* Adjusts the top hat. * Park Lin don’t you know?! She fancy huh?
I really, really don’t fantasize about my friends (although as a Taurus, we have an appreciation~~ for beautiful things, so take advantage of that what you’ll do!) so when I was approached with the opportunity to stay a few nights at the InterContinental Hotel at one of London’s most exclusive addresses, I definitely took the opportunity.
I’ve had my fair share of hotel stays over the years while traveling both domestically and internationally, and I can definitely say that the service at the InterContinental is definitely among the best of the two. And it’s not that I’m just saying it for the sake of sayings – I had no obligation to create any content for this stay but I’m doing it anyway because my experience was *that* so without further ado, let’s get into it!
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InterContinental is a 5-star luxury hotel with chains and resorts all over the world. They refer to their brand as “the epitome of modern luxury,” with the Park Lane venue boasting more than 447 rooms (including 71 suites).
The hotel is located on top of the PRIME real estate: 1 Park Lane. Located directly between Knightsbridge and Mayfair, the hotel offers fantastic panoramic views of Green Park and Hyde Park. Your closest stops are Hyde Park Corner (5 minute walk) and Green Park Station, with plenty of buses outside the hotel that will take you to Knightsbridge, Kensington, Victoria and other shopping and sightseeing points.
From the outside, you’d be forgiven for thinking the building hosted a plethora of offices inside, where the brutal 1960s architecture screams ‘company’, but as soon as you enter the building, you are transported to another world filled with marble floors, fresh cut flowers, chandeliers, and beautiful scents that fill The ambiance thanks to the exclusive candle fragrance “No 1 Park Lane” available for purchase at the hotel. Absolute goals.
The hotel has five restaurants and bars, including Theo RandallWhich is considered one of the best Italian restaurants in London. During the first night, I ate dinner at No. 1 Park LaneThe hotel’s outdoor restaurant overlooks parts of Hyde Park. Even though it was outside, it was equipped with a great heating system, ensuring that customers were warm and comfortable. The menu was warm and inviting, with a variety of European and British dishes beautifully presented and amazingly tasting. For those who drink, you’ll be happy to know that the drink list was incredibly wide and varied.
For lunch/afternoon tea, I had dinner in the hotel’s “Club Intercontinental”, which is an exclusive lounge located on the top floor with panoramic views of the city. The lounge is open from 1 pm and serves delicious afternoon tea, along with a variety of fruits, snacks and beverages for guests to choose from throughout the day. It’s also a great place to work – there are many delivery outlets near the comfortable sofas and chairs.
I stayed on the 3rd floor in one of the newly renovated Mayfair rooms and baybee?? Whew! Comforts! the bed! I almost didn’t want to leave my room. The king size bed was incredibly comfortable and I had some of the best nights sleep I’ve had in a very long time. Inside the room there is also a huge wardrobe and a desk for those who want to work with a great view of the royal gardens. The widescreen TV has a variety of all the channels we know and love, and the marble bathroom with walk-in rain shower just screams luxury. There is also a temperature-controlled air conditioning unit and an ultra-fast heating system.
You can experience the service at InterContinental as soon as you step out the front doors after being greeted by the concierge. I felt very cared for, and felt as if I was the most important person in the hotel. All the staff knew my name, I don’t think it was because it was a talented stay as I mentioned earlier, and I wasn’t asked to create any mandatory content for this stay. The staff were very helpful and polite, and did their best to make me feel welcome and refreshed at all times. Honestly, it was amazing and it felt incredibly special.
- I was constantly asked about any allergies or dietary requirements whenever I ordered food. It’s funny that not many hotels tend to do this (it’s usually written down), so I appreciate the effort.
- At least counting, I think there were about 12 elevators on the ground floor that could accommodate a max of 20 people per cart, which is great.
- The entrance to the hotel is free of steps!
- Towels are huge. A huge huge plus for me.
- Bathrobes are rated “one size fits most”. I’m a size 24, and the gown *just* fits me. I managed to tie the robe around me, but it was tight and therefore not the most comfortable to sit in. I would say the size fits a size 20/22.
- As a fat person, I’m always excited about the incredibly comfy super sized beds! The beds are not close to the ground which is great, because sometimes it can be uncomfortable on the back when it bends when lying on some beds.
- The bathroom doors are quite narrow, so something to note if you are a plus size.
- TV channels have a huge selection of world TV stations, as well as language options for viewing programs in them.
- One of my favorite things about this hotel is that the breakfast room service ends at midday. mid!! With a lot of hotels you have to get up at crack of dawn for breakfast because for some reason the standard end time seems to be between 9:30-10am which means you can’t really sleep. Public room service also continues until 11:30 pm.
Everything at InterContinental just screams luxury, and I would definitely stay again as a pleasure. Everything from the super friendly service, to the spacious accessibility and the beautiful rooms were perfect, and if you are looking for a very central and luxurious hotel close to many transportation and shopping areas, the InterContinental has to be your go-to!
*This was a gifted stay at the hotel without the need for revision. As usual, all reviews and opinions are mine! *