Four Seasons gears up for Russia debut

7 Dec 2012 by BusinessTraveller

Four Seasons’ first Russian property is scheduled to open in the spring, following the restoration of the 19th-century Lion Palace in St Petersburg.

Referring to the hotel as its “most challenging restoration project to date”, the 177-room Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace, St Petersburg will be housed in a building once home to Princess Lobanova-Rostovskaya.

The property is located in the Admiralteysky district of the city, close to the Hermitage Museum, and will retain original features including the yellow facade with classical white columns, the main marble-dressed stairway with gold and bronze decoration, two white marble lions guarding the main entrance, and female sculpted muses which have been restored and placed on the hotel’s terraces.

Martin Rhomberg, the hotel’s general manager said that while “It is always difficult to confirm an exact opening date on a restoration project of this scale and complexity”, the group is “currently preparing for a spring opening with great confidence”.

In October Four Seasons opened its new flagship property in Toronto (see online news October 7), and this year the group has also opened properties including the Four Season Hotel Baku and the Four Seasons Hotel Pudong.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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