St Petersburg’s royal retreat
At times, it is easy to believe that St Petersburg entirely ignored the Russian Revolution, so regal is much of the gracious architecture on show in the city. This is certainly the case with the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace, a 19th-century aristocratic home which is due to find a fresh purpose this spring as a five-star hideaway. Some of the nips and tucks to the building – such as a top-floor pool under a glass roof, plus a sizeable spa – will introduce lavish modernity. But the retention of the original sweeping staircase in the entrance hall will ensure the spirit of 1820s is kept alive.
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