Recently revamped, The Lanesborough on London’s Hyde Park Corner perfects Regency style through the lens of interior design firm Cabinet Alberto Pinto.
As far as posh hotels fare in London, none echo the grandeur of the Lanesborough. Situated between Knightsbridge, Hyde Park and Mayfair, the hotel welcomes guests with a fleet of chauffeur-driven Rolls- Royces at their disposal, setting the expectation of perhaps rigid formality—but the reality is quite the opposite. The Lanesborough’s reputation as the most exclusive five-star hotel in London is warranted, but after an extensive renovation, the interior of the property—a former hospital— feels warm and welcoming. Contributing to the residential feel is the no-check-in-required policy: Upon arrival, first-time guests are ushered directly to their room to get settled. Children and pets are gladly accommodated and gifted with deluxe welcoming packages. Every component of The Lanesborough speaks to luxury, from the fine dining options (including in-room) to the new Club & Spa offerings to the decor: Each floor has its own color palette—one is a canary yellow, another a peacock and navy mix of hues—and all 93 rooms, 43 of which are suites, have a round-the-clock dedicated butler.
Original art, much from Sir Joshua Reynolds, a top British artist whose pieces are displayed in restored gold leaf frames, hangs throughout the hotel. The workmanship of the wood from Indian craftsmen and draperies secured from fine French fabric producers dot the property, yet the true Brit personality, reflected in the Regency-styled rooms and concierge, as well as upcoming seasonal decor and events, shines through. Rooms from $577 per night, suites from $800 per night, oetkercollection.com