Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, a Canada-based hotel management firm, has opened its new hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The property underwent a major renovation programme from the former ‘House with Lions’ residence building to a Four Seasons hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace is designed by the same architect who built St Issac’s Cathedral, which is situated next to the hotel.

The European-influenced hotel features 151 guest rooms and 26 suites, including the Lobanov presidential suite.

All the guest rooms and suites feature distinct colour palettes and neo-classic mahogany, hazelnut and cherry furnishings designed with gilding, black lacquer and chinoiserie motifs.

Dining options at the hotel include Tea Lounge, Xander Bar and Sintoho, which offers the cuisines of Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

The hotel will also add another restaurant, Percorso, later in 2013.

Other amenities at the hotel include the Luceo Spa with eight treatment rooms – including a deluxe couple’s suite with private lounge – a salon, 24hr fitness centre, a glass-topped year-round pool, and changing rooms with shower, dry sauna and steamy Russian-style sauna.

For events and business meetings, the hotel offers the opulent Montferrand Grand Ballroom, six smaller rooms for parties and meetings, Rastrelli Boardroom with a seating capacity of 14, and a 24hr business centre with workstations and a meeting room.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Europe, Middle East and Africa president Christopher Norton said, "Years of meticulous restoration and perfecting of the guest experience are setting the stage for a new era of style and luxury in St. Petersburg."

Four Seasons will open its second Russian hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Moscow, in 2014.

Image: Exterior view of the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg in Russia. Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.