When my friends emailed me on WhatsApp to ask what my hotel room at 45 Park Lane looked like, I only got one response. Did I tell them about the design and technology in the bedroom, bedroom and living room, or maybe the view over Hyde Park? No, it was those five words: “There is a bath menu. “
You know when a hotel has the well-being of its guests in mind when you can ask your host to prepare a bath in ways such as ‘silent tranquility’, ‘jet lag remedy’ or ‘refocusing of thoughts’. Including a pre-mixed bath oil, a relaxing candle and an herbal tea, this five-star bath will prepare you for what will be a five-star stay in the heart of the capital.
If you need a little rest and relaxation, you’ve come to the right place.
The hotel: privacy and discretion
Located in London’s Mayfair, you guessed it, at 45 Park Lane, this luxury hotel has just 45 rooms and suites all of which overlook Hyde Park. If you really want a panoramic view of the capital, there’s also the spectacular Penthouse Suite – an Art Deco two-bed, two-bathroom top-floor apartment with a panoramic terrace.
Part of the Dorchester Collection portfolio, 45 Park Lane sits literally across from the group’s flagship. One big difference though is that 45 Park Lane doesn’t have an imposing facade like the Dorchester – if you walk past it you might not even notice the low-key but artistic entrance.
This sets the tone for the hotel as a whole. Once checked in, guests are left in private to enjoy their stay, but should you require anything the attentive hotel staff will be happy to help.
In a previous life, the hotel was once the Playboy Club, which was nicknamed “the park hutch” and a hangout for the rich and famous of London’s Swinging Sixties. Those days may be over, but guests will still feel like a rock star thanks to the hotel’s upscale amenities.
The suite: modern, but classic
With its distinctive Art Deco style, Forbes Travel Guide calls 45 Park Lane a “breath of fresh air” and throughout the building it is clear that art and design is a major theme. The same goes for the rooms and suites. My accommodation, on the fourth floor, was more like an apartment than a suite because it included a dining area, a living room and a bedroom. The decor style was comfortable and classic, but the suite also had all the necessary comforts including wide screen TVs (three of them) with Bang & Olufsen speaker systems.
Back to the theme of well-being, it’s not just the bath menu that caught my attention. While rummaging through the many areas of the room, inside the cabinet was a 45 Park Lane brand yoga mat. I’m not a yogi myself, but for all the guests who want to maintain their Yoga With Adriene schedule on YouTube, the mat is a good idea.
The facilities: swimming and gym
The yoga mat will also come in handy when you visit the hotel’s most impressive and newer feature – the spa at 45 Park Lane – which only opened in May and might just be the most exclusive spa. from London.
Available to hotel guests and residents of Mayfair Park Residences, the luxury spa facilities include a 20m swimming pool, resident lounge, personal exercise room and state-of-the-art gym. Spa treatments are not available at 45 Park Lane, but if guests want a massage or treatment, they will need to book at the Dorchester Spa across the road.
Designed by Jouin Manku, The Spa features Roman-style mosaics by Venetian artisans and selected works by American fine art photographer Jin-Woo Prensena and British sculptor Jill Berelowitz.
Food and drink: a CUP above
Just because wellness is on the menu at 45 Park Lane, it’s okay to forget about calorie counting for an evening or two. Give yourself a night off and indulge in the F&B options at CUT at 45 Park Lane, the first restaurant in Europe from world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck.
Continuing the hotel’s arty vibe, this ground-floor restaurant features a sleek design with artwork throughout, including that of Damien Hirst Diamond Dust Psalms series. Another thing I loved about CUT was the music. There are no pan flute instruments here, the atmosphere was definitely uplifted by rock tunes.
It’s not only the decor that is a work of art at CUT, but also the menu of new Executive Chef Jamie Shears. As the name suggests, the restaurant’s steaks really draw a crowd. My guest and I enjoyed a taste of the CUT menu, which included a selection of appetizers, a tuna tartare as a starter, a steak for the main course and a mix of desserts. The Alaska baked with cherries and almonds was sensational. And then there were the wines. Let’s just say it was going to take a decent ride on the treadmill to burn it all off.
Cocktail lovers should head to BAR 45 which has its own Negroni cart. Head bartender Francesco Orefici added a number of twists to the classic recipe and created his own Golden Negroni.
The neighborhood: enjoy the life of the park
It’s all about location, location, location when you stay at 45 Park Lane. If you want to continue the wellness theme of your city break, the nearby Royal Parks – Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park – are perfect for a walk, run or bike ride. If hustle and bustle is what you are looking for then Mayfair, Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Westminster are just steps away and offer a plethora of restaurants, nightclubs and shopping. If you’ve never been to the Dorchester, a dinner at the Grill, a cocktail at the bar, or afternoon tea at the Promenade are worth trying.
While this is a great base in London for visitors to city breaks, should you even bother to leave the hotel? There might be shops, theaters and nightclubs on the doorstep, but the point is that the rooms, spa and restaurant at 45 Park Lane are so tempting that staying at home is definitely the new outlet. . After about a year, we all deserve to be pampered, right? Where is this bath menu …
45 Park Lane, London W1K 1PN. Room prices start from £ 855; dorchestercollection.com