Hotel Review: InterContinental London Park Lane
The InterContinental London Park Lane is a luxury hotel in the British capital. My stay was enjoyable overall, but I still found the hotel to be overpriced. In this hotel review I’ll explain what made my stay pleasant and why I’d still choose another hotel in London next time.
London is definitely a complicated hotel market. First of all, prices are crazy at many dates. Second of all, a good location often is even more pricey. For example, I’ve stayed at the One Alwdych London, which is fairly nice, but at the same time not any special.
- Classification: Five Stars
- Room Category: One Bedroom Suite
- Month of Stay: July
On the other hand, I’ve also stayed at the Conrad London St. James, which I did not only like, but though to offer a decent value for the money, too.
The InterContinental London Park Lane, located near the famous Wellington Arch and right opposite of the Hide Park, sadly is one of the most pricey hotels in the city, mainly due to its location. While the hotel is quite nice, I still wouldn’t choose it again due to the high price point. Read why in this extensive hotel review.
One Bedroom Suite at the InterContinental London Park Lane
For my stay at the interContinental London Park Lane, I had booked an Executive Room. Thanks to my Ambassador Status with InterContinental, I was upgraded to a One Bedroom Suite, which was actually a double upgrade (there would also be a Studio Suite).
The One Bedroom Suite is very spacious for London. There’s a large living room with a couch and an armchair as well as a working desk with a basic chair.
Right next to the entrance, there’s a small guest bathroom.
It’s also worth noting that there was quite a nice welcome gift waiting for me thanks to my Ambassador membership.
The bedroom is separated from the living room by a door and is a little smaller with just am armchair and the very comfortable King Bed.
Connected to the bedroom, you can find the main bathroom, which comes with a shower-tub combo, a sink and a toilet as well as a bidet.
Something else worth talking about (or not) might be the view. The suite faced the inner courtyard. Well, not the best view I’ve had in my life…
All in all, I found the One Bedroom Suite at the InterContinental London Park Lane to be fairly nice, but not particularly luxurious. The furniture looked a little worn and didn’t look very fitting either. On the plus side, there is a Nespresso coffee machine in the suite.
The bed was very comfortable, the minibar was very well stocked and the housekeeping did a good job, but that’s about it when it comes to the amazement about this particular suite.
Drinks & Food at the InterContinental London Park Lane
The InterContinental London Park Lane obviously offers 24 hours of room service with an extensive menu. Additionally, there’s one famous and one a little more casual restaurant as well as a bar.
I went to the latter to enjoy my complimentary welcome drink sponsored by the IHG Rewards Club. Not only did I have a glass of wine, but I also decided to order the burger, which set me back nearly 20 GBP.
While pricey, the quality of the burger and the fries was quite good. So was the service, making it a very nice experience for a snack in the evening.
Gym at the InterContinental London Park Lane
As all InterContinental Hotels, the London Park Lane property comes with a spacious gym. I was actually a little surprised how big and nice the gym is. While it faces the inner courtyard and doesn’t have much in the terms of views, the gym is very well equipped and extremely modern.
There are dozens of machines, some for cardio and some for strength training. There are even some rather seldom machines for hotel gyms, including a rowing machine. Then there’s also a large area with free weights.
Everything is very modern and in an immaculate shape. Water and towels are available at your convenience. While there is no pool or anything, the gym of the InterContinental London Park Lane definitely is great.
Overall impressions of the InterContinental London Park Lane
While I didn’t have breakfast at the InterContinental London Park Lane due to my early departure, I think that I got impression of the hotel. My suite was very spacious, but upgrades like this don’t happen any day. That aside I found the decor and furniture to not be especially great, both in the room and in the bathroom. The bed was very comfortable though. The service, both at the bar and in all other areas, was very good though.
The same is true for the gym. I also enjoyed my snack at the bar. The location is a big plus, too. Nevertheless, I find the InterContinental London to be overpriced for what it offers in terms of the rooms. But well, we’re speaking of London, so that might rather be the norm than the exception…