Ever since I heard Four Seasons opened a hotel in Russia and it’s in a 19th century palace, I knew I had to stay there. Looking through pictures of the property, what caught my attention was a bright room with flowers and yellow couches.
A year later with the goal set of staying at the hotel and lots of planning, I found myself sitting in the very room I was drawn to in the picture for afternoon tea.
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg is just two blocks away from the iconic bluish green Winter Palace/ Hermitage museum and Palace Square making the hotel practically neighbors with the former home of the Russian monarchs.
It’s also super close to St. Petersburg’s main street Nevsky Prospekt where landmarks like Kazan Cathedral and Singer House are. It’s even right next door to St. Isaac’s cathedral.
The Palace couldn’t be in a more perfect location.
It doesn’t get any better than saying you’ve had tea in a palace! The Tea Lounge, where tea is served at Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace is an airy and sun lit room. The roof is glass so there’s a ton of natural light during the 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm tea time hours. There is no view but the room is so well decorated with live flowers and music from a harp.
We were one of the only people at the Tea Lounge for afternoon tea so it was very quiet. A perfect time for deep conversation, reflecting on traveling and how far we’ve come…
As usual, I get the teas that are unique to the hotel. At Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace there are two. Lion Palace Blend, a black tea “Bespoke blend of Keemun with hints of smoke and a gentle oolong finish” and Saint Petersburg blend, a green tea “Bespoke blackcurrant and organic green tea blend for a perfect cup of tea at anytime of day”
I liked the Saint Petersburg blend slightly better than the Lion Palace Blend. Saint Petersburg was more fruity. Our server brought us oranges and told us to add some of the juice into it since the citrus complements the tea blend.
We ordered both packages offered at the Tea Lounge, Lion Palace Tea Time and Tsar Tea Time. Our server recommended sharing the two packages between the four of us.
Everything was delicious. Which package should you get?
Both have assorted finger sandwiches (smoked salmon and quail egg/roast beef, tandoori chicken on pita bread/green apple and cucumber salad, ham and cheese roll, tuna brioche burger).
However Lion Palace Tea Time has less variety of pastries (lemon meringue tart, raspberry yogurt cake, fruit tartlet, opera cake, medovik, prianik, vanilla profiteroles) but has homemade plain and raisin scones with jam and sour cream (something you’ll find often in Russian cuisine).
And Tsar Tea Time, which is slightly more expensive comes with a glass of Louis Roederer, Brut Premier champagne and a highlight of afternoon tea at Four Seasons Lion Palace, salmon caviar with blini.
I always say Four Seasons Hotels is the best hotel chain that uses social media. On their main account, they always reply when mentioning them on Twitter and just any pictures posted from their hotels, sometimes even without tagging their accounts. Four Seasons St. Petersburg’s accounts are no different. I posted several pictures on Instagram and Twitter which they liked, commented and replied to.
Having afternoon tea at Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace is highly recommended. Other than the tea, food, and the hotel, it’s worth noting that service was exceptional, as with all Four Seasons properties.
Our server was very informative and took time to explain everything about the food, when and how to drink the tea and even information about what to do in St. Petersburg.
Cost: Tsar Tea Time 2350 Russian rubles (about USD $60) and Lion Palace Tea Time 1380 Russian rubles (about USD $35)
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg
1 Voznesensky Prospekt
190000 St. Petersburg