Posted in Projects on 3 June, 2019

InterContinental’s classic Park Lane offering between London’s Royal Parks has always been a point of interest in hospitality circles, but a recent refurbishment of its designer suites has given the hotel wider appeal, and for good reason, too.

Residing at one of the capital’s most prestigious addresses, the InterContinental London Park Lane is an unmistakable mark of luxury on Mayfair’s manicured landscape. Overlooking the Royal Parks, the hotel delivers elegance and sophistication while taking inspiration from its surroundings with natural interiors and large window vistas for guests to admire the sweeping views of Hyde Park on one side and Green Park and Buckingham Palace Gardens on the other.

The hotel holds 387 chic guest rooms in sumptuous period-style décor and 60 expansive designer suites that offer unparalleled views over some of the most illustrious areas of the city, and reflect their exquisite surroundings through the distinctive design style. The Signature Suite collection incorporates seven of the hotel’s most distinguished suites, each with their own individual design accents that present unique abodes for the hotel’s guests. From contemporary to regal, opulent to modern, each of the suites has been specifically designed to satisfy a range of guest preferences.

The Royal Suite is alluring and luxurious, while the London Suite is a chic offering of modern minimalist. There are traditional undertones in The Apsley Suite, which reflects its location overlooking Apsley House, and the Presidential Suite presents modern luxury with colourful accents. The Capital Suite is the perfect abode for the business traveller, whilst both of the Palace Suites embody refined luxury with views to Buckingham Palace.

The acclaimed Royal Suite pays homage to the hotel’s location on the site of 145 Piccadily, Queen Elizabeth II’s former childhood residence. Attention is in every detail of the timeless design that encapsulates signature styles from Her Majesty’s early life through to the present. Located on the eighth floor, the glamorous Mayfair position offers panoramic views of the Royal Parks and is one of the largest offerings in the capital created through connecting rooms. This contemporary interpretation draws inspiration from the Queen’s own style to create residential grandeur.

The grand Presidential Suite boasts spectacular views of Hyde Park and glamorous Knightsbridge and includes a stately dining area, an open-plan living space, and full-service kitchenette. The suite embodies a chic modern feel, with greys and dark blues in a variety of luxurious fabrics. Interesting details such as the pane glass wall separating the dining area from the sitting area allow the suite’s multipurpose functionality to come to life, whilst colourful decorative artworks punctuate the clean, sleek lines.

The first business suite of its kind, The Capital Suite offers intelligent design, allowing various areas of the suite to be separated based on the guests’ needs and desires, in addition to a separate entrance into the hotel and a private lift. Situated on the first floor, the suite comes with a full-sized boardroom, private office and multiple en-suite bedrooms and offers unparalleled views out onto Wellington Arch and Green Park.

The Boardroom is a unique feature to the suite as it can be directly accessed through a private corridor, lift and entrance, and can be easily interconnected with any other room. On the opposite side a private office and additional meeting room have been created, which can be linked to the Boardroom to create a fully equipped boutique office.

The suite’s location inspired designers RPW in the scheme. There is a huge focus here on a selection of naturally luxurious materials, such as soft leathers, stone and walnut timbers as a basis for the colour schemes, and results in a classic, natural and relaxing environment suggestive of Hyde Park itself. Design touches contain homages to the park such as bespoke bronze handles evocative of tree branches for the cabinetry. Artwork and accessories draw on Hyde Park’s equine traditions and the historic location of the hotel. Bespoke stitching details of the Plane, the tree that populates and represents London’s Royal Parks, are incorporated into the headboard design in the bedroom. The green landscape of the park even inspired the textures, patterns and themes within the carpet designs and artworks.

Elsewhere in the hotel, guests can choose from a wonderful array of dining experiences – from award-winning afternoon tea or revered high coffee in the Wellington Lounge, refreshing cocktails in the Arch Bar to champagne and canapés accompanied by incredible views in the private urban haven of Club InterContinental.

Celebrated Chef Theo Randall offers a rustic Italian fare with the finest seasonal ingredients in his restaurant, Theo Randall at the InterContinental, and Ella Canta, the David Collins Studio designed restaurant by acclaimed Chef Martha Ortiz delivers the beauty, vibrancy and spirit of modern Mexico through exquisite food and exotic cocktails.

Inspired by mid-century influences from a canon of Mexican modernists, artists and designers, Ella Canta’s architecture is influenced by the modernist style of Ricardo Legorreta. Entering the restaurant through the revolving door from the street on the corner of Piccadilly, visitors arrive in the entrance lobby and are greeted with a curved walnut reception desk with carved oval and circular motifs – the same motif, which is also carved within the 50m long, floor-to-ceiling walnut panel, which reaches the full length of the space culminating at the bar at the far end. Featuring rounded, organic shapes that have been hand carved, the design takes inspiration from the work of mid-century Mexican furniture designer Eugenio Escadero and adds a playful and tactile quality to the entire space.

To the left-hand side of the walnut screen is the bar seating area flanked by floor to ceiling windows with views towards Hyde Park. To the right-hand side is the restaurant area, divided into three areas defined by the unity of colours and textures of each space, that subtly evolve through a colour palette inspired by the colours of sunbleached architecture and landscape of Oaxaca with blush pink, sunbleached red, blue and tan.

The hotel also offers a stylish urban retreat in the form of Spa InterContinental, which offers a wide range of ELEMIS treatments and an expert team of therapists. Comprising of five treatment rooms, an additional VIP treatment suite is available for couples and private parties as well as a Dry Flotation Therapy Room.

The dedicated meetings and events floor combines award-winning state-of-the-art facilities with impressive views of the capital. The elegant space offers one of the most sought-after locations in the city for meetings, theatre-style conferences and large-scale awards ceremonies.

InterContinental London Park Lane certainly plays up to its royal links, and does so beautifully in a luxurious fashion without being over the top. The attention to detail within the new suites has been a meticulous undertaking and has given the whole hotel a fresh, modern feel. One for a new generation of luxe aficionados perhaps?

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