. Discrete and efficient service!
We had booked transfers from and to the airport through Concierge desk. It is 4.000 Rub one-way with a BMW (3 pax) or 4.500 Rub with a mini-van (6 pax). We also used local taxi charged to the room at normal Russian price, Four Seasons mark-up is reasonable.
We had drinks several times at Xander bar and we had breakfast / lunch at Tea Lounge. Frankly speaking the breakfast buffet is disappointing. Choice is inconsistent from one day to the next, bread / toasts / scones are not good. But a la carte choice is excellent. I loved the Lion Palace Benedict eggs! So my advice would be to have breakfast in room. Save from the buffet. Service was still absolutely perfect, friendly and professional. Actually best service I ever experienced in Russia (way better than Ritz Carlton Moscow)!
We had dinner in la Mansarda (top floor of Gazprom building) near the hotel with a great view over St Isaac dome, and at Stroganoff steakhouse also closely located to FSLP. However tables were not great, we had better experience with W concierge who was able to secure the very best in terms of location / view.
Fitness centre is very well equipped. No natural light but plenty of towels, water, fruits and cereal bars.
Even security which can be overzealous in Russia remains discrete and despite VIPs staying at the same time we never felt bothered.
Overall it was a great stay and no other hotel compares to FSLP in whole Russia even if there is still some room for improvement (bakery / concierge).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg provides the dream St. Petersburg experience. Just two blocks from the Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum, the House with the Lions began life as the palace of Princess Lobanova-Rostovskaya in 1820. Its distinctive triangular layout adjoins St. Isaac’s Square, home to the famous St. Isaac’s Cathedral, designed by the same architect – Auguste de Montferrand. The palace has been carefully restored, and boasts several heritage protected areas, including stunning granite grand staircase. Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg offers 183 spacious and comfortable guest rooms, including 26 suites, featuring state-of-the art amenities to satisfy the needs of the most discerning customers.Dining in the hotel is led by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Andrea Accordi. One of the palace’s original courtyards has become a glass-roofed winter garden – home to the Tea Lounge that provides a sunny setting for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and a light supper. Comfortable seating adjoins an indoor garden abundant with trees and flowers.Xander Bar, named after Russian Tsar Alexander I, boasts a double-faced fire place and amazing views. The walnut-faced walls convey a warm, welcoming atmosphere, further enhanced by the live fire. Sintoho, Asian restaurant, derives its name from the cities of Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong. The restaurant features a sushi-bar and a dining room with a teppanyaki table – the only one in St. Petersburg.Opening in August 2013.Percorso, restaurant of authentic Italian cuisine, features the show kitchen and great wine collection. Opening in September 2013.The hotel also features a unique four-level Luceo SPA, with 8 treatment rooms, 24-hour fitness center, and spectacular triangular pool under a sky lit glass dome.Opening in November 2013. ... more less
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