Tried & Tested

EVA Air 777-300ER Royal Lau­rel Class Taipei – Chicago O’Hare Mar­riott Park Lane Lon­don

Business Traveler (USA) - - INSIDE - BT

BACK­GROUND: The ex­te­rior pro­file of the Mar­riott Park Lane is un­mis­tak­able. Housed in what started out as an el­e­gant late Ed­war­dian apart­ment build­ing – now Grade II listed – de­signed by noted ar­chi­tect Fran­cis Thomas Ver­ity, the ho­tel un­der­went ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions in 2015. The re­sult is a 5-star lux­ury ho­tel that stands out among May­fair’s many elite es­tab­lish­ments.

WHERE IS IT? Around the cor­ner – lit­er­ally. The build­ing is at the in­ter­sec­tion of Ox­ford St. and Park Lane, right across the street from Mar­ble Arch and just above the Tube stop of the same name. How­ever the ho­tel en­trance is ac­tu­ally tucked away on a side street. It was a lit­tle hard to find at first, but its lo­ca­tion away from the con­stant stream of Ox­ford Street traf­fic makes for safer and more con­ve­nient car pick­ups and dropoffs.

De­spite the ho­tel’s beaux arts ex­te­rior, fol­low­ing the 2015 ren­o­va­tions the in­te­rior has taken on a dis­tinctly 21st cen­tury tone. The lobby is a white mar­ble af­fair, un­der­stated and el­e­gant, and sprin­kled with in­trigu­ing pieces of art. In con­trast to the cool­ness of the en­try, ev­ery­one on staff, from the door­man to the hosts at the check-in desk, was un­fail­ingly warm and cour­te­ous.

ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES: When I stepped in the room, the first thing I saw out our sec­ond­story win­dow was a big red dou­ble-decker bus rolling by on busy Park Lane, and I thought,‘Oh, no, we’re go­ing to be lis­ten­ing to traf­fic all night.’But my con­cerns were quickly dis­pelled when the bus pulled away, but I was hear­ing – prac­ti­cally noth­ing. A clever dou­ble win­dow ar­range­ment made the room in­cred­i­bly quiet. In fact, the view across Hyde Park was ex­pan­sive and down­right serene.

The room it­self was gen­er­ous by Lon­don stan­dards, but not huge. The fur­ni­ture be­fit a room this size, and the bed was to die for. It took a few min­utes to find the re­frig­er­ated mini­bar, which was se­creted away in the bu­reau. And I never did fig­ure out the light switches, which were in­ter­con­nected some way but seem­ingly with­out logic. The bath was spa­cious and well-ap­pointed with mar­ble fin­ishes, a large shower and plenty of counter space re­plete with Floris bath ameni­ties. RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS: The ho­tel’s on-site res- tau­rant is Lanes of Lon­don, a well-ap­pointed spot that of­fers a cozy, posh-pub at­mos­phere and a menu mix that fea­tures both tra­di­tional fare and in­ter­na­tion­ally-in­spired dishes. Here too, the air of hos­pi­tal­ity pre­vailed; de­spite be­ing a stranger, I was treated like one of the reg­u­lars. And break­fast in the Ex­ec­u­tive Lounge each morn­ing was a per­fect start to our Lon­don es­capades. BUSI­NESS AND

LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES: The ho­tel of­fers three meet­ing rooms across nearly 1,300 square feet of con­fer­ence space. And the re­cently opened Club at Park Lane fea­tures mas­sage treat­ments, a state-ofthe-art fit­ness cen­ter com­plete with steam room, and – in some­thing of a coup – the only ho­tel pool on Park Lane, a stun­ning in­door beauty that fairly de­mands you take a re­lax­ing swim.

VER­DICT: With its May­fair ad­dress, the Mar­riott Park Lane’s lo­ca­tion on the north­east cor­ner of Hyde Park is ab­so­lutely un­beat­able. If you’re look­ing for a re­fined stay in the midst of ev­ery­thing this great city has to of­fer, this ho­tel ticks all the boxes.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.