Last year, having reopened its doors after a lavish 18-month, top-to-toe revamp, The Lanesborough shook off its scaffolding to reclaim its crown as one of the Capital’s most luxurious, if not most expensive, hotels.
If luxury to you means cool, funky and stripped back, then don’t come here. This is the antithesis of modern luxury and, when it comes to plushness, The Lanesborough has stuck with the traditional. Carpets are deep, the marble is hand-cut, chandeliers are oversized and windows are covered with elaborate swags and tails.
The rumoured £80 million overhaul of the landmark Regency building was designed by the late designer Alberto Pinto, renowned for his lavish designs. After his death in 2012, his sister Linda Pinto took over the project, employing a vast line-up of artisans and craftsmen to reflect the heritage of the building.
As a result, rooms are über comfortable: think canopied beds, chinoiserie-print curtains and beautifully intricate plasterwork on the ceilings. The palette here is deep and rich: claret, cream and gold. Walls are lined with oil paintings, and, if you can’t find your TV, press the remote control – you might just find it hidden behind one. From the Roja Dove toiletries to the first-rate service on tap (all of the 50 rooms and 43 suites come with your own butler) – The Lanesborough offers the very essence of a pampering hotel experience. Cementing this even further will be the new mega-spa, which is slated to open in spring 2017.
One of the highlights is the Michelin-starred menu on offer in the hotel’s signature restaurant Celèste. At the helm is executive chef Florian Favario, with Eric Frechon (one of Paris’ most esteemed chefs) as chef patron. If you are not wowed by the elegant, china-blue dining room then you will be bowled over by the exquisitely complex food that will be laid before you. From the simply described – but beautifully multi-layered – French Onion starter to the Scottish Salmon (which comes with sautéed cabbage and ginger butter) this is fine dining turned up a notch.
A stay here is not an everyday experience – and that’s what sets it apart from the newer kids on the block. It’s not necessarily hip or cool, but it is special. Book in for a momentous occasion. It won’t let you down.
Rates: A Deluxe Queen room starts from £590 per night on a room only basis. www.lanesborough.com
This review was also published in The Jewish Chronicle on 3 February 2017 and can also be seen here