The Four Seasons on Park Lane is one of those old-world London hotels that really deserves its international reptuation for excellence. It’s long been one of the most luxurious and comfortable spots to stay in the capital and its location couldn’t be more central if it tried: when you tower over Park Lane with views of Hyde Park, worries about negotiating crowds and busy tubes to get from your hotel to tourist hotspots cease to exist. After all, the luxury boutiques of Knightsbridge and Chelsea as well as the historical museums of Kensington are all walking distance away – and when the surroundings are this lush, who wouldn’t want to take a stroll?
Then there’s the hotel itself: a marble clad, plushly furnished paradise (and that’s just the lobby) the decor blends historic classicism with avant garde contemporary design. From the roaring fireplace in one of the many snugs, to the vast framed photos of by-gone divas glancing down at you in the hallway, everything at the Four Seasons Park Lane is designed to make you feel fully ensconced in the comfortable and chic folds of opulence. Staff are, of course, attentive without being obtrusive and the food at the in-house restaurant, Amaranto, is exceptional – try the gin and tonic infused salmon followed by the confit of veal breast and topped off with a Marscapone mousse.
All this won’t be news to a seasoned traveler. What will be though, are the newly opened Westminster Suites. Situated on the hotel’s upper floors, the gorgeous suites feature spacious living rooms, walnut bathroom suites, a mirror with an integrated television screen (never seen that before, have you?), and, best of all, a Juliet balcony overlooking London. Could you ask for more?