Officially opened in September 2011, 45 Park Lane occupies a prestigious location overlooking Hyde Park, steps from its sister property The Dorchester. Designed by Thierry W. Despont, 45 Park Lane blending Art Deco with sophisticated contemporary cues, has always been considered as a private and discreet property, with just 45 accommodations, almost half of them suites. Although at first sight, the furnishings would appear simple, you will at a touch how many pieces had actually been custom made. The all-marble bathrooms resemble a cocooning private Spa in your room or suite – you will not resist soaking in on a bath.
The framed picture perfect views of Hyde Park, its hugely successful restaurant CUT by Wolfgang Puck and the most recently opened expansive Spa and indoor swimming pool make up for a prestigious address in Mayfair, with flawless service throughout the entire, from the moment you step in the hotel until you leave through the door. There is a unique sense of ‘home-away-from-home’ but also a distinct DNA of the property, almost like an ”affinity” and appreciation you feel towards the hotel.
Despite its more ‘relaxed’ interior design, luxury service is not necessarily more casual – staff are highly trained and skilled to adapt to each guest, whether he or she may prefer a more friendly and warm approach or rather a more reserved approach. I have stayed at the property several times, pre and now post-pandemic. The service standards are incredibly high and will surprise you how personalised the approach of staff is. It is not only consistency which is impressive, but even more important how effortless service is performed.
Rooms and suites are among the most spacious among luxury hotels in London – rooms are practical, functional and immensely comfortable. There are generous spaces to just lounge and enjoy reading a book or watching a movie but also a fully equipped business desk. AC is not only serene but adjusting instantly to the set temperature. Centralised remote control of AC, lights, entry door, DND, curtains and lights work flawlessly – all aimed at ensuring ultimate comfort. The hotel boasts one of the most comfortable luxury bed I have ever experienced in the past 10 years. So is the custom bed linen – not to mention the full black-out.
The hotel’s exclusive penthouse suite features two bedrooms, a dining room, a sitting room and a terrace with a spectacular panoramic view of London. The hotel also features Bar 45, great for an evening drink, a library and a private media room for screenings. Nowadays, the Bar 45 on the Mezzanine level is a great place for guests for a light meal, a drink but also to catch up on work. The space is also ideal for smaller events or gatherings.
Furnishing but also functionalities have been flawlessly maintained – not one singly piece of furnishing or decor feels dated or tired, on the contrary, it also instills a timeless feel. Over time, it is not just up-keeping but also reliability which the property extends. You know you can count on an exceptional experience. You will enjoy a sense of prestige but also a sense of belonging. The dedication and passion by most of the staff is almost impossible to put into words.
For the Dorchester Collection brand, the 45 Park Lane brought a more relaxed feel, a younger property, at times less informal than the other properties. It is this sense of versatility which the property brought to the Dorchester Collection brand. Since opening, the CUT restaurant by Wolfgang Puck has enjoyed uninterrupted success, with an outdoor al-fresco terrace which opened in the summer. The recently opened Spa is without any doubt one of the finest among all luxury hotels in London.
There are no less than 16 Damien Hirst’s limited edition Psalms series on the walls of chef Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant Cut, his first outpost in Europe. The art continues in the guestrooms with original art by ten of Britain’s top artists. Designer Thierry Despont created the rooms to be more like private residences. The hotel has built a reputation with a permanent arts program, featuring many artists and exhibitions.
Oliver Petcu in London
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