A racy departure for the Four Seasons, this hotel has an English clubhouse look with a dose of boudoir. Mannered paintings of horses dot the walls in the lobby, but instead of staid hunter green or beige, the walls are a bright lacquered red. In the restaurant, the saucy vibe continues with zebra-print chairs bathed in low lighting. Upstairs, the palate shifts and becomes softer. Enormous black-and-white glamour shots from the 1950s and 60s dominate the hallways, and rooms
evoke an ocean liner from days gone by, with square hardware, brown walnut wood, and mirrored sliding doors. Plaid comes into play in armchairs and curtains giving the decor an appropriate Britishness. Don't miss the spa on the top floor; in the treatment rooms, massive windows seem to hold all of Hyde Park inside a snow globe.
Oct 8, 2013
Rather recently (late September & early October, '13) had the honour of two separate business travel stays at this rather refined property. (Immediate disclosure: for some time, have been staying at the Four Seasons Bangkok for business on a near monthly basis, and before purchasing a property in Singapore, the FS SIN was my primary work locale. Magnificent properties, both.) London arrival (immediate post-Formula 1 weekend in our fine home of
Singapore) was via the ever-fine Singapore Airlines 308 J (SIN-LHR). As always, such sublime service, and on this particular flight, graced with the presence of two wondrous crew and friends. As expected, that Four Seasons graciousness and efficiency came through so beautifully at the Park Lane property. My lodging (via upgrade) was a gratefully appreciated Westminster Suite on an upper floor. No complaints (as expected). Sadly, no time to partake of her signature restaurant, nor even her lounge (it was a rather hectic series of meetings). Will say, her gymnasium was most adequate for early morning exertions, followed by breakfast room service. I always enjoy flying SQ from Singapore to London for business (one of my first post-university jobs was in The City, and my modest residence was 'round "Burton Court", near Sloane Square), so my first working stay at the Four Seasons Park Lane (along with my other London business stays at the Mandarin Oriental) was truly special. And, in another example of Four Seasons graciousness (and acknowledging their long-standing corporate travellers), 'frequent and preferred' guest rates were offered - and gladly accepted - at two special FS properties for our Christmas/New Year's holiday. Can't wait. Thanks forever, fine Four Seasons management and staff, for years of business (and pleasure) stays in various countries. Savour your FS London times.