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InterContinental Hotel London Park Lane: A Rewarding Hotel Experience

Liz and her husband have stayed in many hotels. They aim to help other travelers make informed choices by sharing their experiences.

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InterContinental Hotel London Park Lane

This article combines general information about InterContinental Hotel London Park Lane with our own experience of staying in the hotel in the following order:

  1. About the Hotel
  2. Location
  3. Facilities
  4. Why We Chose to Stay at InterContinental London Park Lane
  5. Initial Impressions
  6. Check-In
  7. Our Room
  8. The Protest
  9. Any Problems?
  10. Wedding Anniversary
  11. Drinks in the Bar
  12. Exploring the Local Area
  13. Hotel Dining on the Cheap
  14. Top Employee
  15. Thoughts on Our Experience
  16. Top Tips: How to Make the Most of Your Stay
InterContinental Hotel London Park Lane.

InterContinental Hotel London Park Lane.

1. About the Hotel

InterContinental Hotel London Park Lane is a 5-star hotel with 449 rooms and suites. The 8-floor building was built between 1968 and 1975. Classic rooms look into an inner courtyard. More expensive superior, deluxe, and executive rooms look out over Hamilton Place, Piccadilly, towards the Wellington Arch or Park Lane over to Hyde Park. Suites command the best views from the hotel over London.

The hotel is built on the site of 145 Piccadilly, the Queen's childhood home, which was destroyed in the blitz during World War II.

Houses opposite the hotel, which survived the blitz.

Houses opposite the hotel, which survived the blitz.

2. Location

InterContinental London Park Lane commands a prime central London location. Its address reminds many people of the London property game, Monopoly, where Mayfair and Park Lane are in the coveted highest value property band.

The hotel stands on an iconic corner of the capital, overlooking the Wellington Arch, with views of Green Park, Buckingham Palace garden, and Hyde Park. Apsley House, home of the Duke of Wellington, is across the road. As it was the first house past the toll gates at Knightsbridge for visitors from the country, Apsley House was called Number 1 London.

3. Facilities

Restaurants and Bars

The hotel boasts of having the best Italian restaurant in London in the Theo Randall restaurant and prides itself on the high standard of meals offered by the chef himself. The restaurant is located on the ground floor, to the right of the entrance.

Number One Park Lane Terrace opened in September 2021 to offer Al Fresco dining on the terrace.

The Arch Bar is located on the ground floor and serves a wide range of drinks and cocktails with windows looking out towards Green Park.

The Wellington Lounge specializes in serving afternoon tea as well as coffees, pastries, and an all-day menu.

Ella Canta is a Mexican restaurant also on the ground floor on the other side of the hotel. This restaurant is currently closed.

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Club InterContinental Lounge

Located on the 7th floor, the lounge boasts a great view over London. Guests look down on Green Park, the Wellington Arch, and Hyde Park Corner. A breakfast buffet is served here, as well as afternoon tea, light refreshments throughout the day, and food and alcohol in the evening. Membership comes at an additional cost as part of an enhanced room package.

It was closed during our stay, but has now reopened.

The tall windows of Club InterContinental Lounge can be seen on the 7th floor.

The tall windows of Club InterContinental Lounge can be seen on the 7th floor.

Fitness

The 24-hour fitness center is located in a large area on the first floor. Entry was gained easily with my contactless room key card. On a late Friday afternoon, I had the area completely to myself. The center covered several hotel rooms in size and had a dark wood floor.

The modern cardio equipment was arranged in rows facing 2 large tv screens and mirrors at the end of the room. There was one rowing machine, a spin bike, a further exercise bike, 4 cross-trainers, and 5 treadmills (one was out of order). Weight resistance equipment was arranged in areas down the side and there was an area with weights and mats at the far end of the room.

Clean towels were on most of the machines. I took my own water, but the hotel website indicates that water and fruit are available. As hotel fitness centers go, it was one of the best equipped that I have visited.

Spa

When we visited, the spa was closed. It no longer features on the hotel website.