During my family’s two year around the world trip, we included the Trans Mongolian Railway. The train journey starts in Moscow, Russia and ends all the way in Beijing, China.
Since we were in Russia already (visas are expensive!), we decided to add St. Petersburg to the list.
While planning, we share ideas of what we want to do. My request? Staying at Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg.
Here’s why: (And why you should also stay at Four Seasons St. Petersburg!)
1. It was once a royal palace
That’s the only reason you need. (Just kidding there’s way more!)
But really, it was a palace where a Russian prince lived!
In the 19th century the building was called the Lobanov-Rostovsky Palace. I was told it was first a residence, then bought by the government, used as a military academy and now a luxury hotel.
2. Afternoon tea at the Tea Lounge
A part from the fact that it’s a palace, afternoon tea is what sold me. The lounge really is just like in the pictures. It’s elegant, brightly lit- almost whimsical.
As for the actual afternoon tea, there’s a Russian touch to the food (blinis!) and two of the teas are exclusively blended for the hotel by my favorite tea brand, Tealeaves! Read more about the afternoon tea in my review.
3. 5 minute walk to Hermitage/Winter Palace
Location, location, location. You’ve heard it before and it doesn’t just apply to real estate. While staying at Four Seasons St. Petersburg, you’re practically neighbors with the Winter Palace.
Since it’s always packed with tourists, you have the advantage of getting there really early to beat the crowd in the morning (without actually waking up super early) since it’s just a five minute walk away.
4. The lions
It’s called Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace for a reason: There are two marble lion statues welcoming (or guarding) the hotel’s entrance.
On many occasions, I saw people taking pictures with it while walking by. They are beautifully sculpted. But maybe they stopped by because these two lions were made famous by a poem written by a Russian poet, Pushkin.
Oh and lions happen to be my favorite animal (check my laptop desktop :))
5. Neighbor to St. Isaac’s Cathedral
This cathedral is a St. Petersburg landmark. And staying at the hotel means you’re neighbors with it. And even better, your room may have a view of it.
The cathedral designed by the same architect as the hotel, Auguste de Montferrand.
Check out the view from the top of the cathedral in this video.
And added to all this, it was nice to have heated bathroom floors, spacious rooms and excellent service.
Because taking a train from Moscow to Beijing was planned after staying at the Four Seasons, the most memorable part of the room for me was the closet.
I couldn’t help but compare the size of the closet to the size of the ‘cabin’ my mom, dad, brother and I had to squeeze into for three full days in a row (and several other overnighters) on the Trans Mongolian Railway train. Well, that’s all the fun of traveling!
And when we were in Moscow, I saw the second Four Seasons property in Russia, Four Seasons Moscow, which was scheduled to open just a few weeks after I snapped this photo.
Check out more pictures of Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg here.
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg
1 Voznesensky Prospekt
190000 St. Petersburg