By Lubna Hamdan
Experience English elegance at the charming Park Lane property located on the site of Queen Elizabeth II's childhood home
Sometimes it feels as though we live in an era that embraces modern design and frowns upon traditional elements. What my millennial peers consider to be outdated, I consider to be classic.
What my friends admire as contemporary, I disregard as soulless.
But if you’re staying at the InterContinental London Park Lane, you won’t want for soul: you’ll have plenty of it.
Don’t be fooled by the modern, uncluttered black and white lobby; once you're inside the rooms, it's as English as it gets.
Most of the hotel’s suites were designed by KCA, the same company behind the interior design of Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab hotel and Madinat Jumeirah resort. Amidst the rooms’ textured wood, ornamental drapes, embroidered upholstery, plush sofas and lavish chandeliers, you’ll experience traditional English style. And how can the hotel stand for anything else if it sits on the site of Queen Elizabeth II’s childhood home?
If you want to wake up to a view, book a room that overlooks Hyde Park and the 19th century triumphal Wellington Arch by English architect Decimus Burton. But make sure you set your alarm, because the windows are sound proof and the massive foam mattress will have you sleeping late and sound.
We stayed at the spacious Deluxe Suite with a separate, large dining and working area. Our favourite part of the room, however, is the dressing table. While many hotels forgo dressing tables for working areas, this suite caters to every woman's needs. It's the details that count, and the details show it’s not a man’s world at the InterContinental London Park Lane, and that’s refreshing.
But we knew that already, since this was our second stay at the hotel. In fact, our first time at the InterContinental was also our first time in London, which is why we fell in love with the property's authentic room design and fine service.
It offers more affordable Executive Rooms too, which while smaller, also feature elegant interiors. Some overlook the courtyard instead of Hyde Park, but if you can sacrifice the view and are on a lower budget, we recommend the smaller room. It feels cosier than a suite anyway, and you still get your working desk, Bluetooth sound system and flat screen TV.
If you want some urban chic, head down to The Arch Bar on the ground floor. It holds a particularly special place in our hearts as its where we had our first celebratory drink in London.
Named after the Wellington Arch which it overlooks from its terrace, the bar follows the lobby’s understated design with a touch of glamour; perfect for pre-dinner drinks, casual business meeting or afternoon coffee (or tea).
As we were in London for business, we missed out on dinner at famed Italian restaurant Theo Randall, but luckily had the chance to try its breakfast menu, where you will find everything from delicious Bruschetta di avocado to buttermilk pancakes and waiting staff that will make you feel right at home.
And what better than a soulful hotel in the heart of London to make you want to fly right back to this charming city?For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.