Four Seasons London at Park Lane- London, England

The Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane  manages a balance of both cosmopolitan chic and business, but is yet welcoming to families. Located in the heart of the Mayfair district, the property is conventionality located within walking distance to some of London’s most regarded landmarks: Hyde Park, Green Park, Kensington Gardens, Buckingham Palace, to name a few. The hotel is also close to great restaurants, fabulous shopping and the super easy to navigate underground train better known as “the tube”.

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Arrival from Heathrow

If your family is arriving from Heathrow, as we did, there are a few different options for transportation; the tube, black cab, or private car service.  We decided that since this was going to be our first time traveling to London, and we were going to be very jet-lagged,  that we would have the hotel arrange for our transportation.  Our driver met us at baggage, helped us with our bags and then  delivered us to to the hotel a luxury Mercedes sedan pointing out interesting landmarks along the way. When it was time to check out of the hotel and return to the airport we used a black cab and it cost about   £ 80 or $100.00 US.

 

The rooms

Guest Room

Guest Room

The rooms are  a fairly generous size considering it’s a city hotel. My daughter and I stayed in a Deluxe Room with one king bed. Our room was on the 7th floor and we had lovely city views, and were even able to see the  London Eye off in the distance.  Rooms either have city views or Hyde Park views, regardless, the higher the floor the better view. The room had a small “balcony” that you could take maybe one step out onto, which good enough to get a sense of the weather before heading out.  We found the rooms to be very clean, sophisticated in design and the bedding to be comfortable. Upon arrival, the hotel had a roll-away bed setup in our room for my daughter, as well as a welcoming platter of fresh fruit and colorful macaroons.

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Makers, Beverage Fridge
  • Plush bathrobes (for children too) and amazing bath products
  • Safe (large enough for a laptop)
  • Down Comforters and Pillows
  • Wifi
  • Twice-daily Housekeeping
  • Complimentary Newspapers
  • Power Converters
  • Child Proofing (upon request)
  • Bathroom vanities with double sinks, TV in the mirror, separate shower with rain forest shower head
  • Ample Closets and Storage

…to name a few… and try to book on a high floor to enjoy the view!

DINING

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As I was traveling with my 11 year-old daughter, who has a relatively sophisticated palate, we
found menu of the house restaurant to be a but fussy, so we did not dine at the house restaurant, Amaranto.

Amaranto- modern Italian cuisine with an English twist.  On the menu you will find seafood, pasta and meat entrees. The restaurant  is open for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Weekend Brunch and Afternoon Tea.

Amaranto Lounge-  All-day dining is available in “the lounge”, which is  conveniently located just off the lobby. At intimate gathering space you can enjoying anything from a Club Sandwich to Caviar.  Since this hotel seems to cater to a more business crowd, you won’t find too many kids congregating here.

Amaranto Bar- where  can enjoy light snacks , cocktails  or a fine Italian wine (extensive selection)

Veuve Clicquot ‘The Secret Garden’- the only outdoor space in Mayfair where guests can enjoy a glass of Veuve Clicquot RICH and light fare.

In-Room Dining- offers a very wide variety of options to choose from. Everything we ordered, was delicious and there were plenty of kid-friendly options; cheeseburgers, pasta with butter, fish-n-chips, paninis and brownie sundaes! We mostly did room service for breakfast, and everything was excellent.

the spa

While the Four Seasons London at Park Lane does not have a pool, it does have a spa.  The spa isspa-four-seasons-london
a rooftop sanctuary located on the 10th floor.  There are nine treatment rooms where guests can enjoy body and facial treatments.  For those who are craving a more energetic rejuvenation, the spa also offers a workout facility with modern equipment (trainers available upon request).

additional amenities/services

  • Complimentary use of the hotel’s chauffeur drive Rolls Royce (when available, 2 mile radius four-seasons-park-london-rolls-royce-house-carlimit)
  • Babysitting Service (24 hour notice required)
  • Extremely knowledgeable and friendly Concierge service
  • Complimentary coloring books, games, and Xbox consoles
  • Currency exchange at front desk
  • Valet Parking
  • Business Services

NEARBY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

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  • Hyde Park and Green Park
  • Buckingham Palace and Changing of the Guard
  • Kensington Palace, Diana Memorial Playground
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Fortnum & Mason (wonderful for afternoon tea)
  • Shopping on Bond Street and surrounding

special shout out: 

A special shout  out goes to the remarkable housekeeping service who delivered my daughter’s stuffed giraffe to our room at 2 in the morning when she discovered he was missing . Turns out Jerry the giraffe got scoped up in the sheets when housekeeping was changing the beds. Within 20 minutes of my putting out an all-points bulletin with the  front desk, he was safety returned and sleep was resumed (for her anyway).

excitement level: 

Subdued

Ambiance: 

Business chic

highlights: 

  • Super friendly and welcoming staff
  • Being chauffeured int he house Rolls Royce
  • Excellent In-Room Dining
  • Convenient Location to the tube and attractions
  • Knowledgeable concierge  team

lowLIGHTS: 

  • Fussy menu in the main restaurant
  • No pool

Takeaway:

The Four Seasons London at Park Lane is a fabulous option if you are looking for a five-star hotel in a prime location that is family-friendly.   This hotel boasts all the fine qualities of a Four Seasons property, and more than suffice as your home away from home.  Although their might be other hotels in London with a livelier, family oriented atmosphere, we would not hesitate to stay here again.

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