This prestigious hotel overlooking Hyde Park has been completely transformed both internally and externally and has reinstated its original name, Royal Lancaster London.
The entire frontage of the hotel has been remodelled and has an opulent, new entrance. The exterior architecture now features a dramatic eight-metre high, glazed façade revealing an impressive double-height reception space. But the showpiece for me is a palatial sweeping staircase in the lobby made of white Carrara marble, which wraps around to the first floor.
Also set within acres of white marble is the elegant Hyde Bar, aptly named after London’s most famous Royal Park. The bar is designed with the most discerning guests in mind, serving Champagne, cocktails, coffee and light cuisine throughout the day.
The redesign of this towering, 18-storey hotel encompasses the complete refurbishment of all 411 guestrooms and suites. Every guestroom has a far-reaching view across London, and the modern design emphasises these premium vistas.
Room categories start with the Classic Double Room – 20 square meters in size and priced from £219 per night. All of the guest rooms have Handy phones, hidden international plug sockets, bathrobes, slippers, The White Company toiletries, waterfall showers and underfloor heating in the bathrooms. TVs show over 138 international channels and 33 radio stations are available.
The first stage of the refurbishment commenced in 2015 with the redesign of Nipa Thai, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant. The Lounge Bar and The Park Room on the first floor have also undergone a soft redesign.
Having opened as one of the chicest hotels in London in 1967, Royal Lancaster London has an illustrious history; from Michael Caine being filmed there for The Italian Job to playing host to events attended by Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and countless other royals. The hotel also famously hosted the after-party for The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine film premiere.
I stay here often. Why? Immaculate hotel, perfect location, spectacular views over Hyde Park and London’s skyline, delicious food, amazing cocktails and genuine, friendly guest relations. Lancaster Gate tube station is next door and a short stroll west takes you to Notting Hill and Holland Park. Walk east to Marble Arch and Oxford Street or go south through the park and find yourself in Kensington or Knightsbridge, and the rest of London is within easy reach. What’s not to like?
Royal Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY Tel: 020 7551 6000 or royallancaster.com