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Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, Russia

The latest in a string of heritage hotels from Four Seasons (including 2013 World’s Best winners in Budapest, Istanbul, and Florence), the Lion Palace is the brand’s most ambitious restoration yet. The transformation of this former palace, guarded by a pair of lion statues for nearly two centuries, into a 177-room hotel has taken nearly a decade and was completed in July 2013. The building’s original design—triangular in shape, featuring high ceilings and an elegant grand staircase—has been painstakingly restored, with the expected modern comforts of a Four Seasons property (the all-marble bathrooms, for example, are new). A stone’s throw away from St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Hermitage complex, the bright yellow building is itself a site worth seeing. Pushkin certainly thought so: Russia’s most famous poet mentions the palace and its lion statues in his poem “The Bronze Horseman.” fourseasons.com. $$$


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