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London: Hotels

Fresh From Million-Dollar Make Overs, London's Top Hotels Are Enjoying A Renaissance
Stephen Brook
From the Print Edition:
Jeff Bridges, Sep/Oct 01

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The hotel offers a variety of dining options: the famous Grill Room, with its mostly traditional British dishes; the stylish and expensive Oriental with its Cantonese food; and the bar, where simple Italian dishes are served to those who want a light meal.

With its immense lobby, The Dorchester is not a hotel for the shy and retiring. It is very much a public arena, backed up by comfortable well-equipped rooms and a high level of service.

The Four Seasons Hotel London

Hamilton Place, Park Lane, Mayfair, W1A 1AZ

Tel.: 44/207-499-0888
Fax: 44/207-493-1895

Web: www.fourseasons.com

183 rooms; 37 suites
Rates: singles about $400; doubles about $450; suites from about $625 to $2,750

Centrally located on the corner of Park Lane and Piccadilly, the Four Seasons London, formerly known as the Inn on the Park, has maintained consistently high standards since it opened in 1970. Although it has always catered to the business traveler, the decor suggests the comforts of home rather than the cold efficiency of a standard business hotel. A recent innovation is curbside check-in.

The standard rooms are surprisingly spacious and will soon come equipped with high-speed Internet access, two-line phones, safes, free access to CD and video libraries. There are some very attractive suites, notably the seven Park Suites with their balconies overlooking Hyde Park, which offer fax machines (curiously lacking from standard rooms) and cordless phones. Particularly airy and stylish are the 11 Conservatory Suites, which share a very large terrace.

A small health club is accessible round the clock with your room key; each fitness machine has its own TV, so you can select the channel of your choice while shedding the pounds.


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