Within a 19th-century Russian royal palace, its entry guarded by two marble lions, Four Seasons reveals a restored luxury hotel treasure in the historic Admiralteysky district – just two blocks from the Hermitage Museum and close to Nevsky Prospekt and the Mariinsky Theatre.
Since its debut in mid-2013, the Four Seasons Lion Palace St. Petersburg has introduced Imperial grandeur to the hotel guest experience. French architect Auguste de Montferrand constructed the Neoclassical yellow and white triangular “House with Lions” adjacent to St. Isaac’s Cathedral, which he also built.
Cheryl Rowley Design crafted most of the interior public spaces, 177 guestrooms, and the spa; and Tokyo-based Design Studio Spin designed Italian fine dining restaurant Percorso, and Sintoho, an Asian retreat with a lively sushi bar.
In order to ensure historical accuracy, Rowley explains, “we did an enormous amount of research about the Neoclassic period, which Catherine the Great mandated as the official style during her reign, the Russian Empire style during Peter the Great’s reign, and the city itself.”
As for the public spaces, she adds: “The interior colors in the promenade area surrounding the Tea Lounge were inspired by the rosy pinks and milky-blues of the sky mirrored in the Neva River during St. Petersburg’s famous White Nights.” Xander Bar, a warm, wood-paneled, parquet-floored space is a tribute to Peter the Great’s passion for shipbuilding and woodworking. It showcases paintings of ships, maps, gilt bronze chandeliers, and a bar fronted with inlaid marble, typical of a mid-19th century Russian marble tabletop.