We asked for a room to accommodate 2 adults plus a child, preferably on the 3rd floor. The room (deluxe category) reserved was nice but not very spacious for an extra bed. So, we were moved on the 1st floor in a beautiful and really spacious, high ceiling room with a view towards the magnificent St. Isaac church (a landmark of the city). Bathrooms are really spacious in all rooms (I saw 4 of them in the hotel).
Hermitage palace is indeed some 5 mins walk from hotel. The same for the famous Nevski Prospect street (for shopping) and from there some extra 5 mins for the Russian Museum.
The hotel is luxurious of course - it's a palace! But the most important is the service (all kinds of!) and the quality of food (not only the breakfast!). There is an espresso coffee machine in the room with Illy coffee capsules - read carefully the instructions for its operation though.
The cigar bar "Xander" is fantastic for drinks (try fresh lemonade for softs!) and you can smoke a cigar in there if you wish.
I'm trying to find some negatives for this hotel but I have real difficulty to do it! If I come back to St. Petersburg I will definitely stay in this one again!
- 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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