Ideally situated in Mayfair, where the corners of Green Park and Hyde Park nearly touch, the InterContinental London, Park Lane offers a great combination of luxury and value. After a recent three-day-stay, I can confirm the property checks off a series of boxes smart travelers seek in a luxury property. First, the Mayfair location is perfect, steps from the Tube or a short walk to Oxford Street or Piccadilly Circus shopping. Second, it has fresh, stylish and luxurious accommodations with a range of luxury amenities. Third, you get trusted InterContinental service and their infrastructure and IHG Rewards Club program benefits. And fourth, it delivers all this at price at or below what you’ll pay for a room at one of London’s bland corporate boxes.
I had one of the hotel’s Executive rooms with a great view of Apsley House and Green Park. Apsley House is the first Duke of Wellington’s mansion, located across the street from the hotel. It’s a great, lesser-known museum with a beautiful art collection, open Saturdays and Sundays. It’s always been known by its address as “Number One, London,” showing what a prime location this is.
Although a basic room, the Executive room was very well furnished and designed. The furniture and cabinetry were all solid, new and very clean. The style was modern, yet classic British and perfect for the Mayfair neighborhood. The bathroom was compact, but again the fixtures were of high quality as were the cabinets and other details like the lights. It gave a feeling of luxury and quality, a feeling only found in five-star properties. There was a full bathtub with integrated shower.
The InterContinental’s service must be pointed out as truly spectacular and on-par with London’s five-star properties. Every need and request was promptly and graciously handled. This was enhanced by using the VIP check-in service available to club-level guests.
The property’s signature restaurant, Theo Randall at The InterContinental was undergoing a refresh during my visit and was closed. As I always do, I had an in-room dining meal and it was excellent and delivered promptly. Breakfasts in the Club InterContinental lounge were also delicious, with a nice selection of fresh offerings presented buffet-style, along with an extensive menu of breakfast favorites and British standards. Foodies will also enjoy the convenient access to Nobu, located directly behind the hotel.
The spa, which features British ELEMIS products, is a beautiful sanctuary, taking up most of the hotel’s lower level. Popular with Mayfair locals, a full range of treatments and bespoke packages are available.
I experienced a few treatments, the first was a dry float, which was deeply relaxing . You’re suspended on a rubber mattress, which then fills with water, partially enveloping your body. The effect is weightless floating on water, without getting wet. Then I did a couples steam in the “steam temple”, a Moroccan-inspired, two-seated overall spa steam, shower and relaxation chamber. There are candles, music, scents, fiber optic lighting all providing a full, immersive experience with water jets in the ceiling, walls and seats themselves.
The IC Park Lane’s Executive Club is a beautiful space, with a wall of tall windows overlooking the Wellington Arch and Green Park. A full, delicious breakfast is served, along with snacks, drinks and beverages throughout the day, leading into a happy hour buffet in the late afternoon.
Beyond just snacks and drinks, there are two concierge / guest services people who also handle VIP check-in and check-out. An added amenity I don’t often see, the lounge has showers to accommodate early arriving guests (who arrive before their room is ready). There are stylish reading and work areas, several large flat screen TVs and iMac computers.
While well-known carriers like British Airways and American Airlines connect London with Los Angeles, there’s a range of other new carriers that have direct flights. I flew Norwegian, in their Premium cabin, which was quite amazing given their pricing. The service is on 787 Dreamliners and goes to Gatwick, which also has a high-speed, direct train right into central London. With pricing about what the other carriers charge for Economy Class, you get an almost Business Class experience (only lacking a flat bed) with great service, food and amenities like airport lounge access, priority check-in and boarding and included food and drinks.
InterContinental London Park Lane
One Hamilton Place WIJ 7QY
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