45 Park Lane
- Style Deco and debonair
- Setting Majestic Mayfair
45 Park Lane hotel in London leaves nothing to chance, wowing its visitors with a beefy Wolfgang Puck restaurant, a gallery’s worth of British art (including 16 panels by Damien Hirst), and glossy, glamorous Thierry W Despont-designed interiors. Then there’s the enviable address – guests get to wake up to leafy Hyde Park and moneyed Mayfair.
Need to know
- Rooms 45, including 11 suites and one penthouse.
- Rates Double rooms from $645.10 (£395), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Breakfast isn’t included (choose from cooked, Continental or à la carte, with dishes ranging from £5 to £25).
- Facilities Gym, library, stash of DVDs, cinema room (which can be booked for parties and events), free WiFi throughout. In rooms: iPad, iPod dock, flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, minibar.
- Check–out 12 noon but flexible, subject to availability and a charge (half the room rate until 4pm).
Children Little Smiths can come too. Cots are free, as are extra beds for 12-year-olds and under, babysitting with a nanny can be arranged (£10 an hour; minimum four hours), and the restaurant has a menu designed for junior palates (there's also room service).
- Also Take a couple of the hotel’s Brompton bicycles with you to the park (they’re free for guests to borrow).
In the know
- Our favourite rooms For the best views of London, book one of the Deluxe Kings, which count floor-to-ceiling windows among their charms. The Executive Queen rooms are perched on the corner on the building, so have a double dose of London lookouts. For the most princely of stays, book the opulent Penthouse Suite and toast the city from your terrace.
- Packing tips Picnic hamper for the park; Marni for Mayfair; gym togs for the running machine.
- Also The hotel has a fleet of nimble-knuckled beauty therapists armed with Aromatherapy Associates products. Try the signature 45 Park Lane Experience, a 45-minute full-body treatment including an exfoliation and massage. Alternatively, order a bath ritual for £20. A therapist will nip in, fairy-like, to fill your tub with an oil of your choice (deep relax, de-stress muscle, jet-lag remedy and so on), light a candle and provide a herbal tea to match the mood.
Food and drink at 45 Park Lane
- Hotel restaurant Acclaimed Austrian chef Wolfgang Puck has enjoyed considerable success Stateside with his various ventures: Spago, Cut, Chinois and Trattoria de Lupo among them. His steak is the stuff of meaty dreams; his seafood is beyond reproach. Sample both here, in the hotel’s glittering, red-gold European outpost of Cut. Forget steakhouse decor: metallic-puff lights, glossy marble floors and heavy draped curtains set the tone.
- Dress code City sophisticate: we spotted three pairs of Louboutins in as many minutes. The men are slick and suited, the women frocked and coiffed.
- Top table Sit by the window to watch Londoners at your leisure; corner tables are more private.
- Last orders Wet your whistle at the bar between 12 noon and 1.30am. The restaurant is open until 11pm (10.30pm on Sundays and public holidays).
- Room service The impressive room service menu spans all three meals, is available 24 hours, and includes items such as oxtail bouillon with bone marrow dumplings, Wagyu six-ounce steak, and dark chocolate and whisky cake.
- Hotel bar The mood in Bar 45, a lipstick-red corner of the hotel, is relaxed: a pleasant burble of conversation rises against the understated pop and chill-out tracks. If you’re hungry/tipsy, order some light bites from the bar menu, which features fashionable fodder such as rough cuts, mini kobe sliders and Reuben sandwiches stuffed with house-smoked pastrami. The Bloody Marys are exemplary.