The London Marriott Park Lane Hotel
Since I left London for Paris earlier this year, I still need to come back to London for meetings and freelance projects. Last month I needed a really good hotel with a great restaurant (Lanes of London on street level) to host a breakfast to pitch for a new project, and dinner with a friend where we wanted somewhere quiet with an excellent steak to catch up. I also wanted a hotel close to the tube (Marble Arch, so easy to get anywhere from here), and for there to be a good fitness centre (The Club at Park Lane) to let off some steam at the end of the day, and maybe get a facial. The hotel I chose happens to house the only hotel pool on Park Lane which was a bonus.
I checked into the London Marriott Park Lane Hotel. This Marriott isn’t like any others I have visited before, this Marriott feels like the flagship. There is a sense that this hotel is more independent, more important. Gone are the staff name tags, and out dated red carpet entrance. There is a beautifully curated art collection throughout the hotel, lit so well, you can’t fail to notice the lithographs, watercolours and oils dotted around the hotel. This Marriott is elegant, clean, bright and a good eye will notice some great pieces by Soane and Vaughan. The clientele is of course international, and as summer approaches, Middle Eastern families will set up home in their newly re-designed Park Lane facing Suites.
The London Marriott Park Lane Hotel is still geared towards business travellers, a great feature to the hotel when you need to get some work done is their dedicated key card access Executive Lounge. Offering a space to work quietly, or host a meeting, with complimentary snacks and drinks, similar to that of a First Class airport lounge. The club style lounge was tucked away out of sight so you could really have a quite corner to yourself in this busy hotel. The check-in was swift, the staff can foresee your need for the wifi code or to send you straight to the concierge to assist you with any requests. I had some last minute meetings to attend when I arrived, and the team were quick to take my luggage from me, and change my pre-arranged spa appointment and dinner arrangements.
My room on the 4th floor was a delight. I had roof top views of the red brick townhouses of Mayfair to my left, and a clear view into Hyde Park over Park Lane to my right. My suite featured a huge living room, with a dedicated work space. The bedroom was elegant, with a wonderfully comfortable bed, and plenty of wardrobe space. I didn’t need to call for an iron, everything was there for me as I needed it. The AV services were good, although I never fail to miss being able to plug in my own device to a speaker system. The bathroom was a dream, a huge shower and bath, perfumed amenities, and a futuristic loo which i’m sure many appreciate.
The in house restaurant, Lanes of London can be accessed at street level or via the hotel lobby. Dinner was an absolute delight, my only disappointment is not knowing about it when I lived in London. Think modern British fair, in a well designed space by Blacksheep. Aged brass, marble, leaded glazing, racing green leather banquettes, oak and antique detailing throughout. The chefs pride themselves on the provenance of their produce, nose to tail cooking can be recognised on the ever changing menu.
I took breakfast in my room after an early morning turn around the gym, and I lost count of my laps in the newly refurbished pool, what a treat to take a dip before breakfast. You can read more about the Club at Park Lane in another post here.
With thanks to Luchford APM & The London Marriott Park Lane Hotel
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