This year, the iconic Lion Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, celebrates its 200th anniversary and its fifth anniversary as a Four Seasons Hotel. In 2015, following a meticulous restoration, Lion Palace became Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, and today, the 19th Century royal residence remains one of the most spectacular palace hotels in the country.
Known to locals as ‘the House with Lions’, The Lion Palace is a remarkable building, the construction of which started 200 years ago. It is said that while Tsar Alexander I was riding through the city with Prince Lobanov-Rostovsky, he expressed his disappointment at the unsightly state of St. Isaac’s Square. In reaction to this, Lobanov-Rostovsky invited the world-famous architect Auguste de Montferrand to design a new building, and two years on, a magnificent new palace was presented to Tsar Alexander I as a sign of the loyalty to the throne.
Today, the iconic palace has become a rare pearl of priceless Russian heritage due to both its long and fascinating history and the scrupulous work of Tristar Investment Holdings. Two marble lions on each side of the main entrance of the palace were created by Italian sculptor Paolo Triscorni and became one of the main symbols of St. Petersburg, and now welcome guests and visitors to Russia’s second Four Seasons Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg.
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg keeps the spirit of Russian royalty alive, with opulent stylings of imperial Russia that are still prominent throughout the Hotel, every bit as inspiring as they were centuries ago. Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg has become a landmark of luxury in the Russian capital, with 183 stylish rooms, including 26 suites, and a dedicated concierge is on hand to ensure guests do not miss any aspects of St. Petersburg. The Hotel has private access to iconic landmarks, or an evening ride along the city’s atmospheric canals, as well as curating extraordinary dinners in the historic palaces and delicious caviar tastings with champagne for a truly decadent experience.
Today, in celebration of the Hotel’s fifth anniversary, Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg welcomes guests to a grandiose gala celebration. Communal areas such as the lobby, Restaurants and promenades will transform into an incredible immersive theatre, inspired by the traditions of historic balls. The evening will be a journey through the Hotel’s historic past, beginning with horse-drawn carriages in front of the Hotel with a red carpet and musicians of the Mariinsky Theatre welcoming guests in the Hotel lobby. Mysterious masked butlers will guide guests through the magic forest of the Tea Lounge, while at Xander Bar a caviar and champagne club will take place, accompanied by live jazz-piano. Sintoho restaurant will become home to a bustling Asian market and Percorso will see a fascinating Italian masquerade performance.
The culinary journey of the night will incorporate traditional favourites of Russian Tsars including black caviar and white truffle, and signature dishes created by the team of Chef Matteo Guida. This year, two new Michelin-starred talents joined Chef Guida at the Hotel to further elevate the culinary experience for the Lion Palace’s guests. Pastry Chef Nicolas Lambert will be creating sumptuous pastries and Chef Hawan Jung, will be serving Asian inspired masterpieces for the gala dinner and showcasing several of their signature dishes. The gala celebration will continue on the Noble Floor with desserts and a live concert performance. Guests of the Hotel are cordially invited to join the gala celebration in their best creative black-tie attire and mask.
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