In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal London Park Lane; Novo­tel Goa Donna Sylvia Re­sort; Shangri-La Ho­tel Ben­galuru

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BACK­GROUND In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tels is a lux­ury brand in IHG’s port­fo­lio. In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal London Park Lane was in­au­gu­rated by His Grace the eighth Duke of Welling­ton, Arthur Welles­ley on Septem­ber 23, 1975. It is built on the site of Queen El­iz­a­beth II’s child­hood home.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? As you drive up to the en­trance, you pass 19th cen­tury English ar­chi­tect, Dec­imus Bur­ton’s Welling­ton Arch at Hyde Park Cor­ner. On en­ter­ing the lobby, the whi of a pleas­ant scent wel­comes you. The main lobby it­self is un­clut­tered with just one sofa seat­ing for two by the re­cep­tion desk that is manned by three peo­ple. Adorn­ing the black and white space are two crys­tal chan­de­liers. A long cor­ri­dor leads to lifts that take you up to the rooms. There is also a concierge lounge where guests can per­son­alise their itin­er­ary.

WHERE IS IT? It is in the heart of May­fair. Heathrow Air­port is about 30km away, Gatwick Air­port is at a dis­tance of 49km, and the near­est train sta­tion, Vic­to­ria is a lit­tle less than 2.5km away.

ROOMS The ho­tel aptly de­scribes its rooms as “a mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion of tra­di­tional English style”. The pe­riod style decor is punc­tu­ated with a Bose sound sys­tem and a Ne­spresso ma­chine. Other in-room fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a flat LED tele­vi­sion, work desk, free wa­ter bot­tles, mini­bar, elec­tric wa­ter heater and a walkin shower.

I stayed in the Club room on the sev­enth floor. Lack of a cen­tral unit to re­motely con­trol the room’s lights and cur­tains had me walk around to man­u­ally switch o the lamps, ceil­ing lights and ad­just the room tem­per­a­ture on the ther­mo­stat. Ad­e­quate plug points al­lowed me to charge my mo­bile phone and iPad at the same time by the bed or when at the desk. The bed it­self was com­fort­able and I slept soundly in ab­so­lute si­lence, thanks to the sound­proof win­dows.

In­cluded in the room cost, Club guests can help them­selves to all-day re­fresh­ments, break­fast, af­ter­noon tea, and evening “drinks, cham­pagne and canapés” at Club In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal. With clear views of the sur­round­ing parks, here is where I en­joyed my red wine in the evenings.

With clear views of the sur­round­ing parks, here is where I en­joyed my red wine in the evenings

FOOD AND DRINK Cel­e­brated Chef Ran­dall of Theo Ran­dall at the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal serves rus­tic Ital­ian fare. Ella Canta o ers Mex­i­can cui­sine by award-winning Mex­i­can chef Martha Or­tiz. Af­ter­noon tea can be en­joyed at The Welling­ton Lounge. The Arch Bar has an awe-in­spir­ing col­lec­tion of gin from all cor­ners of the world. Club In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal on the sev­enth floor is re­stricted to guests of the suites and In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal’s Royal Am­bas­sador Pro­gramme.

MEET­INGS The Ball­room can hold 1,000 del­e­gates and can be bro­ken down into three sep­a­rate spa­ces. In ad­di­tion to this, there are 11 event rooms, all of which have floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows that al­low plenty of nat­u­ral light. The busi­ness cen­tre is open 24 hours with high-speed in­ter­net, pho­to­copy­ing, print­ing, scan­ning and fax­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

LEISURE Spa In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal on the first floor o ers treat­ments us­ing prod­ucts from Bri­tish skin­care brand Elemis. In ad­di­tion to the five treat­ment rooms, there is a VIP treat­ment suite which can be hired for pri­vate par­ties. The gym is open round the clock.

VER­DICT It is the per­fect venue to un­wind af­ter a long day of meet­ings. Ravi Lal­wani

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