LON­DON

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE - THE LANESBOROUGH uber AN­GELINA VILLA-CLARKE

IF LUX­URY to you means cool, funky and stripped back, then don’t come to The Lanesborough. Af­ter its lav­ish 18-month, top-to-toe re­vamp, the ho­tel has shaken off its scaf­fold­ing to re­claim its crown as one of the cap­i­tal’s most lux­u­ri­ous ho­tels — and if it makes no pre­ten­sions to be­ing hip, it’s un­ques­tion­ably spe­cial.

When it comes to plush­ness, The Lanesborough has stuck with the tra­di­tional. Car­pets are deep, the mar­ble is hand-cut, chan­de­liers are over­sized and win­dows are cov­ered with elab­o­rate swags and tails. This is the op­u­lent an­tithe­sis of mod­ern lux­ury.

The over­haul of the l andmark Regency build­ing was over­seen by the late de­signer Al­berto Pinto, renowned for his lav­ish de­signs. Af­ter his death in 2012, his sis­ter Linda Pinto took over the project ru­moured to cost £80 mil­lion, em­ploy­ing a vast line-up of ar­ti­sans and crafts­men to re­flect the her­itage of the build­ing.

As a re­sult, rooms are com­fort­able: think canopied beds, chi­nois­erieprint cur­tains and beau­ti­fully in­tri­cate plas­ter­work on the ceil­ings. The palette here is deep and rich, all claret, cream and gold. Walls are lined with oil paint­ings, and if you can’t find your TV, press the re­mote control — you might just find it cun­ningly hid­den be­hind one of them.

From the Roja Dove toi­letries to the first-rate ser­vice on tap (all of the 50 rooms and 43 suites come com­plete with a but­ler), this is in­tended to be the very essence of a pam­per­ing ho­tel ex­pe­ri­ence. Ce­ment­ing this even fur­ther will be the new mega-spa, due to open this spring.

One of the cur­rent high­lights is the Miche­lin-starred menu in the ho­tel’s sig­na­ture restau­rant Celèste where ex­ec­u­tive chef Flo­rian Favario has Eric Fre­chon — one of Paris’ most es­teemed chefs -— as chef pa­tron.

If you are not wowed by the el­e­gant, china-blue din­ing room then you will be bowled over by the exquisitely com­plex food. From the sim­ply de­scribed but beau­ti­fully multi-lay­ered French onion starter to the Scot­tish Salmon (which comes with sautéed cab­bage and gin­ger but­ter) this is fine din­ing turned up a notch.

A stay here is em­phat­i­cally not an ev­ery­day ex­pe­ri­ence — and that’s ex­actly what sets it apart from the newer kids on the block. Book in for a mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion. It won’t let you down. RATES: A Deluxe Queen room starts from £590 per night, room only. lanesborough.com

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