Sheraton Grand London Park Lane
Green Park is just across the street; you are going to find a view of its narcissus blossoms and silver pine trees in the front-facing bedrooms on the top floors. The resort is situated on Piccadilly and its own shopping qualifications comprise Waterstones, Fortnum & Mason and the designer boutiques of Old Bond Street that a 10-minute stroll off.
Style & personality
A multimillion-pound refurbishment that required two decades has chiselled, plastered, polished and buffed the Sheraton to its former alabaster-sconced, silver-foiled Roaring Twenties glory (it first opened in 1927). Expect gilded ancient reliefs, wall lamps shaped like paper scrolls, and powerful art deco columns which, because of smart use of hidden light bulbs, exude a dreamy, milky-white light. Take care not to venture up admiring the new trefoiled rugs that have substituted their own grubby predecessors; they will make you wish you had worn out your Mary Janes or wingtip Oxford brogues.
Here is the type of resort that strives to steamroller guests using its own uniqueness, but additionally, it is romantic enough to immediately feel at ease: couches in the lobby are swaddled in plum velvet cloth so profound you could miss an earring from the surface, however a cozy fresh affixed library space has been lined with battered tomes from Rudyard Kipling and Edgar Allan Poe. From the sexed-up Palm Court, pilasters garnished with aluminum and murals using inlays of bronze dazzle beneath a revived butter-yellow stained-glass skylight — and yet squishy burnt-orange banquettes make it snugger than the draughty, rattan-chaired stadium this was.
Service & amenities
Most striking are the garrulous waiters in purple waistcoats and matching bow ties at the Palm Court; they speak rapturously to guests regarding the resort’s 90-year history and tradition of afternoon tea. Breakfast service was rough: my tea came without milk.
Facilities include a fitness center and also the many glamorous ballroom in London, the Silver Gallery — its own chandeliers resemble spewing fountains and palladium leaf walls rainbow someplace between bronze and platinum. Walk around when it is vacant and quiet — besides the remote dull growl of this intermittent Piccadilly line train.
The bedrooms are at present miniature art deco palaces within their own right, and now there are 43 brand new suites. Anticipate Style Moderne mirrors, funky Twenties-style cylindrical light fittings, and miniature etchings of Perseus’s winged horse Pegasus. Gold leather headboards, bronze pouffes and light bulbs encased in spheres made from countless silver decoration add a contemporary, high profile gloss. The textures are only as persuasive as the visuals: feature walls made by a wispy gray material feel as flattened cotton wool.
All rooms have a free smartphone which guests may take out and around together. They’re also supplied with minibars and Nespresso machines. Retro, white-butcher-tiled baths have rain showers and separate bathtubs. Molton Brown toiletries.
Food & beverage
Cocktails in the Smith & Whistle pub are outlandish: do not hesitate to taste coriander seeds, balsamic vinegar or Szechuan pepper honey blended in together with your gin. Mercante, a sharing-plate restaurant which really does southern Italian, seems like a Sardinian trattoria, using its own slabs of ham hanging in the counter along with mural of the Tyrrhenian Sea on the wall. Do not overlook the scialatielli, a fat, al dente pasta in the Amalfi coast. It is available in a severe, strong crab sauce which provides salt-spiked back-notes of samphire.
Afternoon tea at the Palm Court is a cure for guests who wish to indulge in chakra silver-tipped green tea in Indonesia and smoked salmon and chamomile scones as a harpist plays. Breakfast is a grand buffet enlivened with Italian flourishes such as figs wrapped in prosciutto and a frittata of this afternoon.
Value for cash
Double rooms from #220 in low season; also out of #330 at high. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is surplus at #25 each individual.
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